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Upcoming Courses

PLEASE NOTE: In order to keep our State employees safe, we are suspending all live classroom training sessions until further notice as we adhere to the current restrictions for social distancing implemented due to COVID-19. ETD is identifying options for virtual classes to support the training and development needs of all State employees. As we carry out this transition, we will update our website with new, virtual training events as they are developed and ready to launch. If you have an interest in a particular class and wish to receive a reminder when the class is available, please e-mail us at  ETD Training Email.


The Enterprise Talent Development course calendar is filled with courses to help you grow individually or to assist your team in taking the next step to success.

Skills Development

Make sure you check out ETD's lineup of skills development courses that aims to meet the needs of all state employees. Develop current strengths and building new skills through this winter's course calendar. ETD is offering a variety of our most popular courses including, Leading and Managing Project Teams, Time Management - Doing More With Less, Strategic Planning and Decision Making and Introduction to Agile and Scrum.

Recent research shows the average American worker spends more than 30% of their workweek in meetings, and increasingly those meetings are virtual. This workshop teaches specific skills that assist in effectively accomplishing fundamental communication practices in virtual environments that come naturally in face-to-face meetings (think turn-taking, participation, engagement).
Course Dates: October 8, 9 a.m. to noon | Cost: $150  | Registration Deadline: October 1  

This 90-minute course addresses the emotional and interpersonal challenges of our new normal. You'll learn practical approaches to your role, the way you related to others, physical symptoms of stress, and decision-making in uncertain times. 
Course Date: October 13, 2:30 p.m. to  2 p.m.  | Cost: $95  | Registration Deadline: October 6  

Create ‘brave spaces’ for Bold, Inclusive Conversations®. The session will explore concepts like inclusion and belonging, psychological safety, and affirm the business case for creating environments where employees can bring and be their best selves. 
Course Date: October 15, 2:30 to 4 p.m. | Cost: $95  | Registration Deadline: October 8 

With the sudden shift to working from home or a blended work environment becoming the new normal, it is time to fine tune remote work habits. Learn strategies for maintaining trusting relationships with your manager and colleagues, organize your work amidst competing demands, and keep your goals and outcomes in focus.  
Course Date: October 15, 10:30 a.m. to noon | Cost: $95 | Registration Deadline: October 8 
Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) are terms that have been defined in many different and often confusing and conflicting ways. There are still many misperceptions about DEI and why it makes good business sense. This orientation will clarify definitions, provide evidence that diversity, when managed well, can positively impact the bottom line, and heighten awareness of the barriers to sustaining an equitable and inclusive culture. This session is good for anyone who has not taken a Diversity and Inclusion course before. It will provide foundational learning.
Course Date: October 20, 12.30 to 2 p.m.  | Cost: $95  | Registration Deadline: October 13

Ever wonder where your time goes? Most of us begin our workdays with an agenda to accomplish the tasks on our plate. By the middle of the day, however, we have dealt with everything but what we set out to do. Can you get a handle on what is important and what isn't? In this interactive workshop, you'll learn some practical ideas for staying in control of how you use time.
Course Date: October 20, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.| Cost: $150 | Registration Deadline: October 13  
People with disabilities can achieve success in nearly any job, yet some employers still worry that they may be unqualified for certain work or may not be productive. This 90-minute course will share statistics and misconceptions of people with disabilities and offer ways to engage and include them in the workplace.
Course Date: October 22 1 to 2:30 p.m.  | Cost: $95  | Registration Deadline: October 15 
Holding Difficult Conversations -- Virtual Classroom
What if you had a difficult discussion with someone, and instead of getting a defensive response, they thanked you? Learn how to have simple and straightforward conversations into discussions that get results. In this course, you'll be provided with a step-by-step guide for having even the most difficult workplace conversations. 
Course Date: October 22, 9 a.m. to noon | Cost: $150 | Registration Deadline: October 15  
When we use email appropriately, it is a useful communication tool. But many of us feel overwhelmed by the amount of mail we receive and need to respond. Learn tips and tools that will help improve effectiveness when reading, responding, and organizing your daily activities. Improve your personal effectiveness and find more time in your day to focus on key issues. 
Course Date: October 27, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. | Cost: $150 | Registration Deadline: October 20  
This course is ideal for state employees in non-management roles that aspire to become leaders in state government and wish to build skills that will move them toward this goal. Through defining the characteristics of a leader, participants will learn how they can lead more effectively, regardless of title. This class is four full days in length. 
Course Date: Thursdays Oct. 29, Nov. 5, Nov. 12, and Nov. 19, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day| Cost: $935 Registration Deadline: October 22 
If you work in public sector service, this course is a great way to recharge your batteries. Not only will you be reminded of the important role you play helping the public, you’ll also learn powerful ways to gain control during challenging service situations. 
Course Date: November 10, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. | Cost: $150 | Registration Deadline: November 3   
Project Management Fundamentals -- Virtual Classroom
In this course, you'll receive hands-on experience in learning, applying, practicing, and developing fundamental project management skills. 
Course Date: November 17 and 18, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day | Cost: $550 | Registration Deadline: November 10  (Virtual delivery)
This workshop teaches specific skills that assist in effectively leading and supervising in virtual environments that may not come naturally in face to face situations. 
Course Date: November 17, 1 to 2:30 p.m. | Cost: $95 | Registration Deadline: November 10  

Retirement Seminars

Prepare yourself for retirement, whether that time is rapidly approaching or more than five years down the road, with two of our most popular courses. ETD offers two seminars that cover important topics like estate planning, MSRS pension, and long-term care to name just a few.

