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KU Lifelong & Professional Education CARES Act Programming

Future availability of CARES Act funding for this specific use is currently being decided. You are welcome to review programming available and indicate your interest. You can also contact Johnson County Workforce Partnership directly to discuss all available training and education funding. Please check back in January 2021 for any updates.

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act provides fast and direct economic assistance for American workers and families. KU Lifelong & Professional Education is here to provide high-quality online professional development programs. People meeting qualifications including Johnson County residency and significant negative financial impact from Covid-19 may be eligible for free or reduced-cost training from KU in the programs listed below. Inquire below for specific criteria and to start your application process. CARES Act funding for courses is available through the Johnson County Workforce Partnership office.

While you may be able to complete your program of choice in a timely fashion, the benefits for your career can be long-term. Add new knowledge, skills and credentialing to your existing education and experience to help you stand out amongst your competition in the job market.

If you represent a business negatively impacted by Covid-19 and have a group of individuals who require training, please contact us to discuss training opportunities by emailing professionalprograms@ku.edu.

Explore your online professional development options from KU

Submit the form below with the KU course or courses on this page that interest you. This will start the process of learning from KU and earning valuable credentialing at a reduced or no cost if you qualify.

New Manager Essentials - Fifteen Terrific Tools 

There is no "owner's manual" for first-time supervisors and new managers. It can be daunting to effectively manage a team of professionals, make important decisions and navigate through organizational change without losing momentum. If you are new to managing people, want to move into management or need a refresher, this course is for you.

This series of recorded webinars is designed to equip new managers with tools to lead people, enhance productivity and avoid costly decisions. There is more than four hours of educational content packaged for self-paced online learning. Each webinar is 15-18 minutes long. Dr. Lee Stuart, the Leadership Programs Manager at KU, leads the learning.

At the conclusion of the series, participants can take a learning assessment to earn the "KU New Manager Essentials" certificate.

Cost is $199 per package which includes all 15 webinars and graded assessment of learning.

Topics covered:

  1. Building Trusting Relationships
  2. Navigating Change
  3. How to Disagree and Debate with Diplomacy
  4. The 4 C's of Coaching Conversations
  5. Is Your Tribe Stuck in a Performance Rut?
  6. Effective Decision Making
  7. Understanding Conflict Management
  8. Leading with Emotional Intelligence
  9. Fostering a Sense of Urgency
  10. Understanding the Mind of the Customer
  11. Coaching and Motivating Project Teams
  12. R+B=P - Results and Behavior Add Up to Total Performance
  13. How to Avoid Binary Decisions
  14. Delegation: It's Not Only about Task Management
  15. How to Listen to Your Team Members (Really Listen)
Registered Behavioral Technician (RBT) Online Certification Prep Course

This fully online program is designed to provide future RBTs with the 40 hours of guided training required to take the RBT Competency Assessment and Exam. With coursework designed and conducted by a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst from the University of Kansas Department of Applied Behavioral Science, the KU RBT Online Certification Prep Course makes it easy for students to enter this in-demand field.

Those who complete the training will receive a Certificate of Completion that can be submitted to the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) as part of the RBT certification process.

Learning Objectives

  • Solidify knowledge and skills in direct implementation of behavioral programs
  • Learn how to be more effective in the implementation of behavioral programming
  • Gain skills that provide a competitive advantage for internships or employment in direct implementation of behavioral services under the direction of a BCBA
  • Prepare to pass the RBT Competency Assessment and the RBT Exam to earn the RBT credential

Self-paced, online training. Cost is $149.00 per student. No additional materials required.

KU Cybersecurity Boot Camp

KU Boot Camps equip you with the essential skills to help guide you down a path to success in today’s digital world.  With strategically engineered curricula, live online interaction, and knowledgeable instructors, you’ll receive a comprehensive learning experience.

  • You will build an in-depth portfolio of projects and applications in our coding, data analytics, cybersecurity and digital marketing programs to demonstrate your working knowledge.
  • You will tap into KU Boot Camps’ extensive career support and gain access to a wide array of professional development resources.
  • Our programs offer a part-time schedule, allowing you to advance your skills without leaving work.
  • You will receive a Certificate of Completion from the University of Kansas Lifelong & Professional Education.

