February 28, 2014
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
In the College we talk a lot about our mission to serve our community with our unique ability to provide high quality business education. This is why I am so proud of our Office of Professional and Executive Development. In the spirit of service to our community, OPED provides high-quality advanced professional development programs to local professionals taught by our internationally renowned faculty and highly regarded industry trainers.
So why is OPED different from other training programs? Our programs are non-degree continuing education courses (earning CEUs), offering training options for local organizations which eliminate the additional cost of travel and days away from the office. They are semi-customized by using an industry-vertical strategy, meaning that public training programs are designed to meet relevant and specific needs of an industry. Additionally, we work with organizations to design internal-only, confidential, custom training programs. These programs are created to specifically meet the unique needs and goals of an organization and to fill gaps in existing internal training.
Finally, we ensure that all programs include a "project-based-learning" approach, requiring participants to immediately apply what they have learned in order to increase retention and ROI. As one student said, "the program helped not only build knowledge that I could take back into my immediate work environment, it helped give me some understanding and confidence around those I manage."
An example of an open enrollment offering is the "Leadership Development for Emerging Healthcare Leaders" program. This 5-module program was developed in 2011, specifically customized for new supervisors and managers who work in healthcare organizations. Participants learn applicable skills in the areas of leadership, working with people and teams, and managing conflict. The eighth cohort was just launched on February 13.
In 2014, OPED will begin offering continuing education programs targeting "professional verticals", including Human Resources (HR) and Project Management Professionals (PMP). Additionally, OPED will also offer more programs for government contracting and offer online training and webinars.
I encourage you to learn more about our Office of Professional and Executive Development by clicking here. OPED is rapidly growing to provide professional development opportunities to professionals in our community. As I always say, we have exciting things happening in our College!
Venkat Reddy, PhD
Dean, College of Business