Eastern Nazarene College's Adult Studies Division is launching a new Business Management Certificate program aimed at helping unemployed or underemployed residents gain the critical business skills needed to find employment.
Scheduled to begin October 19 with an initial cohort of 20 students, the full-time, 17-week program will provide adult students with accelerated training in management, leadership, marketing, project management, human resources management and more. Each student will receive a free laptop loaded with electronic versions of all of the course materials as well as Microsoft© computer applications, for which they'll also receive training.
Best of all, the program is being made available at no cost to eligible students: Through Eastern Nazarene's partnership with the state Career Centers, students referred to the program by the centers will have their full tuition paid for out of funding the state of Massachusetts has received as part of the federal stimulus package.
"This new Business Management Certificate program is a tremendous opportunity for local residents to gain the skills they need to enter or re-enter the workforce at no cost to them," said ENC Adult Studies Director William Boozang. "ENC's partnership with the state Career Centers is a win-win situation, providing students with a free certificate program from an accredited college while providing local businesses with the skilled workforce needed to grow their businesses."
Boozang -- who stressed the program would also welcome traditional, tuition-paying students who don't qualify for the stimulus-funded program -- said the certificate program was developed in response to an identified need in the community.
"We went to the career centers and workforce development boards and asked them what types of skills were most in demand by local businesses," he said. "They told us that there was a real need for a program that would provide workers with the core business skills such as operations management, business communication and accounting. So we customized this certificate program to meet those needs."
In order to be eligible for the free tuition, adult students interested in participating in the program must apply through one of the state's Career Centers. Because students will attend the program full-time - attending classes Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for 17 weeks - participants receiving unemployment who meet federal eligibility requirements will continue to receive their unemployment benefits for the duration of the program.
Boozang said Eastern Nazarene hopes to offer four such certificate programs each year. "ENC's Adult Studies Division was established specifically to help adult students further their educational and career goals while balancing their work and family obligations," he said. "We think the Business Management Certificate will help local residents do just that."
For more information on how to apply for the Business Management Certificate program, contact Eastern Nazarene's Adult Studies Division at 877-ENC-5323 or visit Adult Studies on the ENC web site.