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Marylhurst Launches Professional Development Center

New Continuing Education Options Offered Starting This Summer

The Marylhurst University School of Business has created a Professional Development Center to provide continuing education for working adults. Beginning this summer, the center will offer seminars on practical topics to help professionals employed in a range of fields succeed and advance in their careers.

The center will be led by Vincent Fritzsche, who comes to Marylhurst with a 20-year background in higher education and publishing. In addition to offering courses that are open for public enrollment, the Professional Development Center also will work directly onsite at organizations throughout the Pacific Northwest on employee training and learning needs.

"Marylhurst is a leader in this region in business education, with several undergraduate and graduate degree programs in business," said Fritzsche. "We realize, though, that many people don't need another degree – instead, they need a short, deep dive into a practical topic that will help them immediately on the job. We've really geared these new professional development classes toward that large group of adults."

Those taking the noncredit courses offered through the Professional Development Center can earn Continuing Education Units, which are useful for qualifying for and renewing professional certifications of all kinds. The courses are open to all, but intended for people not otherwise looking to earn a degree.

"We will offer nonacademic courses in how to manage and lead people in the workplace, manage projects, read financial statements and other skills companies are frequently seeking in their employees," said Mary Bradbury Jones, School of Business dean. "I'm pleased we now have a Professional Development Center that can bring these types of learning opportunities to employers and employees in our region."

The first series of one- and two-day seminars is an example of the breadth of education the Professional Development Center will offer. Courses focus on managing people, overseeing projects and processes, and managing business and having more of a "business mind."

The June seminar schedule:

Improving Workplace Communication, using DiSC
June 4

Applying Project Management in the Workplace
June 6 and 13

Be a Great Boss: Goal Setting, Coaching and Performance Reviews June 18 and 25

All sessions run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on the Marylhurst campus. More class information and registration is available at under "Courses." Course fees include materials and parking on campus.

More sessions are planned for July and beyond.

About Marylhurst University

Marylhurst University, a private liberal arts university 10 miles south of Portland, Ore., on Highway 43, is regionally accredited and nationally recognized for innovation and academic excellence in serving adult learners. Founded in 1893, Oregon's oldest Catholic university serves more than 1,600 multigenerational students of all faiths and backgrounds. Marylhurst offers more than 50 undergraduate and graduate degrees and professional certificate programs on campus and online, all of which integrate the liberal arts with professional studies and prepare graduates to be ethical leaders who think critically and creatively.

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