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King County training and development opportunities are now open to other jurisdictions, community and business partners through "Training and Development Institute (TDI)". Please visit the TDI website to learn more and register for classes.

(Note* only King County Employees can register for classes from this King County Employee Training page. If you are a County employee, scroll down to get more information about upcoming development opportunities and registration information.)

Learning and Development Opportunities

King County Desktop Academy - Learn exactly the Microsoft Office skills you need-- faster than ever before! Mentor-led training combines one-on-one expert instruction, state-of-the art learning resources, a personalized learning plan, and significantly greater scheduling flexibility. Now you can learn exactly what you need to learn -- with full support from an expert instructor. Choose from over 150 lessons / topics. Classes include Access, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Project & Word. Attend in half-day or full-day sessions. $149 / half-day session 8 – 11:30 a.m. or 12:30 – 4 p.m. - $187 / full day session 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Requires supervisor approval and payment by home department at time of registration. Register Here:  http://www.tlglearning.com/KingCounty.aspx


King County eLearning is a new online learning platform that gives King County employees free access to more than 2,000 training courses and videos from work or home, 24/7. Click here to log in. Note that King County eLearning is being rolled out to County employees department by department. If you’re department or agency has not launched King County eLearning, you will not be able to log in to the site. For more information please contact kctraining@kingcounty.gov.


Online Toolkits Now Available
Online toolkits with resources, recommended classroom and online trainings, self-assessments, short videos and other information are now available to employees. The following toolkits are now available: 

  • Career development
  • Change management
  • Health and wellness
  • Internships
  • Job search
  • Leading ourselves
  • Leading people and organizations
  • Mentoring
  • Onboarding
  • Organizational development
  • Project management
  • Succession planning
  • Train the trainer 

Additional toolkits on Lominger and Administrative Support are expected to be rolled out mid-December, while toolkits for Customer Service, Employee Engagement and others will be available in early 2014. All toolkits will be constantly updated and will soon include “best practices” from departments/divisions. 

You will find these toolkits here.  For more information, contact kctraining@kingcounty.gov.  


Please make sure that you have the approval of your manager before attending any training. If there is a fee associated with the training, make sure that your manager understands that this training is not already pre-paid by King County and that your home department will be responsible for all associated fees. All Community College Classes are $160 - full day, $79 - half day.

There is a 2 (business) day cancellation policy (unless otherwise noted) for all classes that carry a fee to the department.  If an employee cancels their registration within the 2 (business) day window of time, that employee’s department will be charged the full amount. For questions regarding the training and all registration inquiries, please contact kctraining@kingcounty.gov


January 2015 Training

Stories That Lead - January 21 - 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., King County Admin Bldg, 5th Floor Training Room
“There is no passion to be found playing small—in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.” Nelson Mandela’s words remind us that each of us has the capacity to lead in our lives. Are you leading in yours? This one-day class explores stories as creative strategies that can help you create a workplace—and a life—that inspires profound results Through reflective processes and story sharing, participants explore three qualities of leadership stories-Voice, Values and Vision- and how these help us show up as leaders. We also experience shaping our stories to build connection with those who might follow. In this one day class, you will: Learn about the attributes of a leader’s voice;Explore the range of your own voice and gain insight into stories that lead you;Practice listening to deepen your ability to hear others’ stories;Clarify what motivates you as a leader; andShape a vision that helps you access and share your leadership potential. Register Here: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/stories-that-lead-registration-14585713261

