Business Readiness Certificates

Business leaders, including hiring managers, across several industries report that a “skills gap” exists between the attributes they look for in prospective new hires and staff seeking promotions and the attributes they want to see in these same individuals. The gap isn’t in the technical skills needed. It is in the individual’s interpersonal communication skills, project management skills, ability to work in a team environment, and other “soft skills”. In addition, they report that the individual really set up for success is the person with business acumen. Whether you are just entering the workforce and wanting to maximize your ability to continue to move up through your chosen career path, these business acumen/leadership skills certificate programs will help you address the “skills gap”.

Certificate Programs

Business Administration for the IT Professional

  • Employers repeatedly report that many prospective hires and current employees have excellent technical skills but do not have the soft skills, business acumen and leadership understanding in order to work effectively in today’s cross functional environment. This program is designed to provide the individual new to the workforce with individual leadership skills, project management principles, process understanding and improvement along with the basic business acumen to work effectively and efficiently.

Leadership Development and Business Administration for the IT Professional

  • Many members of the workforce have excellent technical knowledge and skills; however, employers report that a lack of understanding of the business and insufficient team and organizational leadership competencies result in a failure to work as effectively or productively as required in today’s cross functional environment. This program addresses this gap with courses focused on the leadership development, project management, process analysis tools, and other competencies every professional and paraprofessional must master in order to manage and lead projects, teams, and strategic business initiatives.

 

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Business Administration for the IT Professional
Lean Six Sigma Green Belt
This accelerated Lean Six Sigma Green Belt program allows students to learn Lean Six Sigma methodology and earn a certification by passing an examination administrated at the end of the class. Students will learn both Lean and Six Sigma Principles and terminologies. They will be able to distinguish and implement the roles and responsibilities of Lean Six Sigma into an organization. Students will learn valuable tools to save a business or organization money by streamlining processes using the DMACI method to assuring quality remains high and errors low. 21 hours, 2.1 CEUs.
SharePoint Foundation 2013 Site User
In this course, students will learn about and use a SharePoint Team Site to access, store, and share information and documents. 8 hours, 0.8 CEUs.
Excel Level One
In this course, students will use Microsoft® Office Excel® 2013 to create spreadsheets and workbooks that you can use to store, manipulate, and share your data. 16 hours, 1.6 CEUs.
Excel Level Two
Students will build upon the foundational Microsoft® Office Excel® 2013 knowledge and skills already acquired and learn to create advanced workbooks and worksheets, including advanced formulas, tables, PivotTables, PivotCharts and data filtering. 16 hours, 1.6 CEUs.
Excel Level Three
In this course, students will learn some of the more advanced features of Excel, including automating common tasks, auditing workbooks to avoid errors, sharing data with other people, analyzing data, and using Excel data in other applications. 16 hours, 1.6 CEUs.
Excel MOS Exam and Exam Prep
The MOS EXCEL exam is designed by Microsoft to test a candidate's ability to use an Office application in a way that's more closely aligned with how they would use it daily in a work environment.
Powerful Presentations
The ability to effectively present information to groups of people is essential. Whether motivating a team, facilitating a department meeting, conducting a training session or delivering a keynote address. This course provides students with specific strategies and techniques regarding preparation, delivery, organization, use of visuals, room set up and more. The course includes time to practice skills learned. 8 hours, 0.8 CEUs.
Project Management - Level 1 - Project Management Fundamentals
This course covers the fundamentals of managing projects. Participants explore complex topics in project management while deepening their understanding of planning and controlling processes. Participants will demonstrate an understanding of concepts, tools and ways to manage projects to achieve positive outcomes. Principles and techniques are applied to real world projects. 24 hours, 2.4 CEUs.
Introduction to Business Administration and Models
In order to work effectively and efficiently in today's cross functional business team environment, all members of the workforce need to understand the goals of business functional areas including sales, marketing, finance, supply chain, etc. This course provides an overview of these business departments and functional areas as well as an understanding of various business models. 8 hours, 0.8 CEUs.
Effective Individual and Team Leadership: Essential Skills for the Workplace
Today, all career paths require practical and proven individual leadership skills and understanding of business processes. Individuals in information technology focused fields must be able to work closely with others throughout varous business functional areas. Learn practical and proven tools to improve these interactions, increase effectiveness and enhance productivity. Individual leadership tools for workforce readiness include interpersonal communications, authentic listening skills, team decision making skills, lean team problem solving, and customer service. An individual development plan, coaching and much more enhance this course. 24 hours, 2.4 CEUs.
Leadership Development and Business Administration for the IT Professional
Lean Six Sigma Green Belt
This accelerated Lean Six Sigma Green Belt program allows students to learn Lean Six Sigma methodology and earn a certification by passing an examination administrated at the end of the class. Students will learn both Lean and Six Sigma Principles and terminologies. They will be able to distinguish and implement the roles and responsibilities of Lean Six Sigma into an organization. Students will learn valuable tools to save a business or organization money by streamlining processes using the DMACI method to assuring quality remains high and errors low. 21 hours, 2.1 CEUs.
SharePoint Foundation 2013 Site User
In this course, students will learn about and use a SharePoint Team Site to access, store, and share information and documents. 8 hours, 0.8 CEUs.
Excel Level One
In this course, students will use Microsoft® Office Excel® 2013 to create spreadsheets and workbooks that you can use to store, manipulate, and share your data. 16 hours, 1.6 CEUs.
Excel Level Two
Students will build upon the foundational Microsoft® Office Excel® 2013 knowledge and skills already acquired and learn to create advanced workbooks and worksheets, including advanced formulas, tables, PivotTables, PivotCharts and data filtering. 16 hours, 1.6 CEUs.
Excel Level Three
In this course, students will learn some of the more advanced features of Excel, including automating common tasks, auditing workbooks to avoid errors, sharing data with other people, analyzing data, and using Excel data in other applications. 16 hours, 1.6 CEUs.
Excel MOS Exam and Exam Prep
The MOS EXCEL exam is designed by Microsoft to test a candidate's ability to use an Office application in a way that's more closely aligned with how they would use it daily in a work environment.
Excel Business Data Analysis
The class content is geared toward the business world; Sales, Operations, and Accounting areas that need an Excel tool to analyze their Data in order to take action to meet the everyday demands in an organization. Included in the class is Data Lists. Advanced use of Pivot Tables and Charts. 8 hours, 0.8 CEUs.
Powerful Presentations
The ability to effectively present information to groups of people is essential. Whether motivating a team, facilitating a department meeting, conducting a training session or delivering a keynote address. This course provides students with specific strategies and techniques regarding preparation, delivery, organization, use of visuals, room set up and more. The course includes time to practice skills learned. 8 hours, 0.8 CEUs.
Project Management - Level 2 - Managing Complex Projects: Skills & Leadership Techniques
Covering the fundamentals of project management and beyond, this course reviews the tactical skills that are needed to successfully deliver projects as well as the leadership skills necessary to lead projects to successful conclusions.   Students apply project management and leadership principles to real world scenarios. Particular emphasis is made on successfully managing and leading diverse and virtual project teams. 30 hours, 3.0 CEUs.
Introduction to Business Administration and Models
In order to work effectively and efficiently in today's cross functional business team environment, all members of the workforce need to understand the goals of business functional areas including sales, marketing, finance, supply chain, etc. This course provides an overview of these business departments and functional areas as well as an understanding of various business models. 8 hours, 0.8 CEUs.
Leadership Development Certificate