In the Cybersecurity Boot Camp students gain experience with a host of popular tools such as Wireshark, Kali Linux, Metasploit, Nessus, and more. In addition, they receive two weeks of certification test prep for the Security+ and CEH exams, one year of access to CompTIA's CertMaster Practice online platform to help prepare for the Security+ exam, and at the end of the course, a free voucher, valid for one year, to take the CompTIA Security+ exam. Finally, they learn methods, techniques, and best practices to convincingly convey the severity of the risks facing an organization's security posture. 

Learning Objectives

Students gain a foundation in Cybersecurity including:

  • Networking – packet analysis and Wireshark
  • Systems - administration techniques and hardening
  • Cybersecurity – risk management, vulnerability assessment, and cloud security
  • Ethical Hacking and Penetration – Kali Linux and Metasploit
  • Programming and Scripting

Live online trainingCost is $12,495 per student. CARES Act funding may cover a portion but not all of the program cost. Inquire for more information and other financial assistance that may be available.

KU Full-Stack Flex Coding Boot Camp

KU Coding Boot Camp gives you the knowledge and skills to build dynamic end-to-end web applications and become a full stack web developer.

Learning Objectives
  • Implement complex logical conditions to meet an objective
  • Write SQL commands to perform Create, Read, Update and Delete commands
  • Create a full stack Single Page Application with AJAX communication
  • Develop your vision for a website-and then build it!
  • Expertly navigate the file system and terminal basics
  • Work independently or in a group on complex projects throughout the entire development lifecycle
  • Understand the basics of troubleshooting and enhancing legacy code
  • Communicate the basics of serving a web page and how the browser renders code
  • Consume RESTful APIs properly utilizing REST verbs
  • Create robust web applications and services in Java using Spring MVC
  • Create session-based applications utilizing user authentication schemes that are well-known and widely used

Live online trainingCost is $9,995 per student. CARES Act funding may cover a portion but not all of the program cost. Inquire for more information and other financial assistance that may be available.

KU Data Analytics Boot Camp

KU Data Analytics Boot Camp focuses on the practical technical skills you need to solve data problems. Throughout the course, you'll gain proficiencies on a host of marketable technologies like Excel, Python, JavaScript, SQL Databases, Tableau and more. After completing the course, you'll have an impressive professional portfolio, as well as the confidence you need to succeed in the data driven economy.

Learning Objectives
  • Study part-time, three days a week, while maintaining your work schedule.
  • Develop concrete, in-demand skills to graduate from the program ready to apply your knowledge in the professional world.
  • Complete projects using real data sets from the worlds of finance, health care, government, social welfare, and more-allowing you to build a strong portfolio with a professional demonstration of mastery.
  • Employ statistical analysis to model, predict, and forecast trends. 
  • Expertly build VBA scripts in Excel to automate tedious manual processes.
  • Utilize real-world data sources to showcase social, financial, and political phenomena.
  • Create Python-based scripts to automate the cleanup, re-structuring, and rendering of large, heterogeneous datasets.
  • Analyze social media trends on Twitter and Facebook using automated programs.
  • Use advanced SQL and Mongo techniques to combine multiple datasets into one so as to create even more impressive and comprehensive databases.
  • Benefit from a wide range of career services to position you for success as you work to advance in your current career or seek a new opportunity.

Live online trainingCost is $10,495 per student. CARES Act funding may cover a portion but not all of the program cost. Inquire for more information and other financial assistance that may be available.

KU Digital Marketing Boot Camp

KU Digital Marketing Boot Camp prepares you to keep pace with this rapidly changing field. You will learn digital advertising, web analytics and design, and content marketing, and complete the program with experience using a host of industry tools such as Google Keyword Planner, LinkedIn Campaign Manager, and Facebook Insights.

Learning Objectives
  • Learn how to create and execute a successful marketing strategy, including campaign development, user acquisition, digital advertising, content marketing, retention strategy, SEO, optimization, and more.
  • Gain real-world experience using popular tools and technologies such as Google Keyword Planner, Facebook Insights, CRMs, and HTML/CSS.
  • Get hands-on learning experience, gaining a wide understanding of the different domains within the marketing industry.
  • Complete the program with a strong professional portfolio, demonstrating the working knowledge and skills needed to perform a variety of jobs in the marketing sector.

