Professional Development

Professional Development

Career Development | Small Business Resources | Career Training | Register

Schedule Dates Time Location Cost
Event Planning F, 11/6 9 a.m.-3:45 p.m. Upper Darby $119/
Resume Writing Boot Camp R, 11/12-19  6-8 p.m.  Marple  
Event Planning II F, 11/13 9 a.m.-3:45 p.m. Upper Darby
First Steps T, 11/17 6:30-8:30 p.m. Marple Free
Grant Writing II F, 11/20 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Exton $129/
Getting Paid to Talk W, 12/9 6:30-9 p.m. Marple $45/
First Steps T, 1/26 6:30-8:30 p.m. Marple Free
How to Start a Small Business T, 2/2-3/1 6-8 p.m. Marple $189/$229
Grant Writing and Research T, 2/9-16 6-8 p.m. Phoenixville $85/$115
Event Planning F, 2/19 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Marple
Life Coaching - The Profession S, 2/20-3/10 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Marple $159/$189
Launch Your Career Comeback! T, 2/23-5/10 9:30-11:30 a.m. Marple $125/$175 
First Steps T, 2/23 6:30-8:30 p.m. Marple Free
Resume Writing Boot Camp R, 3/3-10 6-8 p.m.  Marple  
Getting Paid to Talk R, 3/10 6:30-9 p.m. Marple $45/
First Steps T, 3/22 6:30-8:30 p.m. Marple Free
Introduction to Improv Comedy T, 3/22-5/17 7-9 p.m. Marple $179/$199 
Introduction to Mixology M, 3/28-5/2 6-8 p.m. Marple $139/$169 
Grant Writing and Research W, 4/6-13 6-8 p.m. Marple $85/$115
Grant Writing and Research F, 4/8 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Exton $85/$115
First Steps T, 4/19 6:30-8:30 p.m. Marple Free
Professional Wedding Planner F, 4/22-29 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Marple $139/$169 
Grant Writing II W, 4/27-5/4 6-9 p.m. Marple $129/
Developing Corporate Sponsorship M, 5/2-9 6-8 p.m. Marple $89/$119
Grant Writing II F, 5/6 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Exton $129/

Career Development

These services are not intended for students still enrolled in high school.

Resume Writing Boot Camp
In today’s competitive job marked, a powerful resume is critical to landing job interview. This two-session course on the elements of a compelling resume will assist you in revamping your current resume or creating a brand new one. Learn to write a dynamic cover letter to accompany your compelling resume. Interested in applying for a specific job? Bring the posting with you. This workshop is intended for those with a job target in mind. Those who need assistance with a career goal should call the Career and Counseling Center at 610-359-5324 for further information.

CAR 5597 / Length: 4 hours

CRN 1986 Thursdays
November 12-19
6-8 p.m. Marple Campus
CRN 2329 Thursdays
March 3-10
6-8 p.m. Marple Campus

Launch Your Career Comeback
Women: Invest 11 weeks preparing to launch your career comeback. Identify employable strengths, values, skills, MBTI personality type and previous work experience and use the information to identify jobs that fit your skills and personality. Increase confidence and job search motivation. Create a professional resume, develop a LinkedIn Profile and practice being an effective interviewer. For more information, call the Career Center at 610-359-5324.

CAR 5598 / Length: 22 hours
Cost: Sponsoring $125; Non-Sponsoring $175

CRN 2328 Tuesdays
Feb. 23-May 10
9:30-11:30 a.m. Marple Campus


First Steps
Confused about your career direction and unsure what to do first? This free, one-session workshop may be for you. A counselor explains the wide variety of career counseling services available at the College for community residents. Learn how to use the Career Resource Center’s computer programs for career exploration and other materials. Call the Career Center at 610-359-5324 to register for one of the following dates. Cost: Free
November 17
6:30-8:30 p.m. Marple Campus
January 26
6:30-8:30 p.m. Marple Campus
February 23
6:30-8:30 p.m. Marple Campus
March 22
6:30-8:30 p.m. Marple Campus
April 19
6:30-8:30 p.m. Marple Campus

Individual Career Counseling
Covers in depth what you need to know about yourself and the labor market in order to take charge of your life and move ahead. Helps you focus on skills, preferences, values and motivations. Day and evening appointments are available. For more information and to register, you must call the Career Center at 610-359-5324.

CAR 2141 / Length: four 1-hour sessions
Cost: Sponsoring $225; Non-Sponsoring: $255

Navigating Your Career in Challenging Times
Unemployed or feeling trapped in your current career? Learn how to assess your current situation, develop strategies, and take steps to gain greater control and fulfillment in a challenging job market. For more information, call the Career Center at 610-359-5324. 

CAR 4118 / Length: 20 hours
Cost: Sponsoring $114; Non-Sponsoring $163

Small Business Resources

How to Start a Small Business
For those considering starting a small business. Covers legal issues, business plans, market research, management, accounting, insurance, site selection and electronic equipment. Book included.

CAR 3427 / Length: 10 hours
Cost: Sponsoring $189; Non-Sponsoring: $229

CRM 1171 Tuesdays
Feb. 2-March 1
6-8 p.m. Marple Campus

Grant Writing II
Experience all aspects of proposal writing. Includes creating a project that fits funders’ guidelines, appropriate writing styles, developing a proposal strategy and plan for evaluation that fits funders’ requirements, and hands-on experience in writing a proposal. Samples provided.

