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05/03/2018

Winthrop Launches Continuing and Professional Education Courses as Well as New Summer Business Institute

Quick Facts

 The courses are designed to meet community needs in professional development, workforce training and lifelong learning.
 The courses range in length from one day to a few weeks.

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ROCK HILL, SOUTH CAROLINA – Winthrop University will launch a new series of non-credit continuing and professional education courses this summer, including a six-week Summer Business Institute (SBI).

The courses are designed to meet community needs in professional development, workforce training and lifelong learning.

“Winthrop is now offering high quality continuing and professional education programs that are affordable and accessible. So, whether you wish to gain a new skill, explore a new career or pursue a passion, Winthrop will help you get there,” said Pat Guilbaud, director of adult programs. “Participants will receive a certificate of course completion, and for those who choose, electronic badges are available upon completion of certain courses that demonstrate mastery of subject areas,” Guilbaud added. “Our programs are designed to meet the needs of people who lead busy lives, and we welcome all students.”

The courses range in length from one day to a few weeks.

Below are the upcoming courses:

I. Advanced Microsoft Excel (managing and analyzing data)

Session 1: May 15 and 17, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Session 2: June 11, 13 and 14, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Session 3: July 10 and 12, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
$375 or $425 with certification badge

II. Advanced Microsoft Word (preparing professional and complex documents)
Session 1: May 22 and 24, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Session 2: June 18, 20 and 21, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Session 3: July 10 and July 12, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
$375 or $425 with certification badge

III. Critical Thinking in the Workforce
Session 1: June 23, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Session 2: June 28, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Session 3: July 13, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
$299 or $349 with certification badge

This course is taught by Amanda Hiner, associate professor of English and coordinator for Winthrop’s critical reading, thinking and writing courses.

New Summer Business Institute to Help Attendees Boost Business Careers

An additional new offering is the Summer Business Institute, an exciting new opportunity for students and professionals alike who are interested in starting or advancing their career in business with a unique, intensive educational experience. The SBI leverages Winthrop’s high-quality, learner-centered education in areas such as writing, critical thinking and business, helping participants strengthen or fine-tune their leadership and communication skills.

The six-week program is taught by College of Business Administration faculty members, and the institute is ideal for aspiring M.B.A. students, international M.B.A. students, recent Winthrop graduates who were non-business majors and who wish to strengthen their technical business skills, adult learners and aspiring entrepreneurs and students from other universities.

The non-credit program is divided into two distinct, three-week sessions.

Session 1 (July 2-20): Quantitative Methods, Business Software Applications, Economics, Finance and Accounting

Session 2 (July 23-Aug. 10): Management, Marketing, Leadership, Communications, Entrepreneurship and Career Management

Cost for session 1 is $3,000; cost for both sessions is $5,400. Participants must take the first session in order to enroll in the second session. Sessions do not have to be taken in the same year. Apply by June 5 and save $500 off the regular cost.

“The SBI is an exciting and comprehensive opportunity because it includes participation in a mentoring program, field experience trips to local businesses, social activities, certificate of completion and digital badges for mastery of certain program topics, support to participants in drafting and revising resumes, inclusion in the SBI resume book, which will be distributed to employers, and a career fair at the end of the six-week program,” said Guilbaud. “Participants will gain exposure to much-needed knowledge for today’s business world from Winthrop’s superior business faculty and will have numerous network opportunities, which we all know is vitally important to job placement as well,” he added.

For more information on courses, course expectations, pricing and more, please visit www.winthrop.edu/cpe.

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