Not all continuing education is the same

Get the Best Education to Advance Your Career

Written by Francine Phillips and reproduced with permission from U-T MarketConnect San Diego, 2/25/2014


You’ve heard that 50 is the new 40. Denim is the new wool. Did you know that continuing education is the new advanced degree? Today’s college-educated workforce is finding the importance of keeping up with new technology and the latest skills for career advancement, so they are heading back to school. But not always back to the traditional classroom.

According to the Graduate Management Admission Council’s 2013 hiring survey, companies focused on reducing costs and overcoming economic challenges have a greater likelihood to hire specialized degree candidates with expertise in very narrow and specific sectors. Continuing education certificate programs are ideal to meet those needs.

“You have to be competitive in the workplace and build your skills,” said Jason Lemon, Academic Dean of the University of San Diego’s Professional and Continuing Education programs. “Many programs are serving students both on-campus and online, and many new programs are being offered. You have to be careful to choose educational opportunities that are specific to the career you want to pursue.”

The continuing education offerings at the University of San Diego are developed by working closely with San Diego businesses and industries to identify knowledge that will benefit the community and utilizes industry leaders as teachers.

The Nonprofit Management certificate was one of the first offered at the University of San Diego. For those committed to managing staff, raising funds, growing constituencies and putting on events, the program can add skill sets to position a worker to become an executive director or administrator of a cause-focused agency.

The Project Management certificate requires students to take on a project, such as launching a new product or implementing new software. The students then assess the risks, the costs and complete the project on time. These real-world skills often translate to big savings for companies and new opportunities for those who study in the programs.

Mobile Technology Learning is a certificate program based on new technologies being integrated into the K-12 classrooms. San Diego has one of the largest student iPad programs in the country and this program gives teachers expertise that is going to meet a growing demand.

Lean and Six Sigma teaches business managers best practices to supervise supply chain processes, gain efficiencies, identify extra steps and have a very real financial impact on the bottom line by building a data-driven decision environment.

“The difference between our programs and so many others is that we provide access to high quality higher education without high costs. The outstanding, national reputation of the University of San Diego indicates to the professional community that our students have been through a rigorous course of study and have passed with proven results,” said Dean Lemon.


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