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Alternative credentials designed for your profession

Many professionals prove competency by obtaining alternative credentials, including professional certifications and licenses, or participating in educational certificate programs. USI offers courses to help you study for national certification tests as well as certificate programs that allow you to develop job skills you need today. We require no prerequisites, degrees or admission to the University, and most programs can be completed in one semester.

Early Career Human Resource Professionals
Project Managers
Beginning Supervisors/Managers
Supervisors/Managers
Problem Solvers and Collaborators
Maintenance Managers
Facility Managers 
Computer Users
Personal Finances
NIMS Certifications


Early Career Human Resource Professionals

SHRM Essentials of Human Resource Management
This is an introductory course in human resource management. Essentials of Human Resource Management will provide participants with broad overview of the human resource function. Key topic areas include: Essentials of HR Management, Employment Law in Your Workplace, Elective Recruiting and Selection Techniques, Basic Compensation, Orienting and Training Your Employees, and Ensuring Quality Performance. This class is officially sanctioned by the Society for Human Resource Management. Upon completion of this non credit course you will receive a Certificate from the Society for Human Resource Management.  

This is an excellent course for professionals who are:

  • Early in their HR careers
  • Manage HR professionals but do not know the field
  • Responsible for parts of HR in addition to other non-HR duties
  • Want to break in to the competitive and growing HR profession
  • Desire to update their current HR knowledge
  • Seek career advancement 

This class  includes a book, access to a website with additional resources, and a certificate of completion from USI and SHRM. Fee includes light breakfast and lunch. 

Certified HR professionals earn the following re-certification credits: SHRM: 14.75; HRCI: 12

Instructor: Pam Goedde, SPHR
Dates & Times: Tuesday and Wednesday, May 3 & 4, 8:30 a.m. -  4:30 p.m.
Location: Innovation Pointe, 318 Main Street, downtown Evansville, second floor lab. 
Registration fee: $525 - includes SHRM textbook, additional materials, and meals. 
Course Number: HRC500

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Project Managers                                    

USI Certificate of Project Management
This is a 36-hour USI Certificate program for professionals who want to learn best practice and cutting-edge methodology outline in the Project Management Book of Knowledge (PMBOK).The USI Certificate of Project Management is the starting point for those considering PMP Certification.  

Instructor: Dr. Stephanie Brown
Dates and Times: 12 Mondays, February 29 - May 16; 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Location: Innovation Pointe, 318 Main Street, Evansville
Registration fee: $1,188 
Course Number: PMI501-512

If you are not interested in taking the entire series, you may register for an individual session for $119 per session. 

PMI501: History and Overview of Project Management, February 29
PMI502: Project Management Framework, March 7
PMI503: Project Integration Management, March 14
PMI504: Project Scope Management, March 21
PMI505: Project Time Management, March 28
PMI506: Project Cost Management, April 4
PMI507: Project Quality Management, April 11
PMI508: Project Human Resource Management, April 18
PMI509: Project Communications Management, April 25
PMI510: Project Risk Management, May 2
PMI511: Project Procurement Management, May 9
PMI512: Project Stakeholder, May 16

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Beginning Supervisors/Managers

Leadership for the New Leader Certificate
For new or prospective leaders, this course is ideal for building the knowledge and skills needed to launch a successful management career. The following topics are explored: primary roles and responsibilities, resources and information needed, supervising former peers, developing action plans, resolving conflict, appropriate use of various communication methods, interpersonal relationships, providing feedback for performance improvement, leading teams, delegating tasks, training and monitoring employees, and more. Fee includes light breakfast and lunch. 

Instructors: Pam Goedde and Tammy Barnett
Dates and Times:  2 Thursdays, April 7 and 14; 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Location: Innovation Pointe, 318 Main Street, Evansville
Registration fee: $359
Course Number: CLE400

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Supervisors/Managers

Certificate in Leader Excellence
USI specializes in leadership assessment and development for those aspiring to become supervisors, first-time supervisors, and experienced supervisors and managers. Our leadership courses can be taken individually, or you can combine four core and two elective courses to earn the USI Certificate in Leader Excellence. Many of our courses are designed by Development Dimensions International (DDI), the world leader in leadership development training, while others are custom designed by professionals in our community. 

4 Core Courses (offered every spring and fall semester)

  • USI Management Skills Assessment
  • DDI Essentials of Leadership*
  • DDI Coaching for Peak Performance*
  • DDI Resolving Workplace Conflict*

2 Elective Courses (offered on a rotation basis)

  • USI Human Resources for Non-HR Managers
  • DDI Managing Performance Problems*
  • DDI Getting Started as a New Leader*
  • DDI Driving Change*
  • DDI Developing Others*
  • DDI Leading High Performance Teams*
  • DDI Making Effective Decision*
  • DDI Engaging and Retaining Talent*
  • USI Managing a Multi-Generational Workforce

* Course is approved for 3.0 HRCI re-certification credits

Management Skills Assessment (Core)
Using well-recognized and accepted assessment center methodology, assessors observe and evaluate participants during a series of work simulations where participants encounter challenges and tasks common to supervisory and management positions. The outcome is a comprehensive report outlining the participant's strengths, developmental needs, and training recommendations. The assessment is valuable for aspiring and current supervisors and managers from all industries. Fee includes light breakfast and lunch.  

