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Gain Skills for a Changing World Through GCU’s Center for Professional Studies: Register for Courses Today

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Even before COVID-19, it was clear the “workplace of the future” requires new skill sets. That is why in January 2020, Georgian Court University opened its Center for Professional Studies (CPS). Now more than ever, CPS courses can help people quickly and economically enter new fields or acquire additional skills and certifications for their current job. Registration is now open for spring courses, which will be offered virtually.

“Individuals and businesses are trying to find ways to navigate through the pandemic and be prepared for when it ends,” said Ryan Sulzbach, executive director of CPS. For example, even with COVID-19 vaccines available and treatments in development, he said, it appears the remote workplace could be here to stay. According to one survey, 82% of business leaders plan to have a partial work-from-home structure after the pandemic.

“This ‘new normal’ changes the way people network and interview for jobs and are managed once they are hired,” he said. “CPS has courses designed to prepare individual job seekers and employees, as well as management and human resources specialists.”

In addition to business-related courses, CPS has dozens of professional development offerings in communication, education, health care, human resources, social work, technology, and web and graphic design. They range in time commitment from several hours to several weeks and are taught by subject matter experts who take a personal approach to teaching, including some Georgian Court University faculty. While courses are noncredit, some prepare students to sit for a certification exam, such as in pharmacy technology, phlebotomy, and medical billing and coding. Students can also prepare for Project Management Professional (PMP)® and Society for Human Resource Management certifications through CPS instruction.

The Georgian Court Difference and Custom Skills Training

Consumers have many options for continued learning, but Georgian Court University’s CPS differentiates itself from many learning courses.

“Our course offerings are based on conversations we have with local businesses and institutions to make sure the training we provide meets specific community needs,” said Mr. Sulzbach.

CPS also develops custom training programs for employers who want to introduce new skills to the entire workforce or smaller groups of employees. Once training goals are set, CPS finds just the right instructor and method of delivery to make the courses relevant to the specific business.

Another benefit of CPS courses—they’re a wallet-friendly way for people who have been out of the classroom for several years or who aren’t sure a certain field is right for them to gain knowledge or learn new skills in a college setting.

Interested? Enroll now at georgian.edu/CPS because class size is limited. If you have questions or would like additional information, call 732-987-2255 or e-mail Mr. Sulzbach at ude.naigroeg@hcabzlusr.

Please note: A variety of performances, concerts, and lectures will be open to the public through Georgian Court University’s Office of Conferences and Special Events. For more information on these offerings, please e-mail ude.naigroeg@stnevelaiceps.

Contributed by Sheila Noonan.

About Georgian Court University

Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is Central and South Jersey’s only Catholic university. GCU is a comprehensive, coeducational university with a strong liberal arts core and a historic special concern for women. As a forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, GCU is known for expanding possibility for more than 2,400 students of all faiths and backgrounds in 35+ undergraduate majors and 10+ graduate programs. The GCU Lions compete in 14 NCAA Division II sports in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC). In 2019, GCU was named a Best College for Your Money by Money Magazine and a Best Bang for the Buck (Northeast) by Washington Monthly. GCU rose more than 30 points in the 2019 U.S. News & World Report rankings due, in part, to high student retention and graduation rates, which also made GCU a Top Performer on Social Mobility. The main campus is located in Lakewood, New Jersey, on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court, which is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, also serves students at other locations, such as GCU at Hazlet, GCU at Rowan College of South Jersey–Cumberland Campus, and through multiple online certificate and degree programs.

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