It's time for a coming-out party.
For two years, an executive training program in the College of Business at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs has been quietly offering its services to a limited number of leaders in the health care and financial services industries.
Now, the Office of Professional and Executive Development is ready to market its training and development services to a wider audience, and is publicizing two upcoming events: a four-day workshop on "Managing and Writing Federal Proposals" and a two-day program on "Financial Reporting and Analysis for Commercial Lending Professionals."
The OPED office is helmed by Shawna Rogers, who was promoted in July to become its full-time director.
Rogers recently answered a few questions about the program in an email interview with The Gazette.
Question: What is the Office of Professional and Executive Development program?
Answer: OPED is an initiative of the UCCS College of Business to offer noncredit professional development and continuing education programs. Through this unit, the college can further support local organizations and develop the regional work force. OPED develops training programs specifically to meet the needs of the health care, finance-banking and defense-aerospace industries. We work with industry professionals and local organizations to research industry needs and to learn what topics would have immediate value and impact. Equally important, we believe, is that we provide opportunity for high-level training programs close to home, eliminating the substantial cost of travel and additional days away from the office.
Q. Why was the office started?
A. The dean of the UCCS College of Business, Venkat Reddy, has long had the vision for noncredit, executive education program offerings. In mid-2011, he had a conversation with Debbie Chandler, CEO of Colorado Springs Health Partners, who was looking for employee leadership training. She wanted high-level training programs, but did not want to absorb the cost of sending employees out of state. In response, the college hosted a health care industry focus group of CEOs and leaders from area hospitals and health care organizations to discuss the specific needs of the industry. A team of college faculty and industry leaders developed a training program specifically for the industry called "Leadership Development for Emerging Healthcare Leaders." The program began in September 2011, and the three-month training has since been offered six times with participants from Colorado Springs, Pueblo and Canon City. In late 2011, OPED was formally launched to develop and execute continuing education and professional development programs.