Stress Management-Yoga at Your Desk & Other Techniques - January 29, 12:30 - 4:30 p.m., Chinook Bldg. 121
Learn survival skills for modern times. Explore the ancient practice that is changing the way we deal with stress and how we create a healthy and balanced way of life. Senior yoga instructor and long-time meditation teacher, Will Doran, will broaden your understanding of the diverse art of yoga and how it can make a powerful impact on your life. You will learn tools and techniques for self-regulating your response to stressful situations; you will learn ways to shift into your optimal mindset for increased self-confidence, improved communication and problem solving. We cannot always control the conditions and circumstances of life, but we can learn the skills to handle them in ways that minimize negative situations and leave you feeling empowered and capable. if you are interested in learning what all the talk about yoga is and how it can work for you, this workshop is a relaxed and safe place to explore the subject. Workshop will include: Group discussions,  Simple meditation techniques and gentle body movement, Class is appropriate for all body types and physical conditions.  Please dress in loose fitting clothes to allow you to move freely and comfortably as you will be practicing different movement. Register Here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/stress-management-yoga-at-your-desk-and-other-practical-techniques-king-county-government-employees-registration-14613319833


February Training

Leadership Academy - 4 days - February 3, 10 17, 24, 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., McCaw Hall, 321 Mercer St.
The Leadership Academy’s intensive four day training is designed for current supervisors, managers, directors, or anyone who aspires to leadership in the future. Participants will understand the Lominger competency framework and the competencies paired with effective supervision and management. Best practices and skills which will be reviewed and applied will include communicating effectively at all levels, engaging employees, managing change, coaching, leading with and without influence, resolving conflict, motivating and building effective teams, setting and managing performance outcomes, and implementing effective corrective action processes. Participants will be able to develop and maintain effective working relationships and lead people of diverse backgrounds (ethnicity, multi-generational, cultural, race, gender, equity and social justice, and spirituality). Participants will understand the importance of emotional intelligence and how to become more emotionally intelligent. They will be able to identify their leadership style and identify how to flex their style with their employees and others. Other topics such as delegating, onboarding new employees, managing up, problem-solving, importance of recognition, ethics, triangulation and conflict, and managing during an investigation will be covered.  Important: This 4-day training may not be taken as individual one-day classes. Each day builds on the previous day. All participants must begin with "Day 1" and attend all four days to successfully complete and graduate from the academy. Register Here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/leadership-academy-4-days-january-27th-february-3rd-february-10th-and-february-17th-king-county-registration-14615905567

Introduction to Strategic Planning - February 4, 8:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m., KC Admin Bldg, 5th floor Training Room
What is the difference between mission and vision? Do goals or objectives come first? ;Who should be involved in developing my plan and how long should it take? This training provides an overview of what strategic planning is, when and why to develop a strategic plan, and how it fits with other management systems and functions.  The basic elements and processes used to develop a strategic plan and key issues that need to be addressed with implementing strategic plans will be described.  Participants will be provided with several planning tools to help with a planning effort. Register Here: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/introduction-to-strategic-planning-king-county-government-employees-registration-14818054199

4 Generations In the Workplace - February 5, 8:30 a.m. - noon, King County Admin Bldg, 5th floor Training Room
Every generation has its own perspective and unique values. In today's workforce, there are four generations (soon five) actively working together in the workplace struggling to understand one another's point of view. This workshop will help you to understand the factors that have that have shaped each generation's perspective, what drives each generation, and how each generation arrives at the conclusions they draw. Through this understanding, we will discover greater mutual respect, how to better communicate with and motivate those of a different generation, how to style flex, and generally learn to work together more productively and
efficiently. Register Here: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/4-generations-in-the-workplace-working-more-effectively-in-an-intergenerational-workplace-king-tickets-14740714875

Difficult Conversations - February 10, 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Chinook Bldg., room 121
Conversations can be difficult when the stakes are high, opinions vary and emotions are strong. Yet these are the conversations that are most essential to engage in. This course offers a framework for approaching a difficult conversation and opportunities for self-reflection skills practice to help participants avoid the pitfalls, increasing the potential for a productive discussion. Participants will: Build a framework for engaging in difficult conversations; Gain knowledge of concepts, tools and skills to facilitate having a difficult conversation; Prepare for and practice having a real, live difficult conversation. This training is available to anyone. Participants should be prepared to work on a real situation, past or present, to work through the process of preparation. It can be a difficult conversation that they want to have in the future, or one they wished they had had in the past. Register Here: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/difficult-conversations-king-county-government-employees-registration-14612607703


