Tuesday, June 29, 2010

The Mount Keeping Professionals Ahead of the Game

New Business Certificate Programs Announced

Emmitsburg, MD – Mount St. Mary’s University School of Business announces two new graduate business certificate programs: Organizational Development and Project Management. These programs will be offered beginning in the fall of 2010, with courses held at the Center for Professional and Continuing Studies located in Frederick, MD. All certificate credits can be applied towards a Mount MBA.

“We developed these certificate programs specifically to meet the workforce demand within the business community of greater Frederick, Maryland,” says Dr. William Forgang, dean of the School of Business. “We worked with business leaders, determined the need and saw how the Mount, with its 35 years of specializing in graduate level business courses, was a perfect venue to create these much-needed programs.”

The Organizational Development Program consists of 5 graduate-level courses focusing on skills to improve your organization’s effectiveness and to develop employees at every level. Courses cover individual assessment, identifying and analyzing an organization’s culture and production of realistic outcomes.

Jill Sugden, director of human resources at SAIC-Frederick, Inc. states the Organizational Development Program fills a gap that Human Resource departments often find in the industry. “Many HR departments are involved in supporting organizational effectiveness through the provision of internal consulting, team building, coaching and facilitation services within their organizations. The Mount’s program is directly related to this effort. It fulfills the need for Human Resources practitioners and others to develop skills in the OD arena that can be directly applied within organizations.”

The Project Management Program Certificate, also a 5-course, graduate level offering, focuses on effective project management including leadership roles, best practices and risk management. This certificate program will help to prepare the certificate holder for the Project Management Institute’s Project Management Professional exam, often requested by federal agencies.

“Government and commercial organizations are continually striving to improve efficiency and effectiveness in today’s lean and competitive environment. Project management discipline and maturity are proven components for reaching these goals,” says Dr. Frank Eichorn, president of Eichorn Consulting. “The value of project management education and certification has dramatically increased and is a frequent requirement on many contracts.”

For more information on the Mount School of Business certificate programs visit www.msmary.edu/mba or call 301-447-5326.

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