EXCEL offers certificate program to area businesses

FOR RELEASE
2010-01-20
Huntington, Ind.—Huntington University’s EXCEL Adult Degree Programs is offering a Business Partnership Certificate program that allows area organizations to offer college-credit courses to their employees at a fixed cost.

“This program will be a great benefit to area businesses committed to equipping their workforces for maximum effectiveness,” said Dr. Rick Upchurch, director of EXCEL. “The certificate requirements can be customized to fit the needs specific to the business, and the program offers the high quality instruction that is a hallmark of Huntington University.”

Through the program, the business selects 12 credits hours from a list that includes accounting, Microsoft, mathematics, management, finance, marketing, human resource, and computer courses. Employees who earn a “C” or better in each course and complete the curriculum will receive a certificate.

Companies can customize the curriculum to meet their needs, and the courses can be taught either at the business or at one of EXCEL’s three locations in Huntington, Columbia City, or Wabash.

The cost to the business is equal to the tuition for seven students, each taking 12 credit hours. The business may enroll up to 18 students in the courses at no additional charge for a savings of up to $42,900. Businesses may pay the tuition in installments. The cost of books is not included in this program and needs to be paid by the business or the employees enrolled in the course.

Students may apply the credits they earn through this program toward an Associate of Science degree in Organizational Management offered by EXCEL.

For more information about the Business Partnership Certificate program, call (260) 359-4162 or (800) 600-4888.

EXCEL offers evening and online classes tailored to the schedule of working adults. Onsite classes are held one night per week, one subject at a time. Classes last five to eight weeks and lead to an associate degree in organizational management or Christian ministry or bachelor’s degrees in accounting, business administration, human resource management, not-for-profit leadership or nursing (Bachelor of Science in Nursing completion program).

EXCEL also offers the Gateway Program through which adults can take continuing education classes for personal enrichment or toward the completion of a college degree.

EXCEL classes are held in Huntington, Columbia City and Wabash and online.
 
 Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. U.S.News & World Report ranks Huntington among the best colleges in the Midwest. In 2008, Forbes.com listed the university as one of America’s Best Colleges. Additionally, Princeton Review named the institution to its “Best in the Midwest” 2009 list. Founded in 1897 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, Huntington University is located on a contemporary, lakeside campus in northeast Indiana. The University is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).
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