March Training

Organize and Deliver Effective Presentations - March 2, 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., March 3, 8:30 - 4:30, King County Admin Bldg. 5th floor Training Room -This 1 1/2 day program covers how to organize and deliver an effective presentation. The first half day covers the skills for organizing and delivering the presentation. The second full day will have each participant give a 10-15 minute presentation utilizing the skills presented during the first half day. Course Objectives: Identify 4 types of presentations; Identify the two ways to develop objectives; Describe five ways instructional objectives are used; Identify 5 ways to begin a traditional presentation; Name 5 kinds of questioning techniques; Correctly sequence the 7 steps to write a presentation; Name 2 ways to close or summarize at the end of a presentation; List the 3 parts of a preliminary plan. Register Here: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/organize-and-deliver-effective-presentations-king-county-government-employees-registration-14791250027

Picture This! Visually Mapping Your Group Conversations, Meetings, Projects and Challenges - March 12, 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., King County Admin. Bldg., 5th floor Training Room - In this training, you will learn visual thinking skills designed to capture information and to solve complex organizational and group problems, internally and across multi-disciplinary functions. You’ll learn simple, visual tools that will bring groups on board with organizational plans and strategies. You’ll also be equipped with skills to facilitate deeper group discussions, explore projects more thoroughly and brainstorm at levels beyond just the surface. This set of visual tools has a proven track record with: Resolving employee complaints (especially effective for long-term and nagging issues which have never been resolved); Creating sustainable culture changes (departmentally and beyond); Impacting collective bargaining conversations and labor relations for mutually beneficial outcomes. Register Here: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/picture-this-visually-mapping-your-group-conversations-meetings-projects-and-challenges-king-county-tickets-14642372731


April Training

So You Want To Be A Supervisor - April 2, 12:30 - 4 p.m., King County Admin Bldg., 5th floor Training Room
Maybe you would like to be promoted, but a step up means taking on supervision responsibilities. Being a supervisor requires looking at your familiar surroundings in a new light. This class will help you to bridge that gap and begin to gather leadership and management tools for your (soon to be) expanding tool box. This class is designed for people considering supervision. This class will help participants to identify supervisory interest, skills, abilities and potential. Register Here: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/soyou-want-to-be-a-supervisor-king-county-government-employees-registration-14760024631


May Training

Difficult Conversations - May 6, 8:30 a.m. - Noon, King County Admin Bldg., 5th floor Training Room
Conversations can be difficult when the stakes are high, opinions vary and emotions are strong. Yet these are the conversations that are most essential to engage in. This course offers a framework for approaching a difficult conversation and opportunities for self-reflection skills practice to help participants avoid the pitfalls, increasing the potential for a productive discussion. Participants will: Build a framework for engaging in difficult conversations; Gain knowledge of concepts, tools and skills to facilitate having a difficult conversation; Prepare for and practice having a real, live difficult conversation. This training is available to anyone. Participants should be prepared to work on a real situation, past or present, to work through the process of preparation. It can be a difficult conversation that they want to have in the future, or one they wished they had had in the past. Register Here: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/difficult-conversations-king-county-government-employees-registration-14613091149

Pump Up Your Presentation Skills! - May 14, 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., King County Admin Bldg., 5th floor Training Room
Even if you've spoken in public for years, does your mouth still go dry or your hands shake? Or are you a new presenter, and don't know where to begin? Whether you have presented for years or are a novice, do you wish you looked and felt for credible? Speaking confidently and persuasively is a huge factor in career success. Dynamic presentation skills are easy to learn, and will strengthen your professional "saw" for the rest of your life. Come ready with a presentation topic in mind. By the time the session is over, you will be ready to kick off and sustain your next presentation with confidence and pizzazz. By the end of this course, participants will be able to: Name the 5 essential questions they must answer to successfully analyze and address any audience; Model how to handle questions when speaking publicly; Explain at least three ways to make PowerPoint a positive addition to a presentation; Demonstrate a minimum of 3 techniques that improve physical presence, authority, and confidence; Create and present a draft outline of a dynamic presentation, and receive feedback from others. Register Here: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/pump-up-your-presentation-skills-king-county-government-employees-registration-14738083003

