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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPTIONS

Professional Development Options

The Office of Continuing Education and Graduate Studies offers non-credit professional development courses and certificates designed to assist working professionals in strengthening job skills and meeting continuing education requirements. These include prep courses for certain industry-specific certifications. Our office also offers students a chance to take a class or two for personal or professional enrichment without enrolling in a full degree program.

 

Society for Human Resource Management Exam Prep

The global HR credentials through the Society for Human Resource ManagementSHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP, offer growth, advancement and recognition. This intensive 10-week program combines expert instruction with the 2018 SHRM Learning System®, so you will learn faster, retain more knowledge and stay on track for success on the exam.

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Online Non-Credit Courses and Certificates

These online learning courses and certificates are offered through partnerships with providers such as Health Ed Today and Ed2Go.  They are provided by expert instructors and students can participate anytime, day or evening, from any computer.  Many courses are available as either a single, stand-alone class or as part of a certificate program.

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Non-Degree Study and Auditing Courses

You may take classes at Elmira College without officially applying for an undergraduate or graduate degree.  If, at a later time, you decide to pursue a degree, these classes may be applied towards a degree program. For graduate coursework, only 12 credits of non-degree courses may be matriculated to a degree program.

If you are interested in taking an undergraduate course, a full application is not needed. Students will need to complete and submit the following:

If you are interested in taking a graduate course, a full application will be needed.  Students will need to complete and submit the following:

Students may audit a course with the consent of the instructor.  An auditor is expected to attend classes, complete the assignments, and participate in class discussions, but is not required to take examinations.  No credit is given for an audited course. Students interested in auditing a class will need to submit the following:

* Students born after January 1, 1957 only.

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The Certificate Program in Supply Chain Management

(Thursdays, 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.)

The model of supply chain management is based on the idea that almost every product that reaches an end-user represents the collective efforts of numerous organizations. These organizations are referred to together as the supply chain.

Supply chain management (SCM) is a systematic approach to managing the flow of materials through every phase including product development, sourcing, production span functions, and logistics, as well as how to manage the information to coordinate these activities.

About the program:

This five-course certificate program will provide the concepts, processes, and strategies used in SCM to increase efficiency, reduce costs, facilitate a competitive infrastructure, improve customer service, and develop collaboration between suppliers and business.

To register and for more information please click here.

Register by December 1, 2018 and receive a 20% discount. Enter Promo Code: EarlyBirdSCM18

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Improving Nursing Quality Indicators

The Improving Nursing Quality Indicators course utilizes the principles and methods of Lean Six Sigma to teach a problem-solving tool set that is appropriate for the individual nurse, nursing units, or healthcare organizations who could greatly benefit from the analytical tools and methods used in Six Sigma.

What you will learn:

The learning objective of the Improving Nursing Quality Indicators course is to develop a comprehensive set of skills that will allow you to improve on all of the quality indicators within a nursing function. The Improving Nursing Quality Indicators body of knowledge includes techniques for both quantitative and non-quantitative analysis, as well as the team leadership skills necessary to get projects across the goal line.

After completing this course, you should be able to do the following:

  • Apply the PDSA method and select LSS tools in a simulated case study project. These tools you will bring back to your organization.

Benefits of Improving Nursing Quality Indicators

  • There are no complicated statistics.
  • Tools are simple and can be completed by hand in a few minutes.
  • Projects are completed in days or weeks rather than months or years.
  • Best of all, while the tool set can stand alone, solving problems and contributing to operational excellence and the bottom line, it forms a foundation upon which more advanced process improvement tools and methods can be added later on.

Who should attend?

This course is designed for individuals in nursing and other healthcare organizational departments including finance, logistics, quality, HR, production, and staff operations.

This course is 24 hours long. No prerequisitesas this is not a certification tract.

When: February 21, 28 and March 7

Days: Thursdays

Time: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Fee: $995

For more information and to register, please click here.

Meet your instructor, Vickie Kamataris.

Vickie is a Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt and has been applying Six Sigma processes in the US and abroad to healthcare since 1996. Her expertise includes Theory of Constraints, TRIZ, and Change Management. A registered nurse with more than twenty years of clinical experience, Vickie earned her BSN from Southwestern College where she graduated valedictorian in 1988 and a MSN/HCSM from Loyola University, New Orleans. Vickie has achieved multiple specialty certifications, including CPHQ and COHN-S. She served as director of commercial healthcare and MBB for military healthcare for NOVACES, LLC, a leading international provider of SystemCPI consulting services.

She is a co-author of “Performance Improvement for Healthcare: Leading Change with Lean, Six Sigma, and Constraints Management,” published in 2012. She has also published numerous quality-related articles and presented at national and international venues.