The Leadership Development Certificate is designed for both emerging and experienced leaders that want practical and proven tools to improve employee performance, increase team effectiveness and enhance organizational productivity.
Participants create and implement an Individual Development Plan that provides the framework for applying what they learn in class to workplace issues and situations. 45 hours, 4.5 CEUs.

Participants learn leadership best practices including how to:

  • Identify their leadership strengths and weaknesses
  • Think strategically
  • Become emotionally intelligent
  • Communicate effectively with others
  • Constructively resolve workplace conflict
  • Build and maintain high performing teams
  • Delegate and oversee work
  • Manage employee performance
  • Develop employees through coaching
  • Effectively direct change and manage transition

Business Administration for the IT Professional

  • Lean Six Sigma Green Belt $2,100.00
  • SharePoint Foundation 2013 Site User $395.00
  • Excel Level One $295.00
  • Excel Level Two $295.00
  • Excel Level Three $295.00
  • Excel MOS Exam and Exam Prep $200.00
  • Powerful Presentations $300.00
  • Project Management - Level 1 - Project Management Fundamentals $750.00
  • Introduction to Business Administration and Models $950.00
  • Effective Individual and Team Leadership: Essential Skills for the Workplace $1,050.00

Leadership Development and Business Administration for the IT Professional

  • Lean Six Sigma Green Belt $2,100.00
  • SharePoint Foundation 2013 Site User $395.00 
  • Excel Level One $295.00
  • Excel Level Two $295.00
  • Excel Level Three $295.00
  • Excel MOS Exam and Exam Prep $200.00
  • Excel Business Data Analysis $295.00
  • Powerful Presentations $300.00
  • Project Management - Level 2 -- Managing Complex Projects -- Skills and Leadership Techniques $800.00
  • Introduction to Business Administration and Models $950.00
  • Leadership Development Certificate $1,350.00