WMU News

Graduate certificate program focuses on human performance

April 23, 1999

KALAMAZOO -- West Michigan professionals hoping to hone skills that will help them develop and manage people better will soon have a new resource to turn to -- a graduate certificate program that focuses on human performance.

The Western Michigan University Board of Trustees approved a proposal April 23 to add a Graduate Certificate Program in Human Performance Technology to the graduate program offerings of WMU's Department of Psychology. The new program is designed for professionals interested in courses that are part of the University's existing master's program in industrial/organizational psychology, but who do not seek to earn a master's degree.

The program, which emphasizes practical applications of human performance technology, includes course work focused on improving the performance of individuals, work groups, cross-functional teams and small organizations. To complete the program, students must complete four required courses and two electives in such areas as organizational communication, human resource development and management.

The program will be offered primarily in the greater Grand Rapids area, where WMU already offers a number of graduate professional programs. The course also will be offered through the University's distance education formats.

Media contact: Cheryl Roland, 616 387-8400, cheryl.roland@wmich.edu

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