CAR 3751 / Length: 6 hours
Cost: Sponsoring $129; Non-Sponsoring: $179

CRN 1951 Friday
November 20
9 a.m.-4 p.m. Exton Center
CRN 978 Wednesdays
April 27-May 4
6-9 p.m. Marple Campus
CRN 3090 Friday
May 6
9 a.m.-4 p.m. Exton Center

The Lean Transformation
Learn the key concepts of Lean and how to apply Lean principles to daily management within a specific industry and workplace.

CAR 5605 / Length: 4 hours
Cost: $99

Grant Writing and Research
Find out what it takes to prepare a successful proposal for funding for your organization, and learn the requirements of private foundations, public agencies and other funding sources. Prepare letters of inquiry, budget forms and grant applications, and become familiar with productive Internet sites in searching for funding resources.

CAR 3508 / Length: 4 hours
Cost: Sponsoring $85; Non-Sponsoring $115

CRN 2249 Tuesdays
6-8 p.m. Phoenixville Campus
CRN 509 Wednesdays
April 6-13
6-8 p.m. Marple Campus
CRN 1708 Friday
April 8
9 a.m.-1 p.m. Exton Center

Public Relations Tactics
Learn ways to promote and build your business or nonprofit at minimal expense, focusing on writing and distributing press releases. Explore story angles, inverted pyramid, formats and outlets.

CAR 4146 / Length: 4 hours
Cost: Sponsoring $89; Non-Sponsoring: $119

CRN 2236 Tuesdays
Feb. 2-9
8:05-10:05 p.m. Marple Campus

Developing Corporate Sponsorship
Learn how to identify and cultivate sponsors and when to ask for sponsorship. Learn which documents may need to be created, and the best marketing tactics and publications. Silent Auctions and event related sponsorships will also be discussed.

CAR 3882 / Length: 4 hours
Cost: Sponsoring $89; Non-Sponsoring: $119

CRN 3569 Mondays
May 2-9
6-8 p.m. Marple Campus


Career Training

Professional Wedding Planner
For professionals or professional training for a career. Includes organizing a wedding day, preparing a budget, understanding customs and etiquette, choosing venues, dressing reception tables, and negotiating contracts.

CAR 3705 / Length: 12 hours
Cost: Sponsoring $139; Non-Sponsoring: $169

CRN 1740 Fridays
April 22-29
9 a.m.-4 p.m. Marple Campus

Event Planning II
Go beyond event coordination to creative funding strategies and effective follow-up plans, forming and working effectively with a committee, and implementing a public relations plan.

CAR 3700 / Length: 6 hours
Cost: Sponsoring $119; Non-Sponsoring: $159

CRN 2877 Friday
November 13
9 a.m.-3:45 p.m. Upper Darby Center

Getting Paid to Talk
Explore aspects of voice-over work for television, film, radio, audio books, documentaries and the internet. Course covers all the basics of how to be successful in this exciting field and provides an opportunity to record a commercial script. Make money with your voice!

CAR 5480 / Length: 2.5 hours
Cost: Sponsoring: $45; Non-Sponsoring: $54

CRN 2019 Wednesday
December 9
6:30-9 p.m. Marple Campus
CRN 1777 Thursday
March 10
6:30-9 p.m. Marple Campus

Floral Design for Weddings
Hands-on workshop that focuses on personal wedding flowers for the bridal party, including corsages, boutonnieres and hand-tied bouquets. Please bring floral shears and an apron. Floral material will be provided.

CAR 5604 / Length: 6 hours
Cost: Sponsoring $179; Non-Sponsoring $199

Career Exploration
Deciding on a career? Changing careers? Identify exciting choices while you explore careers in the fields of Allied Health, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), Building Trades, and Business/Information Technology.

CAR 5585 / Length: 32 hours

Event Planning

Whether you are a seminar, conference, retreat, fundraiser or personal event coordinator, you need sound planning and project management skills. See how to get organized, set goals and pull it off—on time, on budget and without a hitch.

CAR 3382 / Length: 6 hours
Cost: Sponsoring $119; Non-Sponsoring: $159

CRN 1948 Friday
November 6
9 a.m.-3:45 p.m. Upper Darby Center
CRN 985 Friday
February 19
9 a.m.-4 p.m. Marple Campus

Introduction to Mixology
Prepare yourself for a career in bartending. Learn the recipes and preparation of 20-30 basic mixed drinks and various bar setups for restaurant, home and catering applications; become cognizant of liquor laws and responsible consumption of alcohol; and acquire skills in being relaxed and professional behind the bar. Book included.

CAR 2469 / Length: 12 hours
Cost: Sponsoring $139; Non-Sponsoring: $169

CRN 1329 Mondays
March 28-May 2
6-8 p.m. Marple Campus

Life Coaching—The Profession
Coaching is a distinct skill set and process for professional and personal transformation. Learn to distinguish coaching from counseling, therapy and consulting, and develop skills in helping others discover their strengths, set goals, and achieve them. Then reinforce your new language and communication process, learning methods to attract and retain clients, and strengthen your coaching business foundation.

CAR 4135 / Length: 16 hours
Cost: Sponsoring $159; Non-Sponsoring $189

CRN 1090 Saturdays
Feb. 20-March 12
9 a.m.-1 p.m. Marple Campus


An Introduction to Improv Comedy
Learn the fundamentals of improv comedy and the art of characterization and storytelling, then step out of your comfort zone and be in the moment, making bold, brave new choices that extend well beyond the improv state. Learn in a fun, non-judgmental atmosphere. No experience required.

CAR 5481 / Length: 18 hours
Cost: Sponsoring $179; Non-Sponsoring $199

CRN 1734 Tuesdays
March 22-May 17
7-9 p.m. Marple Campus