WMU News

Management certificate courses offered in Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids

August 27, 1998

KALAMAZOO -- Two noncredit management courses will be offered by Western Michigan University in both Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo this fall for managers seeking practical information as well as techniques for professional growth.

The courses, which will start Sept. 23, are part of the Certificate in Management Development program that debuted this past spring on WMU's campus in Kalamazoo and at its Grand Rapids Regional Center, 2333 E. Beltline S.E.

The program is offered by the University's Office of Professional Programs and Conferences in cooperation with the American Management Association. It 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 supervisory skills.

The fall classes are "Interpersonal Communication Skills" and "What Managers Do." Both will run for six weeks on campus in Kalamazoo and at the Grand Rapids Regional Center. The fee per course is $295 and includes the cost of textbooks and parking.

"Interpersonal Communication Skills" will take place every Wednesday from Sept. 23 through Oct. 28 in Kalamazoo and every Thursday from Sept. 24 through Oct. 29 in Grand Rapids. "What Managers Do" is scheduled for each Wednesday from Nov. 11 through Dec. 16 in Kalamazoo and each Thursday from Nov. 12 through Dec. 17 in Grand Rapids.

To earn the management development certificate, participants must complete six 15-hour classes. WMU will offer a variety of courses in Kalamazoo and Grand Rapids over the next several months. Each course will incorporate a basic workbook developed by the American Management Association.

Those interested in the Certificate in Management Development may complete the entire certificate course work or enroll only in those classes of special interest. Formal admission to WMU is not required. 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 more information, a course schedule and registration information, interested persons should call WMU's Office of Professional Programs and Conferences at (616) 387-4174.

Media contact: Jeanne Baron, 616 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu


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