Continuing Education Professional Development and Certification Classes

Take your career to the next level, or add something new to your skill set. A wide variety of professional development classes, preparation for licensing exams, and required continuing education for your industry or occupation are available. Includes computer-related classes (Adobe, Word, Excel, Quickbooks, etc.).


Understanding AI Like Never Before

Artificial intelligence (AI) is a term for a family of disruptive technologies that will have the greatest influence on how we will live our lives and perform our jobs in the future. In fact, it may change entirely which jobs we will perform and how business will be conducted going forward. This seminar will lift the mystery on what exactly artificial intelligence is and allow the participants to not only understand its nature and impact, illustrated in a wide range of use cases, but also enable them to explain it to others in simple terms and with powerful examples.

Tuesday, April 21
3:00 – 5:00 p.m. • Multiple locations offered (options below)
Course Fee: $75
Adams Campus – Class #: 27207 (TelePresence)
Marshfield Campus – Class #: 27204 (TelePresence)
Stevens Point – Class #: 27205 (TelePresence)
Wisconsin Rapids – Class #: 27203 (In Person) 


ServSafe Manager In-Person Review & Exam

Food safety certification and recertification, developed by food service industry experts, that meets Wisconsin state law for Certified Food Managers (CFM). This class covers critical principles including personal hygiene, cross contamination, time and temperature, receiving and storage, food safety management systems, and training hourly employees. Participants in this class are expected to read the course text before attending the class. The in-person review is designed to ensure that you have the knowledge necessary to pass the exam. When you register for this class, you will receive a textbook with testing code. The test MUST be attempted in the physical presence of a proctor, which you will have the opportunity to do after the review class. Effective January 1, 2015, the process for Wisconsin Food Manager’s (CFM) renewal/recertification is the same as initial certification, and an exam is required every five years.

Saturday, May 2
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. • Wisconsin Rapids Campus 
Class #: 27546 • Course Fee: $175

From Toys and Tools to the Fabric of our Lives – How Robots Will Evolve 

Historically there has been a great divide between the use of robots in real life and the illustration of robots in science fiction movies, where they are often indispensable companions to humans. This divide is beginning to close as robots are advancing rapidly in mobility, flexibility of movement, and the ability to communicate (powered by artificial intelligence). In this seminar we will explore the inevitable evolution of the use of physical and virtual robots in arenas as diverse as manufacturing, service industries, knowledge management, elder care, education, and home security. We will also examine the implications of these trends for social structures and the concept of privacy.

Tuesday, May 19
3:00 – 5:00 p.m. • Multiple locations offered (options below)
Course Fee: $75
Adams Campus – Class #: 27211 (TelePresence)
Marshfield Campus – Class #: 27209 (TelePresence)
Stevens Point – Class #: 27210 (TelePresence)
Wisconsin Rapids – Class #: 27208 (In Person) 


Balancing the Power and Ethics of Big Data

In an increasingly digitized world an abundance of data is being generated, stored, and analyzed. Artificial intelligence (AI) is allowing for in-depth pattern recognition and unmatched predictive power, at times even in real time. Regulatory frameworks and corporate ethics guidelines are not keeping up with the technical possibilities, leaving organizations wondering how to position themselves on the spectrum of “could vs. should.” We will review examples of the analytic and predictive power of data and emerging frameworks for ethical consideration and action.

Tuesday, June 16
3:00 – 5:00 p.m. • Multiple locations offered (options below)
Course Fee: $75
Adams Campus – Class #: 40562 (TelePresence)
Marshfield Campus – Class #: 40560 (TelePresence)
Stevens Point – Class #: 40561 (TelePresence)
Wisconsin Rapids – Class #: 40559 (In Person) 


Preparing for the Great Talent Transformation 

The era of the “great transformation” has begun, and disruptive technologies will cause the greatest shift in human activity in history. While most companies are currently focused on filling talent gaps, the near future will hold a very different set of challenges. Companies will benefit from understanding the talent impact early and developing talent readiness plans for the digital age. Participants will learn about the various dimensions of a talent readiness plan and explore examples of companies who are ahead in their level of preparation. 

Tuesday, September 22
3:00 – 5:00 p.m. • Multiple locations offered (options below)
Course Fee: $75
Adams Campus – Class #: 62307 (TelePresence)
Marshfield Campus – Class #: 62305 (TelePresence)
Stevens Point – Class #: 62306 (TelePresence)
Wisconsin Rapids – Class #: 62304 (In Person) 


The Digital Transformation of Wisconsin

Where does Wisconsin stand in the era of digital disruption? Who is leading the way? What will it take to create the most favorable outcomes for our industries, businesses, and individual careers? We will evaluate these questions based on a comprehensive inventory of the digital ecosystem and a creative exploration of transformative strategies—many of which are beginning to take root in the state.

Tuesday, October 20
3:00 – 5:00 p.m. • Multiple locations offered (options below)
Course Fee: $75
Adams Campus – Class #: 62311 (TelePresence)
Marshfield Campus – Class #: 62309 (TelePresence)
Stevens Point – Class #: 62310 (TelePresence)
Wisconsin Rapids – Class #: 62308 (In Person) 

About the Presenter, Oliver Buechse
Oliver Buechse is the CEO of Advancing Digital, providing education and consulting services on navigating digital transformation. Advancing Digital is an evolution of Advancing AI Wisconsin, which he co-founded and led from 2017–2019. Oliver also serves as executive in residence – digital transformation at the Austin E. Cofrin School of Business at UW-Green Bay and teaches the MBA course Waves of Disruption at St. Norbert College. He has been featured keynote speaker throughout the state on the topic of artificial intelligence and other disruptive trends. Oliver holds a PhD in economic psychology from Alpen Adria University in Klagenfurt, Austria, and lives in De Pere with his wife and three of his four sons.


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