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Pittsburgh, September 15, 2009 – It may sound odd, but sometimes you want employees to leave a training session smiling a little less but having learned a lot more. Human resource professionals who want to find out what their trainees have learned, if their behavior has changed or if their productivity has changed following a training session, can now do so with a little help from an upcoming seminar at La Roche College. “How to Make Your Training Smile Less” will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24, in the Ryan Room, Zappala College Center, on the College’s McCandless Township main campus.

“Too often we ask if our learners are smiling when they leave our classes, but do we know if they really learned anything?” asks presenter Diane Word, M.S.

This interactive session helps trainers learn how to make their sessions productive, thanks to the Kirkpatrick Evaluation Model. Attendees will go through a mock training class and have the opportunity to develop a course evaluation and measurement plan. They also will learn to map the business objectives to the performance metrics and ultimately to learning objectives. Immediately, attendees will be able to apply these skills to measuring their next training class.

Sponsored by the Department of Human Resources Management and the Office of Graduate Studies & Adult Education at La Roche, this seminar has been approved for two recertification hours towards PHR, SPHR and GPHR recertification through the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI). In addition, this session earns you strategic credits towards a SPHR certification.

Light refreshments will be available during a 6:30 p.m. informal networking reception. The cost of the seminar is $15. For more information or to register, visit, call 412-536-1193 or e-mail

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