State Retirement Seminar 2020

All sessions are suspended until further notice as we adhere to the current restrictions for social distancing implemented due to COVID-19. 
 In the meantime, please see a list of websites and contact information for Retirement information that may be helpful to you as you consider your retirement options.

Pre-Planning for Retirement Seminar 2020

All sessions are suspended until further notice as we adhere to the current restrictions for social distancing implemented due to COVID-19.
 In the meantime, please see a list of websites and contact information for Retirement information that may be helpful to you as you consider your retirement options.
Pre-Planning for Retirement seminar is geared towards employees who are MORE THAN 5 YEARS away from retiring. State Retirement Seminar is geared towards employees who are LESS THAN 5 YEARS away from retiring. DOC employees should check with their fiscal department before enrolling.

Retirement Planning Websites and Contacts - 2020

Minnesota State Retirement System (MSRS)

1-800-657-5757 or (651) 296-2761

Health Care Savings Plan -

Teachers Retirement Association (TRA)

1-800-657-3669 or (651) 296-2409 / TTY 1-800-627-3669


Public Employees Retirement Association (PERA)

1-800-652-9026 or (651) 296-7460

Deferred Compensation Benefits (MNDCP – MSRS)

These benefits are administered by MSRS

1-800-657-5757 or (651) 296-2761

Minnesota State TIAA CREF
MnState Retirement Center 1-800-682-8969


Social Security Administration (SSA)

Website provides information on retirement, disability, SSI, Medicare, and learn how to get extra help with prescription drug costs
1-800-772-1213 / hearing impaired 1-800-325-0778
To find an office near you:


Website provides Medicare benefit information, assistance in locating facilities and doctors, and help finding answers to Medicare related questions
1-800-Medicare (1-800-633-4227) / TTY 1-800-633-4227

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)

Website provides information on Medicare, Medicaid (assists in paying for medical care), Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), regulations, and assistance in finding providers

Internal Revenue Service (IRS)

Website provides information on new tax credits and laws, assistance in finding a Free File Provider, and tax information regarding life events
Individuals 1-800-829-1040 / hearing impaired 1-800-829-4059
To find an office near you:

Core Development

Increase your effectiveness as a supervisor or manager by learning more about your role and the state specific policies and practices that impact it. Develop related leadership skill sets through exploring topics such as increasing employee engagement, performance management, onboarding, and leading change. Expand awareness of your own personal communication and leadership styles.

Supervisory and Management Development Core

The upcoming sessions for Supervisor and Manager Core will be offered virtually. Please contact the Training Coordinator for detailed information. (ETD Training Email)

Supervisory Development Core 
Course Date:Sept. 15-17; Sept. 22-25; Oct. 13-15; & Oct. 20-22 and Nov. 3-5; Nov. 17-20; Dec. 8-10; Dec. 15-17 | Cost: $845 (13 Half days) (Virtual delivery format is set up as half day sessions delivered from 8:15 AM to 12:30 PM.)

Management Development Core  
Course Date: Sept. 29 - Oct 2; Oct. 6-8; & Oct. 27-29, 2020 | Cost: $845 (10 Half days)  (Virtual delivery format is set up as half day sessions delivered from 8:15 AM to 12:30 PM.)

Human Resource Core   
Course Date: Tentatively scheduled for FY21 third quarter  | Cost: $290 (6 Half days)

If you will send a brief message to Leah Vomela at you will receive a notification when the registration is open. You will also receive registration instructions for the class. We look forward to serving your needs and are available to support your training and development needs

Leadership Development

Cultivate your leadership to provide improved communication throughout your team. Increase team efficiency through action planning, self-assessment, redirecting and reinforcing feedback. You can also develop your leadership skills by enrolling or applying for our leadership development programs.

Currently In Session

Emerging Leaders Institute (ELI)
2020 Emerging Leaders Insititute is in session and is delivered virtually.

Senior Leaders Institute (SLI)
2020 Senior Leadership Institute is in session and is delivered virtually.

Visit our under Customized Leadership Development to learn more about the Zenger Folkman 360 Leadership Assessment. Contact ETD by phone (651-259-3646) or email to schedule your assessment today.

View our Upcoming Courses for current ETD courses taking place and keep an eye out for upcoming courses. 

Browse all upcoming ETD courses, programs, announcements and events available to government employees on our Calendar & Announcements page. Courses can also be found using the online Course Finder . Search for ETD courses by competency, skill topic, keyword, audience, delivery method and date.
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