Professional Development

Thu
12
Jun

Summer School of Addiction Studies Focuses on Special Populations

Image of Summer School of Addiction Studies Focuses on Special Populations cover

NEW BRUNSWICK, NEW JERSEY, July 7 – Beginning July 7, 2014, more than two-hundred professionals with careers focusing on the prevention and treatment of addiction will gather at Rutgers University for the 72nd Summer School of Addiction Studies, run by the Rutgers Center of Alcohol Studies. The historic Summer School continues to provide intensive continuing education in cutting-edge topics and serve as a hub for networking and field-changing collaborations, bringing together professionals and instructors from around the world for a week of review in best practices and future directions of the field.

Tue
01
Apr

New Rutgers Certificate Program Helps Public and Nonprofit Managers Sharpen Communication Skills

Image of a town hall door sign

Public and nonprofit leaders and managers can learn skills and strategies for communicating effectively with their constituents in a new Leadership Certificate series offered by the Rutgers Center for Executive Leadership in Government (CELG) starting in May.

“Public Communications for Public and Nonprofit Managers” is a four-part “boot camp” offered from 1:30 to 4 p.m. on May 29 and June 5, 12 and 19. All sessions will be held at CELG’s classrooms at 303 George St.

Four topics critical to effective public communications will be covered:

Mon
10
Feb

Rutgers’ Mini-MPA™ Prepares Public and Nonprofit Managers For Leadership Roles; New Sessions Begin April 4

New Jersey Statehouse

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – Public and nonprofit managers interested in preparing for leadership roles and enhancing their management skills can now register for the spring session of Rutgers’ popular Mini-Master in Public Administration™  program, which begins April 4.

The 30-hour program is conveniently structured for working professionals with classes on five Fridays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., April 4, 11, 25 and May 2 and 9.  Participants must complete the entire program to earn the Mini-MPA™ certificate.

Thu
05
Dec

How to Lay a Concrete Paver Patio or Walkway: A Lifetime of Expert Tips & Shortcuts Shared in 2 Short Days

Tile image Students adding mortar to decorative paver wall

So you just installed a paver patio.  Stand back and admire your work.  It probably looks pretty decent right now.

But wait a few months. Or a year.  Let one good winter pass.  Now how does it look?

What Can Go Wrong When You Don’t Know What You’re Doing

“A lot of pavers look good when they first go in,” said Alex Burke, instructor in Rutgers’ Concrete Pavers class.  But when an installer doesn’t really know what he is doing, the ill effects will show within a year.  

“After you’ve gone through the winter and had time for settling, that’s when you start to see problems,” explained Burke.  “It might be frost heaving, settling or problems caused by difficult site conditions, like clay soil.”

Wed
06
Nov

Learn about Rutgers-Camden Executive MPA Program, Now Offered in West Windsor

Earn Your Rutgers EMPA

Nov. 14 Open House at Mercer County Community College

WEST WINDSOR – Experienced public managers interested in obtaining a graduate degree to advance their leadership skills and enhance their potential in the public sector are invited to meet with representatives of the Rutgers-Camden Executive Master’s in Public Administration (EMPA) program at an open house from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Thursday, November 14.

The community open house will take place in The Conference Center at Mercer on the Mercer County Community College campus, where the EMPA program will offer classes beginning with the next cohort of admitted students in January 2014. The deadline for applications is December 14.

Designed for working professionals, the Rutgers-Camden EMPA program is taught in hybrid format with both classroom-based and online instruction. All face-to-face classes will meet on Saturday mornings on the West Windsor campus.

Dr. Angie McGuire, EMPA program director will be present to answer questions.

Mon
09
Sep

Functional Wetland Design: Why It Matters and 7 Tips for Wetland Construction Success

Photo of Rutgers wetland students learning out in the field.

The Wonders of Wetlands

Wetlands are essential components of our natural environment.  Providing shoreline protection, nursery for multiple freshwater and saltwater fishes, critical habitat for countless species of wildlife, storm water storage, nutrient filtration, sediment retention, niches that harbor unique species, shoreline protection and many other more subtle yet essential natural functions.  Legions of biologists, ecologists, and other scientists have studied and cataloged these diverse systems for decades.  

As the need to stem losses of these resources became more acute during the 1970’s and 1980’s, scientists endeavored to find ways in which degraded systems could be restored and new wetlands might be created.  These efforts led to some successful projects... and many not so successful projects. A few experts began to recognize that the failed sites typically had not adequately addressed replacement of hydrologic functions.

Tue
30
Jul

Get the Best of a 4-Year Food Science Degree in Just 5 Days at Rutgers This August

An instructor teaches students about food products in the Introduction to Food Science five-day short course at Rutgers.

Kimberly Smith had been working for only two weeks as a process engineer when she found herself struggling with an entirely new language – the lingo of food chemistry and microbiology.

“It was like a foreign language,” said Smith, who helps manufacture soups and other foods at Campbell’s Soup.

Last summer, she radically improved her fluency with an intensive five-day Introduction to Food Science class, offered by the Office of Continuing Professional Education (OCPE) at Rutgers University.

“The course helped me understand the basic language of food product development,” she said.  Now she can better talk the multi-disciplinary talk that all good food scientists must master.

Wed
03
Jul

OCPE Receives $1 Million Grant to Train Employees in one of NJ’s Fastest Growing Industries – Health Care

Photo of the Rutgers Office of Continuing Professional Education Sign

NJ Department of Labor award will train incumbent workers of health care organizations

Several New Jersey health care facilities are getting a boost: their current front-line employees are receiving training to upgrade their skills from the Rutgers Office of Continuing Professional Education (OCPE) thanks to a $1 million grant awarded to OCPE by the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (DOL). The goal: help individual workers feel more valued and be more productive; save organizations time and money while making them more competitive; and retain highly skilled, high wage positions in the state.

Fri
28
Jun

Happy Endings for NJ's Unemployed: Grant-Funded Training Courses Provide Practical Skills & New Opportunities

Photo shows students in the Rutgers Professional Golf Turf Management School's Three-Week Preparatory Short Course learn about good golf course design in the field from legendary architect, Stephen Kay, at the Rutgers University Golf Course.

The first part of Sergio Sosa’s story is far too familiar: the Union City resident was inches away from earning his Master’s degree in Biology from Rutgers, and was transitioning from full-time student to full-time assistant-in-training at a golf course. Just when he thought everything was falling into place, Sosa was laid off from his job in late 2012.

Yet by March 2013, Sosa (with degree in hand) was gainfully employed as Assistant Superintendent at two popular New York City-owned golf courses.

Sosa credits the Rutgers Office of Continuing Professional Education (OCPE) and a grant from the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (DOL) for helping him get there.

Tue
25
Jun

PSM Entrepreneur Bootcamp

PSM Bootcamp grads

The Rutgers Professional Science Master’s Program, in collaboration with the New Jersey Technology Council, co-sponsored the Entrepreneur Bootcamp on April 23, 2013 at the Busch Campus Student Center.  The intensive day long conference is a "must attend" program for early stage entrepreneurs, individuals seeking to start a technology company, pharmaceutical and IT professionals contemplating a transition. Current PSM students and alumni participated in the program.

Pages