University of South Carolina

Continuing-ed programs sharpen skills

The University of South Carolina’s Office of Continuing Education and Conferences is expanding its programs to offer local residents the opportunity to advance their careers with affordable, applicable professional education and training options.

Programs range from one-day skill development courses to comprehensive certificate programs that allow participants to explore new and emerging professions or to enhance skills in their current employment field.

Featured programs include training for new and emerging green jobs, certificate programs in the legal and technology fields, and skill development training courses in business and communication, including Web development and design.

“The current offerings are designed to immediately impact employees and their organizations, and make career changers more marketable in the current economic environment,” Eric McGee, director of continuing and professional education, said. Training advisors are available to help individuals identify which programs may be right for them.

Moreover, McGee said, some offerings have been approved for workforce development (WIA) funding, including several of the Emerging and Sustainable Technology programs and the Paralegal Certificate program. “The financial aid option, along with several others, including continuing education student loans, make choosing one of the USC Professional Education Programs accessible and affordable for all,” he said.

Headlining the program expansion are the Emerging and Sustainable Technology (EST) training programs. Programs are available for all experience and skill levels, including those seeking entry into the Green building movement. Programs will include building design and construction opportunities with US Green Building Council LEED accreditation preparation and credentialing maintenance training programs. EST participants also will be able to earn a nationally recognized certificate in just one week with the BPI Energy Auditor and Analyst certificate program boot camp. A free Green Economy workshop is scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 14, to discuss opportunities in this industry.

Other topics:

Business and Communication Skills
Participants will learn how to deliver effective, professional messages in classes such as Professional Presentation Skills and Developing a High Impact Presence; and gain valuable leadership techniques in courses such as Conflict Resolution, Emotional Intelligence and Effective Time Management.

Web Design
Program offers participants a variety of options ranging from individual skill development courses providing the fundamentals of starting and managing a Website, to a comprehensive collection of hands-on training, culminating in a capstone portfolio project and a USC web design professional certificate.

Paralegal Certificate Program
This course prepares participants for successful careers in one of the fastest growing professions in the United States. The six-month, six module program taught by skilled attorneys and members of the State Bar of South Carolina, will one participants' talents in areas ranging from legal research and analysis to locating and interviewing witnesses.

Although most programs do not have minimum requirements, some do require a bachelor’s degree or other prerequisites for enrollment. Financial aid and student loans are also available to those who qualify. For detailed information on requirements and tuition and fees and current and upcoming programs, visit or call 803-777-9444.

By Office of Media Relations

Posted: 04/13/10 @ 12:00 AM | Updated: 04/13/10 @ 12:43 PM | Permalink