University College at Fairfield University adds two offerings to its array of business certificate programs


As layoffs mount, both the employed and the unemployed are seeking ways to enhance their skills and remain competitive in a tight job market. University College at Fairfield University is offering two new business certificate programs in management to help them do that.

The new Managing and Motivating Certificate is designed to help managers develop the basic business skills necessary to succeed in management and supervisory positions. The Leading and Listening Certificate helps students build essential people skills required to meet performance goals, improve morale and lead a team.

The United States economy lost 181,000 jobs last year, according to government estimates.

"In tough economic times, individuals often return to the classroom for new credentials and are attracted to short-term programs," said Edna Wilson, dean of University College at Fairfield University.

University College at Fairfield University, which oversees a myriad of educational programs for part-time college-goers, now offers nine business certificate programs, including programs in certified financial planning, human resources, computer graphics, clinical research and interior design.

The business certificate programs are designed to assist organizations, executives, small business owners and the community at large with specially designed learning solutions.

"Managers and would-be managers now see the importance in developing a broader understanding of how an organization functions, its financial procedures, how to communicate better with colleagues, how to supervise people and how to dramatically enhance time management and organizational skills," said Patricia Brunetti, director of noncredit programs for University College.

Completion of the Managing and Motivating Certificate requires completion of five courses: Finance for Non-Financial Managers, Writing for the Workplace, Designing a Business Plan, Supervising: Practices and Techniques, and Project Management.

The Leading and Listening Certificate requires completion of the first three courses in the Managing and Motivating Certificate, along with Art of Negotiation and Integrated Marketing Communications.

All courses for the new certificate programs are held on the Fairfield University campus. The price of each certificate is $1,995 or $450 per course. For more information or to register, contact Beatrix Brownfield at 203-254-4307. Media inquiries should be made to Dana Ambrosini, assistant director of media relations, at 203-254-4000, ext. 2726.

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Media Contact: Nancy Habetz, (203) 254-4000, ext. 2647, nhabetz@fairfield.edu

Posted on January 23, 2003

Vol. 35, No. 157