Vickie is currently a visiting professor in leadership for the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University.

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Foundations of Project Management

The classroom experience without the classroom!

Elmira College’s Foundations of Project Management course is truly a virtual classroom with synchronous (real-time) lectures and interactions for all participants in the course. You’ll work together with your instructor and classmates while you’re at home, the office, a coffee shop…anywhere but a classroom.

Class Overview

Project management skills are essential in a wide variety of professional roles, and can even be a wonderful asset in your personal life.

This course will introduce you to the fundamentals of project management, approaching it from the standpoint of managing a single, stand-alone project that is small to medium-sized. You'll work through the project life cycle using the same steps you'll use when you're managing a real project.

During this course, we'll cover the following:

  • Project life cycles from initiation through planning, executing, controlling, and closing
  • Project charters
  • Creating a work-breakdown structure
  • Network diagramming
  • Finalizing the project plan
  • Scope management
  • Stakeholder identification
  • Cost management
  • Scheduling and schedule management
  • Earned value measurement
  • Change control
  • How to use MS Project as an effective planning, scheduling, and tracking tool

When: May 14 - June 6

Days: Tuesdays and Thursdays

Time: 5:30 p.m. - 7:45 p.m.

Where: Anywhere you want as long as you have an Internet connection

Fee: $425

Total Hours: 18.0

For more information and to register, please click here.

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PMP® Prepare Exam Prep

Elmira College’s PMP® Prepare Exam Prep course is truly a virtual classroom with synchronous (real-time) lectures and interactions for all participants in the course. You’ll work together with your instructor and classmates while you’re at home, the office, a coffee shop…anywhere but a classroom. To learn more about learning with Adobe Connect, please click here.

Introduction

This course is designed to prepare students to take and pass the Project Management Institute PMP© exam. The class introduces important advanced PMI PMBOK® Edition 5 topics including Earned Value Analysis, CPM and financial analysis while covering all 9 PMI PMBOK® knowledge areas. The course takes attendees through the initiating, planning, execution, controlling and closing processes and uses group exercises as a hands-on approach to reinforce key concepts.

The course integrates PMP® Certification Prep sessions that introduce attendees to the form of the PMP test and gives practical tips, memory joggers and best-practice advice on effective test taking, recommended study materials and methods. Practice tests are included and build to a final, complete PMP® practice test that builds individual confidence and experience leading to successful attainment of the PMP® designation.

Audience

This course is for individuals who desire to understand how to effectively manage and control a project through completion, have previously been introduced to the Foundations of Project Management and aspire to pass the PMP® certification test.

Course Learning Objectives

At the end of the course, students will be able to:

  • Understand concepts in effective project initiating, planning, estimating and execution.
  • Understand the PMI® PMBOK format, organization and processes.
  • Understand the knowledge areas and how they interact in project planning and execution.
  • Know how to set up a change control process.
  • Understand how to manage change requests.
  • Know what activities go on during the Execution Phase of a Project.
  • Know what activities are associated with the Controlling Processes associated with a project.
  • Be able to interpret Project Performance reports.
  • Understand and be able to use Earned Value Analysis.
  • Know the format of the PMP Cert test.
  • Be able to develop an effective study plan for taking and passing the PMP test

Prerequisites

Before beginning this course, students should have:

  • 4 or more years of experience in a project management environment is helpful.
  • Satisfies the requirements for PMP certification.
  • Has basic familiarity with the PMBOK.

Certified Professional Exam Preparation

Materials covered will lead to but are not sufficient for the following certifications: PMI Certified Associate Project Manager, Project Management Professional; Additional study time outside of the class times will be necessary.

Student Materials

The course materials are yours to keep. You will be provided with the following:

  • PMP Prepare Manual
  • PMP Cert Prep materials and practice tests software with 1000 practice questions.
  • Student Exercise Files

Students are required to purchase A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide)–Sixth Edition (approximately $65 at Amazon for new copy).

When: Beginning February 20, 2019

Days: Mondays and Wednesdays

Time: 5:30 p.m. - 7:45 p.m.

Where: Anywhere you want as long as you have an Internet connection

Fee: $850

For more information and to register, please click here.

We will be using Adobe Connect VOIP for audio on this class. To minimize any feedback or “noisy” audio, it is highly recommended that you use a “headphone with built-in, inline microphone” for the conversations. These can be purchased at most electronic stores for as little as $10-20.

If you have never attended an Adobe Connect meeting before please test your connection: here.

