Continuing Education offers fall courses for working professionals

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DALLAS, Pa. – Working professionals are able to develop their professional skills through courses offered by Penn State Wilkes-Barre Continuing Education. The classes and training have been specifically chosen and designed in response to local industry requirements.

“At Penn State Wilkes-Barre Continuing Education, our priority is to align our workforce development training programs to meet local business and industry and individual needs,” said Director of Continuing Education Jane Ashton. “We encourage employees and employers alike to review our list of courses to see how it could benefit their skills and training. Additionally, all our programs can be customized to meet the specific needs of companies and delivered on-site at times convenient for their workforce.”

Credentials such as Penn State Wilkes-Barre’s Supervision Essentials Certificate and Project Management Certificate are of particular interest to employers in northeastern Pennsylvania. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry’s list of high-priority occupations for Luzerne and Schuylkill counties, there is a demand for managers and supervisors in many areas of industries and businesses, including industrial production, food services, construction, retail sales, office and administrative support, installation and repairs, warehousing and transportation.

The programs offered by Continuing Education also align with the top common skills in demand according to Lightcast, which collects industry and occupation data from government sources. Those skills are management, leadership, organization, multitasking, coordinating and problem solving.

Those who have taken courses through Continuing Education in the past said the instructors were knowledgeable and the classes benefitted their professional skills.

“I had never been introduced to CAD before and can say now after this class that I feel confident in using the material learned and will start using it immediately. Manal Abdullal is the perfect teacher for this class and is very kind and patient,” said Paul Stilwell, who completed an AutoCAD course.

Denise Truesdale, who earned a certificate in project management, said, “Jude Fitz is an outstanding teacher who engages student interaction while providing life lessons and real-world practical experience. The course content is applicable in professional and personal settings.”

Upcoming courses offered by Continuing Education include:

Credit Certificates/Graduate Credit Courses

ESL Specialist Certificate, online, begins Oct. 7    


Non-Credit Certificates

Logistics and Operations Management, online, begins Oct. 18     

Workforce and Career Development, online, begins Oct. 19         

Integrated Digital Marketing, online, begins Oct. 20         


Professional Certification Preparation

APICS CPIM Certification Review, online, begins Sept. 29

PMP Exam Prep, online, begins Oct. 4


Professional/Workforce Development

Supervision Essentials: Roles and Responsibilities, online, begins Sept. 28

SolidWorks Essentials, Penn State Wilkes-Barre, begins Oct. 1

Cultural Diversity in the Workplace, online, begins Oct. 4

AutoCAD level 2, online, begins Oct. 4

Basic Grant Writing, online, begins Oct. 6

Supervision Essentials: Managing Employee Performance, online, begins Oct. 26

AutoCAD level 1, online, begins Nov. 8

Business Etiquette in the Workplace, online, begins Nov. 15.       


For more details on the courses and to register, visit Continuing Education’s calendar and registration page.