Professional Development Program

La Plata County & Four Corners Area

The Professional Development Program increases the skills and capabilities of current managers and enables them to “reach” toward the next level of success. This program is part of the larger goal and effort of the Alliance to enable companies in the Four Corners area to build their own workforces internally – hiring and developing from the talented local staff.  A strong talent base makes for a successful business, satisfied employees, and a healthy community. For front-line and mid-level managers, the Professional Development Program will help your organization:

  • Increase the ability to hire from within your company
  • Diminish turnover and recruitment costs
  • Access quality training without the costs of travel time
  • Enhance productivity by cultivating leadership skills
  • Avoid the need to create your own training program

Register by August 25!

PDP Individual Organization Benefits

For Your Company

Organizations will see an increase in workforce and staff productivity, reduced turnover, and more:

  • A more responsible workforce
  • Teams that function with ease and effectiveness
  • Emotionally intelligent leaders who inspire others
  • Employees who see the value of the organization’s investment in them, increasing loyalty to the organization
  • A front line that brings good ideas and the know-how to implement them
  • Employees who think and work with pride and ownership

For Your Employees

Front-line and mid-level managers will develop leadership skills for a more successful career:

  • Ability to set and achieve goals
  • Capacity to lead a fully contributing, accountable workforce
  • More confidence in dealing with conflict
  • Larger répertoire of skills to engage and develop your team
  • Improved skills and confidence in dealing with employee, client and stakeholder relationships
  • Increased effectiveness at work, at home and in the community


The Professional Development Program for Managers contains 3 main segments:

Managing with Respect and Reason

Developing a leadership style that encourages and empowers those you supervise takes self-awareness and practice. This first segment develops the practical skills and character traits necessary for managers to keep their staff accountable and engaged.

Leading Thriving Teams

Some teams just function, while others thrive. This segment explores the characteristics of productive, positive teams and the role of the manager in both creating and maintaining the culture of success within a department or division.

Building Organizational Competency

A manager has an active role in removing silos and building a strong network of inter-dependent excellence, so that the organization as a whole works in concert.  This final segment focuses on the perspective and skills necessary for those working on multi-departmental projects and those who support a leadership team.


Who should attend?

The Professional Development Program is for front-line to middle managers who manage both people and projects, and who have at least six months of experience in a management role.

Schedule: September 2017 – February 2018

48 Classroom Hours; 7 meeting days

Thursday        September 28, 2017           5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Friday             October 13, 2017                 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Saturday         October 14, 2017                8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Thursday        November 9, 2017             8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Friday             December 8, 2017              8:00 am – 4:30 pm

Friday             January 12, 2018                8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Friday             February 9, 2018                8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Pricing: $2500 per person

Specialty pricing, per person

$2250 For Alliance Members

$2250 For 3 or more participants from one company

$2000 Alliance Member registering 3 or more from one company


Two Durango, Co locations will be used for classes.

A course schedule with locations will be sent to each participant just before the program begins.

Past participants say:

“I greatly enjoyed the program and I have no doubt I will use the skills in the future, if not tomorrow!”  B. Layman, Purgatory Resort
“Excellent applicable training that will help you be a better manager right away.” H. Johnson, Alpine Bank
“This was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made to learn and improve my skills and professional competence! It stretched and challenged me. I would recommend the program to anyone wanting to grow and become a better leader.”  K. Hallock, LocalFirst
“Through meeting with over 100 local businesses, we found that there was a desire for professional development opportunities on the part of both employers and employees. We are launching the Professional Development Program to provide the same high quality education found at Duke University and other leading business schools, right here in our back yard.”
Roger Zalneraitis

Executive Director, La Plata County Economic Development Alliance