updated: 9/17/2013 7:02:28 AM

Butler to Offer Online Business Certificates

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Butler University will offer two online certificates for business professionals beginning next year. The courses focus on the core elements of business and employee training. The school says it is currently accepting applications for both programs.

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September 16, 2013

News Release

Butler University's College of Business is offering two new online certificate programs beginning in January 2014, one for professionals who want to make an immediate impact on their career and the second for experienced and emerging leaders who want to coach their employees to higher performance and engagement.

"Business Essentials" is a four-course program that provides a comprehensive overview and a hands-on perspective of the core elements of business and can be completed in 32 weeks entirely online. Applications are now being accepted.

"Leader as Coach" is a not-for-credit certificate designed for experienced and emerging leaders who want to coach their employees to higher performance and engagement. The three-course program can be completed in 24 weeks and is entirely online. Applications are now being accepted.

"Business Essentials" is open to adult learners in any field or industry who want to develop their ability to make effective business decisions and use those skills to move up professionally. The certificate offers non-credit baring coursework on the core elements of business (finance, accounting, marketing, and organizational behavior and leadership) and how they interact; the design and implementation of effective strategies; and how organizations successfully respond to todayís environment of constant change.

The program's focus on applied learning allows for students to start using their new abilities at work immediately. Graduates of the program will gain confidence in their decision making, feel empowered to take on more responsibility, will be able to think more strategically and cross-functionally, and will become more attractive candidates on the job market. They may also use what they learn as a foundation for an MBA in the future.

"Business Essentials" is offered through Butler Corporate and Executive Education at the College of Business. Whether students use the program as a foundation for more education or as career boost, they will gain valuable expertise they can use now and throughout their working lives.

"Leader as Coach" will give participants the tools to build confidence to lead through varying situations, whether he or she needs to create a culture to motivate an entire department, help people reach their full potential, optimize an underperforming employee, or influence their boss.

The "Leader as Coach" courses are taught by active executive coaches and MBA faculty who emphasize the practical applications of a variety of coaching models and strategies. Participants will practice what they learn using real world scenarios.

By the end of the program, participants will be able to identify when to apply coaching skills to build relationships and enhance performance, create their own coaching style, choose and use the most appropriate coaching model for different situations and personalities, and use positive feedback to approach tough conversations with confidence.

Coaching skills are highly valued in most professional fields, but particularly in organizations that encourage talent retention and development and those that have self-directed work groups, and a diverse and global workforce. Leaders with the ability to proactively work with employees to inspire confidence and trust stand out. People who are engaged and empowered to excel, create healthy and successful environments for teams and organizations.

About Butler University
Butler is a nationally recognized comprehensive university encompassing six colleges: Arts, Business, Communication, Education, Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Pharmacy and Health Sciences. Together, these colleges offer more than 60 undergraduate areas of study, eight pre-professional programs, and 19 graduate programs. Around 4,700 students are enrolled at Butler, representing 45 states and 49 countries. Ninety-five percent of Butler students will have participated in some form of internship, student teaching, clinical rotation, research, or service learning by the time they graduate. This community-centered immersion is coupled with classroom learning that nurtures critical thinking, effective communication, cooperative teamwork, and ethical decision making to prepare students for both professional success and to have lasting impact in their communities. Butlerís overall placement rate for the class of 2012 was 94 percent, including 19 percent who went on to graduate or professional school.

Source: Butler University

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