New programs bring new opportunities. As we flip the calendar to another new year, we are excited to continue to bring relevant and innovative programs to our community. These courses are positioned to fuel education of developing job markets and further the expertise of career-minded individuals. This year alone we will unveil nearly 40 new programs. Below are some of the highlighted offerings:
Corporate Financial Planning & Analysis
Today, corporate finance professionals are increasingly being called upon to play a critical role in their organization’s decision-making process and long-term growth. As the amount of data available keeps growing, the ability to connect meaningful financial data to business growth and present it to all stakeholders becomes even more important. As a result, individuals who are able to transform data into actionable knowledge are in high demand. This program will help you learn the best practices for analyzing trends, building forecasts and creating financial models. It will also prepare you for the Association of Financial Professionals’ (AFP) new certified Corporate Financial Planning & Analysis Professional (FP&A) credential exam.
Construction Project Management
The Construction Project Management Certificate program is designed for individuals desiring to break into this rapidly growing field and industry experienced professionals who want to enhance their resumes and advance their careers. It combines the prestige of Southern Polytechnic State University’s construction management program with KSU’s award-winning College of Continuing and Professional Education. Comprised of 10 courses, the program’s expert instruction team consists of Ph.D. and master’s-level professors with decades of experience who are actively involved in the continued growth and advancement of the industry.
Artisan Bread Making
Imagine working with your hands every day in pursuit of the perfect loaf. If you love the smell of hot bread and desire the ability to bake fresh, tasty, and healthy bread in your own kitchen, this class is for you. Whether you’re a pastry chef looking to perfect your skills, or a novice looking to open your own bakery, this class will not only be educational but deliciously rewarding. Today, artisanal bread is emerging as one of the leading trends in the food world, creating a wide range of opportunities for individuals seeking to master this complex art.
This course provides aspiring cake artists looking to create a cake for a birthday party, anniversary, graduation, or other special occasion the skills necessary for success. These skills can also be used to build a new business. It doesn’t matter if you’re new to cake decorating or experienced, this class is designed to teach you how to decorate like a pro. Imagine the response you will receive when you present your professional-styled cake at the next family celebration.
Baking and Pastry Apprenticeship
Complementary to our Culinary Apprenticeship program, this unique combination of classroom and real-life experience will prepare you to build a strong foundation in the art and science of baking and pastry. You will develop an understanding of the ingredients and techniques used to create artisan breads, specialty cakes, pastries, cookies, pies, and other desserts. Hands-on training at apprenticeship sites will allow you to hone and increase your skills. If you’re interested in baking and pastry and becoming a professional baker, this program will prepare you for it.
Customer Service Specialist
With employment of customer service representatives projected to grow 13% by 2022 (Bureau of Labor Statistics), honing your skills in this certificate training program will benefit you in a wide range of positions. The increase of technology has resulted in human interaction with customers becoming critical. Whether it relates to retaining customers, serving your audience, or converting inquiries from potential customers into sales, superior customer service is vital in organizational success. In this course, you will learn to enhance your listening and communication skills, improve productivity for organizational success and encourage customer loyalty.
Residential Landscape Design
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of landscape architects is expected to grow by 14% through 2022. This program will introduce the theory and concepts of successful landscape design for residential properties while teaching you the critical aspects of design necessary to prepare a basic residential landscape plan. Instructed by John Barry, who has completed more than 18,000 design plans since launching his own career as a landscape architect in 1977, the class also includes a field trip to a commercial nursery.
By participating in an upcoming online webinar information session.
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