ELEVATE Training Library


101. On Board for Onboarding


Onboarding new employees is a multifaceted process. Onboarding is not only a time to train someone on the day-to-day of their role but is the first opportunity to share the values and culture of your organization with new staff. Tangible takeaways from this training include understanding the importance of onboarding, involving multiple team members in the onboarding experience, and creating a structured onboarding process.

  • Distinguish the role of onboarding in establishing positive working relationships.
  • Identify ways create a structured onboarding process and/ improve current onboarding processes.


201. Teaching Through Feedback & Performance Evaluations


Feedback is an essential element of student employee development. However, many students view feedback and the evaluation process as an intimidating one. Supervisors have the ability to make these processes meaningful instead of daunting. This training will focus on your role as a supervisor and the influence you have on framing feedback as support for improvement on a regular basis and through performance evaluations.  

  • Understand how to provide effective feedback using performance standards. 
  • Identify ways to incorporate continuous feedback and performance evaluations in employee development processes. 

202. Introduction to Strengths


Based on decades of research conducted by the Gallup Organization, a strengths-based focus can enhance an individual’s ability to deliver optimal performance. This training will use the results of the CliftonStrengths assessment to teach the three components of strengths development and equip you to have introductory conversations about CliftonStrengths with your student employees. 

  • Create a personal understanding of their top five CliftonStrengths themes. 
  • Discover ways to have introductory CliftonStrengths-based conversations. 

203. Clear is Kind: Effective Communication


What are your communication preferences? How do you best receive information? This training will explore these questions and provide supervisors with tools and techniques to facilitate effective communication with student employees.  

  • Recognize the importance of creating clear communication expectations. 
  • Identify ways to improve interpersonal and team communication processes. 

204. Critical Thinking on the Job


We place a lot of responsibility and trust in our student employees to do their job. Depending on the position, student employees open and close our facilities, perform necessary administrative support, and/or drive innovation in our programs. This training will explore approaches and frameworks for teaching critical thinking to empower student employees to do their job. 

  • Recognize that critical thinking is a practice that can be developed.  
  • Identify the roles that building trust and establishing clear expectations play in developing critical thinking skills. 

205. Student Employment in a Hybrid Environment


As our working environment changes to encompass more fluid work arrangements, our leadership styles will also need to flex. This class will explore some of the new experiences that students are facing during these hybrid working environments, look at what leading a hybrid working environment entails, and share tips to help you and your student employees be successful. 

  • Discover different approaches to facilitating an equitable hybrid work environment. 
  • Analyze current staff processes that can be adapted to create an equitable hybrid work environment.  

206. Creating a Meaningful Retreat Experience


A staff retreat is an opportunity to step away from the day-to-day work and spend time thinking about the bigger picture.  This training will explore ways to create a meaningful staff retreat, which includes team building activities and communication expectations.   

  • Recognize the role that staff retreats plays in employee development. 
  • Identify ways to implement a staff retreat into training processes. 

207. Creating an Internship-Like Experience


Internships are a high impact practice that provide students with career-related experiences.  What makes an internship a high impact practice and how can I implement these practices into my student employment?  This training will explore ways to implement internship best practices into the “Student Employee Experience.”

  • Define what an internship-like experience looks like.
  • Identify ways to implement internship-like experiences in employee development processes.

SHAPE Program Training


CSU’s Lory Student Center (LSC) offers training sessions for student employees and supervisors through their SHAPE Program.  You can participate in their training offerings and receive elective credit.  Visit the LSC’s website to see current training offerings.   


301. Speaking the Language of Career Competencies


Using CSU’s core competencies, supervisors will learn how to guide student employees to discover the work transferable skills behind their employment with CSU. This training will teach supervisors to navigate the Career Center’s Student Employee Development Toolkit which provides career competency-based tools for student employees. These tools can be tailored to the needs of your staff area. 

  • Recognize that student employment is a meaningful engagement practice that drives career development. 
  • Identify ways to implement career development activities into training processes. 


401. Inclusive Excellence in Campus Employment


Deepen your understanding of diversity, equity and inclusion and your role with your student employees. Learn about key concepts related to identity, bias, power, privilege, and oppression. Understand the benefits of being part of a diverse community. Develop skills related to ally behavior, self-care and creating inclusive spaces. 

  • Recognize their role in creating an identity-supported work environment. 
  • Identify on-campus resources for sustaining an identity-supported work environment.

402. Strengths Based Leadership


Strengths Based Leadership explores the four domains of leadership necessary for all teams: Executing, Relationship Building, Influencing and Strategic Thinking. Based on the results of the Gallup CliftonStrengths assessment, participants will explore their domain(s) and discover how to invest time in various job responsibilities to best contribute to department and organization. 

  • Define the CliftonStrengths four domains of leadership. 
  • Employ a Strengths Based Leadership approach through their working relationships. 

403. Teach, Mentor & Empower: An Approach to Employee Coaching


Coaching can be described as an approach to teaching, mentoring, and empowering student employees. This training will explore a three-component approach to student employee coaching and provide space for supervisors to apply the framework through scenario-based discussions.  

  • Define coaching and the role it plays in driving employee development. 
  • Develop a personal coaching philosophy to guide employee development. 

404. Supervising in a Multigenerational Workforce


Learn what makes Gen Z (born 1998-2010) tick. Ever wonder how this current generation of student employees view workplace motivation, priorities, evaluation, and communication? This interactive training will give attendees the chance to learn more about the generational norms of all the generations in the workplace with a deep dive on Gen Z. 

  • Interpret how generational norms inform work approach.  
  • Understand that generational differences are an opportunity to have conversations around work approach. 

405. Building a Culture of Appreciation


How do you create a work environment that recognizes employees for their contributions?  This training will explore ways to show appreciation for our employees and provide space for brainstorm ways to implement appreciation activities as a form of employee development. 

  • Recognize that employees prefer to be appreciated in different ways. 
  • Identify ways to implement appreciation-based programming through employee development practices. 

406. Supervisor Lunch & Learn


Looking to connect with supervisors across campus?  This discussion-based training provides the space to chat about recruitment, hiring, and student employee development practices.  No preparation needed; come as you are.  The Career Center will provide food, refreshment, and guiding questions to facilitate the conversation.

  • Create connections with other supervisors across campus.
  • Gain new ideas and perspectives from other supervisors.

Supervisor Development Program Training


CSU’s Talent Development department offers trainings through their Supervisor Development Program.  You can participate in their training offerings and receive an elective credit.  Visit Talent Development’s website to see current training offerings.


501. Off to Offboarding


A meaningful student employee experience celebrates when students leave to pursue further career development opportunities.  The offboarding process is an invaluable opportunity to “tie a bow” on a student’s campus employment.  How do you create an offboarding process that leaves the door open for your relationship with students to continue?  How can I create an offboarding process that is centered on employee development? This training will address these questions and outline a structured offboarding process (e.g., exit interviews/assessment, separation paperwork). 

  • Distinguish the role of offboarding in furthering a positive working relationship. 
  • Identify ways create a structured offboarding process and/ improve current offboarding processes.