Suffolk University launches innovative center


Journal Special

The University of Suffolk has announced the launch of an innovative new continuing education center specifically designed to meet the needs of industry in a rapidly changing economy, while enabling busy professionals to develop the skills they need to progress in their career.

The Center for Continuing & Professional Education offers short-term, non-credit online educational programs that combine Suffolk’s academic quality and rigor with industry-relevant content, including new faculty-designed certificate programs of Suffolk.

“As the economy changes, our workplaces change too. What we are hearing from both industry and employees is that there is an intense need for programs that deliver new skills and specific competencies, and do so in a reduced amount of time.” , says center director Dee Masiello, EdD. “This is exactly what the Continuing and Vocational Training Center is designed for. This is why we have developed these new specific certificate programs, and this is why we will continue to expand our range of other courses and certificates.

The certificate programs featured all focus on the vital needs of today’s workplaces:

• Become an agent of culture change: harness the power of diversity, equity and inclusion

• Design Thinking: applying discovery and innovation in practice

• Ethical Principles, Critical Thinking and Writing for Today’s Business

What differentiates Suffolk’s certificates from other asynchronous online courses, says Masiello, is that “we’ve deliberately constructed them to ensure that individual students have live interactions with our subject matter experts.”

The goal is to “move this kind of learning forward,” she said. “We offer flexible learning modules that allow people to work at their own pace, on their own schedules, while also giving them the opportunity to interact with specialists in their field.” Certificates can be completed in as little as ten weeks.

For partner companies, the center can organize timely and relevant training programs that will quickly equip their employees with valuable skills, Masiello said, “enabling them to stay on top of, and even ahead of, the demands of the industry.” ‘industry”.

In addition to certificate programs designed by Suffolk, the Center for Continuing & Professional Education partners with MindEdge, a leader in non-credit continuing education, to offer hundreds of affordable courses in dozens of fields from banking to cybersecurity, data analysis, finance, HR. management, marketing and web design.

Not only does the Center for Continuing & Professional Education achieve a key goal of Suffolk’s 2025 strategic plan to expand its professional education initiatives, said university president Marisa Kelly, “it also connects powerfully to our founding mission of creating access and opportunity – and our commitment to meeting students where they are and providing them with the kind of education they need to succeed.

On Thursday, October 13, Suffolk will celebrate the grand opening of its new Center for Equity, Development and Career Success from 4-6 p.m. As part of the celebration, the Center for Continuing and Professional Education will hold a raffle and the winner will be able to enroll in the certificate program of their choice for free.

For more information on courses and registration, please visit the Center for Continuing and Professional Education website or contact [email protected]

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