Live online trainingCost is $7,995 per student. CARES Act funding may cover a portion but not all of the program cost. Inquire for more information and other financial assistance that may be available.

KU Technology Project Management Boot Camp

KU Technology Project Management Boot Camp prepares you to effectively lead technology projects across a variety of industries, from information technology to healthcare and financial services.

Learning Objectives
  • Develop technical fluency - learn how software is developed and maintained so that you can credibly lead technology projects in any industry.
  • Demonstrate technical fluency with business strategies, project management, and software requirements.
  • Elicit requirements from stakeholders, model them as use cases and use them as input for executing the four phases of the testing life cycle.
  • Apply agile principles to the working environment to conduct release, capacity, and velocity planning.
  • Create value stream mapping and risk assessments.
  • Conduct sprints and lead all four of the Scrum ceremonies while creating supporting artifacts.
  • Explain each stage of the traditional project management life cycle and create all documentation required to drive a project plan from initiation to closure.
  • Utilize modern software like Jira, Smartsheet, and G Suite to build project plans and reports.
  • Devise and implement hybrid project management methodologies to support specific organizational goals.
  • Facilitate the transition of projects to sustainable operations within the business.
  • Gain the skills necessary to sit for the globally recognized Professional Scrum Master? Level I Certification.
  • Maintain your schedule by studying part-time, three days a week, with convenient evening and weekend hours.
  • Benefit from a wide range of career services to position you for success as you work to advance in your current career or seek a new opportunity.

Live online trainingCost is $7,995 per student. CARES Act funding may cover a portion but not all of the program cost. Inquire for more information and other financial assistance that may be available.

Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certification

This online program prepares new Green Belts to lead projects and contribute to improving services and manufacturing. You will learn to apply the Six Sigma DMAIC model (define, measure, analyze, improve and control) for these improvement activities. Those who pass the exam will receive Green Belt certification from the University of Kansas.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand and apply the Six Sigma DMAIC model (define, measure, analyze, improve and control) for improvement activities.
  • Utilize Six Sigma knowledge and skills to lead successful improvement projects that deliver meaningful results.
  • Use proven tools and techniques in improvement projects.

Self-paced, online training. Cost is $1,995 per student.

Systematic Layout Planning for Lean Facilities

Systematic Layout Planning (SLP) is recognized throughout the world as the most organized way to lay out a facility for efficient operation. Leading companies have made it standard practice in their Lean and Six Sigma programs. This course will prepare you to lead layout projects using SLP and to achieve remarkable results in record time.

Learning Objectives

  • Employ SLP to eliminate waste resulting from a poor layout.
  • Prepare a plan to improve material flow and reduce the cost of material handling.
  • Develop a more productive facility.
  • Organize layout projects and teams.

Self-paced online training. Cost is $995 per student.

Process Instrumentation & Control - Sensors and Symbology

This course focuses on the selection and implementation of measurement and control devices for process automation applications. You will gain a stronger understanding of how to assess, compare, and select the various methods to measure flow, level, pressure and temperature.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the basics of process instrumentation and control (PIC), including different control functions, types of control loops, and continuous vs. discrete control.
  • Recognize the identifications and symbols used in PIC.
  • Identify the different types of field instrumentation, their principles of operation, their advantages and disadvantages, and the application of the different types of sensors for flow, level, pressure and temperature measurements.

Self-paced online training. Cost is $695 per student.

Process Instrumentation & Control - Control Functions 

This course focuses on the different types of computer-based control systems and on safety instrumented systems (SIS). You will learn about centralized and distributed systems, alarm and trip systems, and control centers and enclosures.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify the different types of computer-based control systems, including PLCs and DCSs, as well as basic requirements for good operator interface.
  • Understand control loop types and the basics of tuning.
  • Describe the different models and implementation of alarm and trip systems.
  • Summarize the requirements for control rooms and the design of control panels.

Self-paced online training. Cost is $695 per student.

Process Instrumentation & Control - Installation and Engineering Functions  

This course focuses on the engineering design and project management of control system installation.

This course is being updated and will be available for enrollment by November 1, 2020.

