NSU developing more business, technology programs

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NATCHITOCHES –  Northwestern State University will offer three new post-baccalaureate programs targeted to meeting regional workforce needs.  NSU will offer a graduate certificate in writing for business, industry and technology; a post-baccalaureate certification in project management and a post baccalaureate certification in quality control.

The PBC in writing for business, industry and technology will train students who plan to work as writers in technological, scientific and commercial fields as well as those who regularly communicate technical information to non-experts such as clients, business partners and the general public.  The 18-hour credit certificate will be offered online through NSU’s Department of English, Foreign Languages and Cultural Studies and can be completed in one calendar year, according to Dr. Thomas Reynolds, writing program administrator.  Earned credit can also be applied to NSU’s Master of Arts in English in writing and linguistics.

“The certificate program focuses on writing as it occurs in professional settings,” Reynolds said.  “The need for strong writers in technological and scientific fields is growing as we continue to evolve into an information economy, particularly in our region with Shreveport/Bossier developing into a center of industry and e-business.”

According to Reynolds, employment growth will be driven by the continuing expansion of scientific and technical products and by growth in web-based product support.

“Job opportunities, especially for applicants with technical skills, are expected to be good,” he added.  “Our program is designed for those who currently work in positions where strong communication of technical information is essential and for writers who wish to develop the special skills necessary to move into technical writing positions.”

The post-baccalaureate certificates in project management and quality control focus on effective decision-making in technical, manufacturing, and service providing industries, according to Dr. Ali Ahmad, head of NSU’s Department of Engineering Technology.

“The programs will allow students with baccalaureate degree in any discipline to gain pertinent knowledge to apply project management or quality control techniques and principles to products, processes or services in industrial environment thereby enabling them work as a project manager or a quality supervisor,” Ahmad said.

Each certificate is an 18-hour program, which will be delivered online and face to face to fulfill workforce needs which have grown as Louisiana has attracted many technical, manufacturing and service providing industries over the past five years, he added.

“Courses for the certificate programs come from the College of Business and Technology,” Ahmad said.  “Together with the post-baccalaureate program in business analytics approved in December, we now offer a suite of focused, highly relevant certificates.”

“Northwestern State designed these offerings specifically for 21st century professionals,” said NSU President Dr. Jim Henderson.  “Lifelong learning is essential for advancement, but traditional graduate education is inaccessible to most working adults. These certificate programs will allow you to bring new value to your current employer or organization, or give you a competitive advantage in the job market.”

For information on the graduate certificate for in writing for business, industry and technology, contact Reynolds at reynoldst@nsula.edu.  For information on the post-baccalaureate certifications in project management and quality control, contact Ahmad at ahmada@nsula.edu.