Join us online for ED Talks on either Tuesday or Friday from 10 to 11 a.m. for a FREE series of live, instructor-led courses. Get educated and be entertained from the comfort of home with both professional and personal topics.

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The Freedom of Flight

Friday, September 25

Instructor: Mark Boguski

General Aviation pilots enjoy an incredible freedom to be able to travel whenever and wherever they want in the United States and Canada. No schedules, no TSA, scenic views and over 5,000 public use airports await a GA pilot.  What does it take to become a pilot and what can you do with your pilot's certificate?  Whether you fly for business or pleasure, general aviation opens up a whole new horizon of possibilities.

Mark is an aviation instructor at JCCC and a Certified Flight Instructor, or CFI. Like most aviators, he loves to share his passion for flying and does so as a flight instructor, an aviation speaker, and a writer.  Mark first got his pilot’s certificate in 1977 and became a flight instructor in 2016 after a career in aerospace.  A second career as a flight instructor proved to be the perfect combination of flying, teaching, and traveling. In addition to teaching, Mark travels around the country giving seminars helping “rusty” pilots to return to flying. Outside of aviation, Mark has an obsession for climbing mountains and long-distance backpacking.

You can pay now, or you can pay later:  Making the Case for Leadership Development

Tuesday, September 29

Instructor: Elisa Waldman and Julie Vivas

Most leadership development programs are event based. You send your employees to a costly workshop and they come back excited to implement the new knowledge. Without practice, they forget what they learned. Then we fix it by offering leadership development training to the same people again, creating a very expensive cycle. 

In this session, we will share:

  • Why training programs fail?
  • A successful model for leadership development that JCCC has implemented.
  • An overview of the workshops, coaching, reinforcement tools and technology tools.
  • A deep dive into 2 impactful leadership tools. 

Elisa brings her past experiences as an attorney, retail store owner, small business consultant and grant administrator to her current position as Dean of Continuing Education at Johnson County Community College. Elisa and her colleagues in Continuing Education deliver dynamic opportunities to enhance career development and deepen personal enrichment. Elisa is passionate about offering innovative solutions to support the local and regional workforce and community. 

Elisa is an Adjunct Instructor of Business Law and Legal Analysis and Writing at JCCC.  She earned her bachelor’s degree in Social Theory from Harvard University and her J.D. from George Washington University. 

Julie is currently the Employee Relations Manager at JCCC, where she assists supervisors and employees in navigating various employment matters such as performance management, complaints, and conflicts. Julie is a part of the Living as a Leader team at JCCC and serves as a trainer and coach. Julie enjoys seeing how impactful this leadership series has been with her coaching groups.

Prior to JCCC, Julie has held leadership positions in various colleges and universities in the areas of Student Services, Conduct, Leadership Training, Title IX and Equity. Julie also spent over ten years as legal counsel to hundreds of educational institutions on the west coast.  Julie holds a Bachelor’s degree in Ethnic Studies and History, a Master of Science in Student Affairs in Higher Education, a Juris Doctor, and an LL.M. in Government and Public Policy with an emphasis in Education Law.  

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