Professional Development

Professional development opportunities are available to SPA staff. Here you will find workshops, seminars, or other development activities available. Feel free to comment below with other opportunities you are interested in. Please consult with your supervisor before registering for classes. Financial assistance may be available.

Janet B. Royster Memorial Staff Scholarship

The JBR Memorial Staff Scholarship provides one or more annual awards, based on the availability of funds. Scholarships provide assistance towards earning a degree or other professional certification. The maximum award amount per academic year is $1,000. Click on the image to see how to apply.

UNC Online Courses

Are you unable to attend classes during the day or at night? You can still take advantage of our UNC System Tuition Assistance program and sign-up for online courses! Whether it's to start a degree, change your career path or continue your education, take a look at what is being offered and contact Human Resources to see how to get started!


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Professional Development Seminars

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Google Apps Training

Google Apps

Need help figuring out how to use one of your Google Apps? Click here to check out the ITS Wiki. If you have further questions or need additional training in how to use these programs to their fullest potential, submit an ITS Help Desk ticket.