Learning Objectives

  • Explain the documentation required for PIC for front-end engineering and detail design.
  • Define the requirements for a successful installation, instrument checkout and controller tuning.
  • Understand the basics of PIC project implementation and project management.
  • Apply decision-making tools: auditing, evaluation of plant needs, justification, and control system evaluation.

Self-paced online training. Cost is $695 per student.

Process Control and Advanced Control Strategies - Processes, Controllers, and Tuning  

In this course, you will learn about the inner-workings of different PID controllers and understand their applications. You’ll also apply the appropriate tuning techniques for different process types and tuning objectives.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand process dynamics and show their relevance to controller tuning.
  • Describe the inner workings of PID controllers.
  • Recognize different controller types, algorithms, and options, and describe when to use each.
  • Apply the appropriate tuning techniques for different process types and tuning objectives.

Self-paced online training. Cost is $595 per student.

Process Control and Advanced Control Strategies - Assessing Loop Performance and Problems 

In this course, you’ll learn to evaluate control loop performance. You’ll also learn to diagnose performance problems that are not related to control loop issues.

Learning Objectives

  • Employ techniques for quickly assessing the performance of control loops.
  • Identify control valve and instrumentation problems.
  • Find sources of process nonlinearity.
  • Recognize performance issues that are not related to control loop problems.

Self-paced online training. Cost is $495 per student.  

Process Control and Advanced Control Strategies - Control Strategies & Optimization 

In this course, you’ll learn about the application and interaction of cascade and feedforward controls. You’ll also learn advanced skills for optimizing control loops.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify how and when to apply cascade and feedforward controls.
  • Understand the interaction of feedforward and cascade.
  • Understand the design, use and tuning of ratio and override controls.
  • Optimize control loop performance.

Self-paced online training. Cost is $495 per student.

Process Engineering for Control Practitioners - Process Engineering Concepts 

In this course, you’ll learn about the instrumentation and control equipment used in the processing industries and about piping and instrumentation layout.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the roles of the common instrumentation and control equipment used in the process industry.
  • Understand process engineering concepts and calculations.
  • Decipher piping and instrumentation diagrams (P&IDs).

Self-paced online training. Cost is $595 per student.

Process Engineering for Control Practitioners - Process Engineering Aspects of Control and Alarming 

In this course, you’ll learn about the control architectures used in the process industry and the relationship of safety instrumented systems (SIS) and alarms.

Learning Objectives

  • Select and apply the proper control architectures used in the process industry.
  • Differentiate between monitoring and controlling.
  • Describe both plant-wide and unit process control needs.
  • Understand the relationship of safety instrumented systems (SIS) and alarms.

Self-paced online training. Cost is $495 per student.

Process Engineering for Control Practitioners - Pressure Safety Devices 

In this course, you’ll learn about the pressure safety devices and the eight-step process to protective safety layer.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the requirements for Pressure Safety Devices.
  • Employ the eight steps to provide a protective safety layer at a production facility.
  • Calculate pressure safety valve sizing.

Self-paced online training. Cost is $495 per student.

Certificate in Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS) Implementation and Optimization

In this course you’ll learn how to justify, evaluate, implement, audit and optimize your CMMS to result in a positive return on investment.

Learning Objectives

  • Justify the purchase of a maintenance management system.
  • Select an effective maintenance management system for your organization.
  • Optimize the implementation of your maintenance management system.

Self-paced online training. Cost is $1,095 per student.

Certificate in Managing Maintenance for Buildings and Facilities 

This program is designed for those who are responsible for management of physical assets such as airports, government buildings, office buildings, factory buildings, apartment complexes (large- and small-scale), hotels, hospitals, shopping malls, sports and entertainment venues, and other large facilities.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify the full scope of responsibilities for a facility manager.
  • Recognize safety issues and develop strategies to alleviate them.
  • Identify cost-saving opportunities in contracting and purchasing.
  • Organize your maintenance operation.
  • Apply preventive maintenance and lean maintenance techniques.
Self-paced online training. Cost is $1,295 per student.  

For additional educational opportunities supported by the CARES Act for residents of Johnson County, Kansas, visit Johnson County Workforce Partnership's JOCO KS Works page.