New Career Studies Certificate at Thomas Nelson to Prepare Employees to Work in Training Field

Published: December 4, 2006

Thomas Nelson Community College expanded offerings in its Business and Public Services Division includes a new Training Specialist Career Studies Certificate Program. The new certificate program, which was proposed by Sandra Robertson, Associate Professor of Business, will be offered in the spring semester. Classes for the spring semester begin January 6, 2007.

The new program will satisfy the need of local businesses for qualified staff to develop training programs for their employees. It targets individuals with backgrounds in human resources and/or those who currently work in the field and are seeking to further their education or those individuals who are in training development within an organization.

“This certificate program will be helpful to individual students or company employees who are interested in getting a training position within an organization. The certificate is designed to give individuals the skills they need to do a thorough evaluation of what is needed to train a company’s employees including evaluating organization-wide training needs, coordinating training to meet the tncc.targeted needs, researching, performing an array of tasks related to course development and implementation and, much more,” said Robertson. “Companies are losing money because they do not have trained specialists with the skills to motivate employees to learn how to use new equipment or spark employees’ interests in learning how that new equipment will better meet the needs of its customers.”

Robertson explained that human resources managers have increasingly indicated the need for qualified training specialists. In the human resources field, training and development specialists accounted for roughly 209,000 of the field’s 670,000 jobs nationwide four years ago based on the latest U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics. The bureau indicated that employment of human resources, training, and labor relations managers and specialists is expected to grow more rapidly than the average for all occupations over the next six years, the professor added.

For more information about the new Training Specialist Career Studies Certificate Program, please contact Professor Robertson at 825-3678.

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