Stories That Engage - Shaping Workplace Culture One Story at a Time - May 20, 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., KC Admin Bldg, 5th floor Training Room - Our work culture is perfectly organized to give us the results we are currently experiencing. So what if people seem disengaged, apathetic, or to be actively undermining a productive workplace? Without awareness, our natural story-telling talents can create a toxic culture of drama and dysfunction. But with intent, we can shape stories that build psychological and emotional engagement. In this interactive one day class, you will: Learn why people disengage from work; Tap into the power of Voice to connect with what you care about; Learn five tools to shape your stories with purpose; Explore the story making process; Describe the attributes of effective storytelling; Shape stories to help you, your co-workers, and your organization engage for better results. Register Here:http://www.eventbrite.com/e/stories-that-engage-shaping-workplace-culture-one-story-at-a-time-king-county-government-employees-tickets-14585285983

Leadership Academy - 4 days - May 26, June 2, 9, 17, 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., McCaw Hall, 321 Mercer St.
The Leadership Academy’s intensive four day training is designed for current supervisors, managers, directors, or anyone who aspires to leadership in the future. Participants will understand the Lominger competency framework and the competencies paired with effective supervision and management. Best practices and skills which will be reviewed and applied will include communicating effectively at all levels, engaging employees, managing change, coaching, leading with and without influence, resolving conflict, motivating and building effective teams, setting and managing performance outcomes, and implementing effective corrective action processes. Participants will be able to develop and maintain effective working relationships and lead people of diverse backgrounds (ethnicity, multi-generational, cultural, race, gender, equity and social justice, and spirituality). Participants will understand the importance of emotional intelligence and how to become more emotionally intelligent. They will be able to identify their leadership style and identify how to flex their style with their employees and others. Other topics such as delegating, onboarding new employees, managing up, problem-solving, importance of recognition, ethics, triangulation and conflict, and managing during an investigation will be covered.  Important: This 4-day training may not be taken as individual one-day classes. Each day builds on the previous day. All participants must begin with "Day 1" and attend all four days to successfully complete and graduate from the academy. Register Here: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/leadership-academy-4-days-may-26th-june-2nd-june-9th-and-june-17th-king-county-government-employees-registration-14615999849

Stress Management-Yoga at Your Desk & Other Techniques - May 27, 12:30 - 4:30 p.m., KC Admin Bldg., 5th floor Training Room - Learn survival skills for modern times. Explore the ancient practice that is changing the way we deal with stress and how we create a healthy and balanced way of life. Senior yoga instructor and long-time meditation teacher, Will Doran, will broaden your understanding of the diverse art of yoga and how it can make a powerful impact on your life. You will learn tools and techniques for self-regulating your response to stressful situations; you will learn ways to shift into your optimal mindset for increased self-confidence, improved communication and problem solving. We cannot always control the conditions and circumstances of life, but we can learn the skills to handle them in ways that minimize negative situations and leave you feeling empowered and capable. if you are interested in learning what all the talk about yoga is and how it can work for you, this workshop is a relaxed and safe place to explore the subject. Workshop will include: Group discussions,  Simple meditation techniques and gentle body movement, Class is appropriate for all body types and physical conditions.  Please dress in loose fitting clothes to allow you to move freely and comfortably as you will be practicing different movement. Register Here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/stress-management-yoga-at-your-desk-and-other-practical-techniquesking-county-government-employees-registration-14615670865


June Training

So You Want To Be A Supervisor - June 4, 12:30 - 4 p.m., King County Admin Bldg., 5th floor Training Room
Maybe you would like to be promoted, but a step up means taking on supervision responsibilities. Being a supervisor requires looking at your familiar surroundings in a new light. This class will help you to bridge that gap and begin to gather leadership and management tools for your (soon to be) expanding tool box. This class is designed for people considering supervision. This class will help participants to identify supervisory interest, skills, abilities and potential. Register Here: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/soyou-want-to-be-a-supervisor-king-county-government-employees-registration-14760630443