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Project Cost Management

Elmira College’s Project Cost Management course is truly a virtual classroom with synchronous (real-time) lectures and interactions for all participants in the course. You’ll work together with your instructor and classmates while you’re at home, the office, a coffee shop…anywhere but a classroom. To learn more about learning with Adobe Connect, please click here.

Introduction

Projects today are tending towards ever-increasing levels of uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity. This environment requires new and more sophisticated approaches and techniques for management of these efforts. This course addresses the various approaches, philosophies and techniques for effective management of project risk and complexity.

Course Overview and Development Objectives

Competition around precious organizational resources and funding means that project managers need to be ever-cognizant of the importance of efficiently managing and spending organization’s funds. Effective project cost control allows for more effective utilization of these resources and also establishes accountability and justification of project financial needs. This course covers the basics of project estimating, budgeting, financial justification and cost control for projects.

Key topics addressed include the processes and techniques for cost management planning, estimating, budgeting and control. Another key topic is earned value management, a technique commonly employed on larger projects to track progress and performance. Terminology, processes and definitions, where appropriate follow the Project Management Institute’s (PMI®) Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide).

Audience

This course is for individuals who desire to understand how to successfully manage the estimating, funding and budgeting processes in a project environment. It is especially suited for project team members, project managers and key stakeholders.

Additionally, functional managers who support project resources and professionals who desire a career in project management should benefit.

Course Learning Objectives

At the end of the course, students will be able to:

  • Understand what drivers are present today that lead to project selection and financial justification.
  • Correctly understand and use some key financial terms such as direct vs. indirect costs, ROI and NPV.
  • Develop a project cost management plan.
  • Implement effective cost management analysis techniques.
  • Facilitate team-oriented cost management and estimating processes.
  • Lead effective cost management throughout the project life cycle.
  • Know various historical and current approaches to cost estimating.
  • Develop a project budget.
  • Know how a project budget is used as a baseline for establishing cost control and reporting.
  • Apply Earned Value Management (EVM) techniques to understand and communicate project status.
  • Effectively make cost-related corrective action decisions based upon project priorities.

Prerequisites

Before beginning this course, students should have:

  • Participants should have attended at least a basic course in project management tools and techniques or have equivalent knowledge and experience, especially in the areas of schedule and cost control, risk management and managing project stakeholders.
  • 2 or more years of experience in a project management environment is helpful.
  • An understanding and experience with MS Windows and Office products.

When: April 22 - May 8

Days: Mondays and Wednesdays

Time: 5:30 p.m. - 7:45 p.m.

Where: Anywhere you want as long as you have an Internet connection

Fee: $425

For more information and to register, please click here.

We will be using Adobe Connect VOIP for audio on this class. To minimize any feedback or “noisy” audio, it is highly recommended that you use a “headphone with built-in, inline microphone” for the conversations. These can be purchased at most electronic stores for as little as $10-20.

If you have never attended an Adobe Connect meeting before please test your connection: here.

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Project Risk Management

Elmira College’s Foundations of Project Management course is truly a virtual classroom with synchronous (real-time) lectures and interactions for all participants in the course. You’ll work together with your instructor and classmates while you’re at home, the office, a coffee shop…anywhere but a classroom. To learn more about learning with Adobe Connect, please click here.

Introduction

Projects today are tending towards ever-increasing levels of uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity. This environment requires new and more sophisticated approaches and techniques for management of these efforts. This course addresses the various approaches, philosophies and techniques for effective management of project risk and complexity.

Key topics addressed include the processes and techniques for risk planning, risk identification, analysis, response planning and control. Additional topics covered include the definition, identification and categorization of complexity, historical approaches to complex projects, a framework for managing projects in various complexity regimes, managing project sponsorship, stakeholder analysis and communication and techniques for managing large, high uncertainty and “edge of chaos” projects.

Terminology, processes and definitions, where appropriate follow the Project Management Institute’s (PMI®) Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide).

Course Overview and Development Objectives

Competition around precious organizational resources and funding means that project managers need to be ever-cognizant of the importance of efficiently managing and spending organization’s funds. Effective project cost control allows for more effective utilization of these resources and also establishes accountability and justification of project financial needs. This course covers the basics of project estimating, budgeting, financial justification and cost control for projects.

Key topics addressed include the processes and techniques for cost management planning, estimating, budgeting and control. Another key topic is earned value management, a technique commonly employed on larger projects to track progress and performance. Terminology, processes and definitions, where appropriate follow the Project Management Institute’s (PMI®) Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide).

Audience

This course is for individuals who desire to understand how to successfully manage risk and complexity in todays’ highly uncertain world of projects. It is especially suited for project team members, project managers and key stakeholders.

Additionally, functional managers who support project resources and professionals who desire a career in project management should benefit.

