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WMU offers new certificate program in Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids

March 24, 1998

KALAMAZOO -- A new noncredit continuing education program for managers seeking practical information and techniques for professional growth will be available this spring through Western Michigan University.

The Certificate in Management Development program will begin Wednesday, April 8, on WMU's campus in Kalamazoo and at its Grand Rapids Regional Center, 2333 E. Beltline S.E. It is being offered by WMU's Office of Professional Programs and Conferences in cooperation with the American Management Association.

The program is designed for newly appointed managers, persons needing specific management skill development and experienced supervisors with limited formal management course work. It also is intended to benefit experienced and inexperienced managers and supervisors who wish to enhance their career opportunities or update their managerial and supervision skills.

To earn the management development certificate, participants must complete six 15-hour classes. During the next several months, WMU will offer a wide range of applicable courses in both Kalamazoo and Grand Rapids. A basic workbook developed by the American Management Association will be used in each course.

Initial classes will include "What Managers Do," "First Line Supervision" and "How to Build High Performance Teams." Additional classes will cover topics such as communication skills, leadership skills, coaching, conflict resolution, and finance and accounting.

Those interested in the management development program may complete the entire certificate course work or enroll only in those classes of special interest. Admission to WMU is not required. The fee per course is $295 and includes the cost of textbooks and parking.

Upon successful completion of each class, students receive 1.5 Continuing Education Units. CEUs are nationally recognized evidence that holders have augmented their job performance capabilities.

For program details and registration information, call the Office of Professional Programs and Conferences at (616) 387-4174.

Media contact: Jeanne Baron; jeanne.baron@wmich.edu

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