July Training

4 Generations In the Workplace - July 2, 8:30 a.m. - noon, King County Admin Bldg, 5th floor Training Room
Every generation has its own perspective and unique values. In today's workforce, there are four generations (soon five) actively working together in the workplace struggling to understand one another's point of view. This workshop will help you to understand the factors that have that have shaped each generation's perspective, what drives each generation, and how each generation arrives at the conclusions they draw. Through this understanding, we will discover greater mutual respect, how to better communicate with and motivate those of a different generation, how to style flex, and generally learn to work together more productively and efficiently. Register Here: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/4-generations-in-the-workplace-working-more-effectively-in-an-intergenerational-workplace-king-tickets-14742000721


August Training

Difficult Conversations - August 26, 8:30 a.m. - Noon, King County Admin Bldg., 5th floor Training Room
Conversations can be difficult when the stakes are high, opinions vary and emotions are strong. Yet these are the conversations that are most essential to engage in. This course offers a framework for approaching a difficult conversation and opportunities for self-reflection skills practice to help participants avoid the pitfalls, increasing the potential for a productive discussion. Participants will: Build a framework for engaging in difficult conversations; Gain knowledge of concepts, tools and skills to facilitate having a difficult conversation; Prepare for and practice having a real, live difficult conversation. This training is available to anyone. Participants should be prepared to work on a real situation, past or present, to work through the process of preparation. It can be a difficult conversation that they want to have in the future, or one they wished they had had in the past. Register Here:
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/difficult-conversations-king-county-government-employees-registration-14613171389


September Training

Stories That Lead - September 1, 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., King County Admin Bldg, 5th Floor Training Room
“There is no passion to be found playing small—in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.” Nelson Mandela’s words remind us that each of us has the capacity to lead in our lives. Are you leading in yours? This one-day class explores stories as creative strategies that can help you create a workplace—and a life—that inspires profound results Through reflective processes and story sharing, participants explore three qualities of leadership stories-Voice, Values and Vision- and how these help us show up as leaders. We also experience shaping our stories to build connection with those who might follow. In this one day class, you will: Learn about the attributes of a leader’s voice;Explore the range of your own voice and gain insight into stories that lead you;Practice listening to deepen your ability to hear others’ stories;Clarify what motivates you as a leader; andShape a vision that helps you access and share your leadership potential. Register Here: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/stories-that-lead-registration-14586325091

So You Want To Be A Supervisor - September 3, 12:30 - 4 p.m., King County Admin Bldg., 5th floor Training Room
Maybe you would like to be promoted, but a step up means taking on supervision responsibilities. Being a supervisor requires looking at your familiar surroundings in a new light. This class will help you to bridge that gap and begin to gather leadership and management tools for your (soon to be) expanding tool box. This class is designed for people considering supervision. This class will help participants to identify supervisory interest, skills, abilities and potential. Register Here: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/soyou-want-to-be-a-supervisor-king-county-government-employees-registration-14760690623

Difficult Conversations - September 4, 8:30 a.m. - Noon, King County Admin Bldg., 5th floor Training Room
Conversations can be difficult when the stakes are high, opinions vary and emotions are strong. Yet these are the conversations that are most essential to engage in. This course offers a framework for approaching a difficult conversation and opportunities for self-reflection skills practice to help participants avoid the pitfalls, increasing the potential for a productive discussion. Participants will: Build a framework for engaging in difficult conversations; Gain knowledge of concepts, tools and skills to facilitate having a difficult conversation; Prepare for and practice having a real, live difficult conversation. This training is available to anyone. Participants should be prepared to work on a real situation, past or present, to work through the process of preparation. It can be a difficult conversation that they want to have in the future, or one they wished they had had in the past. Register Here:
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/difficult-conversations-king-county-government-employees-registration-14613201479