Course Learning Objectives

At the end of the course, students will be able to:

  • Identify risks, both positive and negative, and understand their potential impact on project results.
  • Implement effective risk analysis techniques.
  • Facilitate team-oriented risk processes.
  • Lead effective risk management throughout the project life cycle.
  • Define complexity in a project environment.
  • Recognize categories of uncertainty in projects.
  • Understand the difference between project, program and product management.
  • Understand what drivers are present today that lead to complex projects.
  • Know various historical and current approaches to managing complex projects.
  • Apply techniques to large and highly complex projects
  • Recognize the importance of and effectively manage project sponsors.
  • Deal with the inevitable politics associated with high-stakes, high dollar value projects.
  • Overcome cultural challenges associated with global multicultural and diverse project teams.
  • Use a set of mobilizing skills to keep team members focused on project objectives and outcomes that will lead to success and ultimately to long-term competitive advantage in the marketplace.
  • Understand how to identify and deal with complexity in projects that they manage.

Prerequisites

Before beginning this course, students should have:

  • Participants should have attended at least a basic course in project management tools and techniques or have equivalent knowledge and experience, especially in the areas of schedule and cost control, risk management and managing project stakeholders.
  • 2 or more years of experience in a project management environment is helpful.
  • An understanding and experience with MS Windows and Office products.

When: March 19 - April 4

Days: Tuesdays and Thursdays

Time: 5:30 p.m. - 7:45 p.m.

Where: Anywhere you want as long as you have an Internet connection

Fee: $425

For more information and to register, please click here.

We will be using Adobe Connect VOIP for audio on this class. To minimize any feedback or “noisy” audio, it is highly recommended that you use a “headphone with built-in, inline microphone” for the conversations. These can be purchased at most electronic stores for as little as $10-20.

If you have never attended an Adobe Connect meeting before please test your connection: here.

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Sexual Harassment Prevention Workshop

Stop Sexual Harrassment

Sexual harassment training is now required for all New York State employers. This is one of the strictest laws prohibiting sexual harassment and requires all employers to conduct interactive sexual harassment training at least annually for all employees and supervisors/managers. The law also requires employers to have a sexual harassment policy, complaint form and investigation process. All New York State employers must provide sexual harassment training to all employees, interns and independent contractors by October 9, 2019 and for new employees within reasonable time of their date of hire. The law also requires employers to have a documented policy and complaint process. The state also recommends board of directors attend the training as well, to ensure compliance at the top of the organization.

Make sure that your managers understand what their responsibilities are regarding preventing harassment in the workplace and the level of responsibility they have in the workplace with preventing sexual harassment and creating a great place to work. The training provides a clear a definition of sexual harassment and an understanding of the differences between quid pro quo and hostile work environment sexual harassment. It focuses on an employer's obligations when there has been a complaint of sexual harassment as well as strategies on how best to prevent sexual harassment from occurring in your workplace. The training provides an in-depth discussion of the other types of unlawful harassment under both federal and state law.

What Managers and Employees will Learn in the New York State Harassment Prevention Workshop:

  • Quid Pro Quo and Hostile Work Environment Harassment Can Cause Problems for Managers and are Prohibited in the Workplace
  • How to Avoid Significant Mistakes Managers often Make that can Create a Hostile Work Environment Harassment in your Workplace
  • Strategies For Avoiding Harassment in the Workplace
  • Learn that Hostile Work Environment Harassment is often Based on Protected Classes Other than Sex
  • Understand that Managers are Prohibited from Retaliating against Complainants or Witnesses
  • Best Practices for Having an Effective Anti-Harassment Policy
  • Implementation of the policy, complaint form and investigation process
  • Learn How HR Should Respond After Receiving a Harassment Complaint
  • What HR Does When Handling the Harassment Investigation
  • Learn that Virtual Harassment such as Text Messages, Sexting or Posts on Facebook can Create Harassment in the Workplace
  • Exceeding the NYS requirements for sexual harassment training

Call (607) 735-1825 to schedule your training (all shifts available).

Workshop is two hours in length. All material provided.

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8 Hour Pre-Assignment Training Course for Security Guards

This is an 8 hour course required by New York State as the first step in obtaining a security guard registration card from the New York State Department of State. The course provides the student with a general overview of the duties and responsibilities of a security guard.

What you will learn:

Topics covered in this course include the role of the security guard, legal powers and limitations, emergency situations, communications and public relations, access control, and ethics and conduct. The passing of an examination is required for successful completion of this course.

When: Saturday, June 29, 2019

Time: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Where: Elmira College Campus

Fee: $99

For more information and to register, please click here.

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