Stories That Engage - Shaping Workplace Culture One Story at a Time - September 23, 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., KC Admin Bldg, 5th floor Training Room - Our work culture is perfectly organized to give us the results we are currently experiencing. So what if people seem disengaged, apathetic, or to be actively undermining a productive workplace? Without awareness, our natural story-telling talents can create a toxic culture of drama and dysfunction. But with intent, we can shape stories that build psychological and emotional engagement. In this interactive one day class, you will: Learn why people disengage from work; Tap into the power of Voice to connect with what you care about; Learn five tools to shape your stories with purpose; Explore the story making process; Describe the attributes of effective storytelling; Shape stories to help you, your co-workers, and your organization engage for better results. Register Here: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/stories-that-engage-shaping-workplace-culture-one-story-at-a-time-king-county-government-employees-tickets-14585649069

Leadership Academy - 4 days - September 29, October 6, 13, 20, 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., McCaw Hall, 321 Mercer St.
The Leadership Academy’s intensive four day training is designed for current supervisors, managers, directors, or anyone who aspires to leadership in the future. Participants will understand the Lominger competency framework and the competencies paired with effective supervision and management. Best practices and skills which will be reviewed and applied will include communicating effectively at all levels, engaging employees, managing change, coaching, leading with and without influence, resolving conflict, motivating and building effective teams, setting and managing performance outcomes, and implementing effective corrective action processes. Participants will be able to develop and maintain effective working relationships and lead people of diverse backgrounds (ethnicity, multi-generational, cultural, race, gender, equity and social justice, and spirituality). Participants will understand the importance of emotional intelligence and how to become more emotionally intelligent. They will be able to identify their leadership style and identify how to flex their style with their employees and others. Other topics such as delegating, onboarding new employees, managing up, problem-solving, importance of recognition, ethics, triangulation and conflict, and managing during an investigation will be covered.  Important: This 4-day training may not be taken as individual one-day classes. Each day builds on the previous day. All participants must begin with "Day 1" and attend all four days to successfully complete and graduate from the academy. Register Here: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/leadership-academy-4-days-september-29th-october-6th-october-13th-and-october-20th-king-county-registration-14616072065


October Training

4 Generations In the Workplace - October 1, 8:30 a.m. - noon, King County Admin Bldg, 5th floor Training Room
Every generation has its own perspective and unique values. In today's workforce, there are four generations (soon five) actively working together in the workplace struggling to understand one another's point of view. This workshop will help you to understand the factors that have that have shaped each generation's perspective, what drives each generation, and how each generation arrives at the conclusions they draw. Through this understanding, we will discover greater mutual respect, how to better communicate with and motivate those of a different generation, how to style flex, and generally learn to work together more productively and efficiently. Register Here: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/4-generations-in-the-workplace-working-more-effectively-in-an-intergenerational-workplace-king-tickets-14742012757

Stress Management-Yoga at Your Desk & Other Techniques - October 28, 12:30 - 4:30 p.m., KC Admin Bldg., 5th floor Training Room - Learn survival skills for modern times. Explore the ancient practice that is changing the way we deal with stress and how we create a healthy and balanced way of life. Senior yoga instructor and long-time meditation teacher, Will Doran, will broaden your understanding of the diverse art of yoga and how it can make a powerful impact on your life. You will learn tools and techniques for self-regulating your response to stressful situations; you will learn ways to shift into your optimal mindset for increased self-confidence, improved communication and problem solving. We cannot always control the conditions and circumstances of life, but we can learn the skills to handle them in ways that minimize negative situations and leave you feeling empowered and capable. if you are interested in learning what all the talk about yoga is and how it can work for you, this workshop is a relaxed and safe place to explore the subject. Workshop will include: Group discussions,  Simple meditation techniques and gentle body movement, Class is appropriate for all body types and physical conditions.  Please dress in loose fitting clothes to allow you to move freely and comfortably as you will be practicing different movement. Register Here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/stress-management-yoga-at-your-desk-and-other-practical-techniques-king-county-government-employees-registration-14615708979