Dates and Times:
MDC580A - January 29, Friday; 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
MDC580B - February 19, Friday; 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
MDC580C - March 18, Friday; 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
MDC580D - April 15, Friday; 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
MDC580E - May 27, Friday; 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Location: USI University Center East, Room 2229
Registration Fee: $399
Course Number: MDC580A - MDC580D

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DDI Essentials of Leadership (Core)
During this course, participants learn a set of essential skills to meet both practical business needs and people's personal needs. They acquire a set of proven interaction skills, discover seven leadership imperatives for meeting today's challengers, and realize their role as a catalyst leader - a leader who inspires others to act. Course is approved for 3.0 HRCI re-certification credits. 

Instructor: Tammy Barnett
Date and Time: Tuesday, March 1;  6 - 9 p.m.
Location: Innovation Pointe, 318 Main Street, Evansville
Registration Fee: $269
Course Number: CLE520

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DDI Resolving Workplace Conflict (Core)
Leaders will learn to recognize when a conflict is escalating and how to minimize damage by using the most appropriate resolution tactic, regardless of which stage a conflict is in. They will also learn the true cost of conflict to an organization and techniques for handling even the most challenging conflict-related discussions effectively. Course is approved for 3.0 HRCI re-certification credits. 

Instructor: Tammy Barnett
Date and Time: Tuesday, March 15; 6 - 9 p.m.
Location: Innovation Pointe, 318 Main Street, Evansville
Registration Fee: $269
Course Number: CLE522

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Human Resources for the Non-HR Manager (Elective)
Employees are often promoted in to management roles with little training in human resources, yet managing people is a primary responsibility on which their success depends. If managers do not understand employment laws and concepts such as ADAAA, FRA, implied contract, BFOQ, protected class, FLSA, or discrimination, they may be unintentionally placing  their employers at risk. In this course, managers will learn about federal and state employment laws as well as the importance of implementing effective HR practices from employee hiring through separation. Special emphasis will be given to the importance of maintaining a harassment-free, discrimination-free workplace.  

Instructor: Pam Goedde
Date and Time: Tuesday, March 29; 6 - 9 p.m.
Location: Innovation Pointe, 318 Main Street, Evansville
Registration Fee: $209
Course Number: CLE530

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DDI Coaching for Peak Performance (Core)
Individuals need to take responsibility for addressing unacceptable performance or work habits that impact others and the organization, but leaders must know how to help them do it. This course helps leaders conduct effective improvement discussions and provide the feedback and ongoing support people need to improve performance. Leaders also learn a proven coaching process to ensure they identify coaching opportunities, provide needed coaching and support, observe performance, and measure results until desired outcomes are achieved. They learn how coaching for success benefits individuals, strengthens work groups, and supports and organization's objectives and priorities. Course is approved for 3.0 HRCI re-certification credits. 

Instructor: Tammy Barnett
Date and Time: Tuesday, April 5; 6 - 9 p.m.
Location: Innovation Pointe, 318 Main Street, Evansville
Registration: $269
Course Number: CLE550

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Engaging and Retaining Talent (Elective)
Research tells us that employee engagement is an enabler behind successful execution of business strategy. It is up to the employee's leader to determine what drives an employee's engagement and to develop a strategy to provide such opportunities. When a leader develops these skills, talented employees are satisfied and retained. Leaders will learn to engage individuals daily, uncover and address what individuals need to be satisfied and engaged, inspire higher levels of engagement by acknowledging the value they bring to the organization and showing them they matter, and increasing the quality of conversations with people about their engagement and intent to stay. Course is approved for 3.0 HRCI re-certification credits. 

Instructor: Pam Goedde
Date and Time: Tuesday, April 12; 6 - 9 p.m.
Location: Innovation Pointe, 318 Main Street, Evansville
Registration:
 $269
Course Number: CLE553

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Driving Change (Elective)
This course helps leaders implement change in the workplace so they can avoid the problems that plague 70% of failed change initiatives. Driving Change provides the skills and resources leaders need to accelerate the process of implementing change with their team members and to create an agile work environment where people are more open to change. Leaders will learn how to use three change accelerators to turn resistance into commitment and inspire team members to take ownership of change. Course is approved for 3.0 HRCI re-certification credits. 

Instructor: Tammy Barnett
Date and Time: Tuesday, April 19; 6 - 9 p.m.
Location: Innovation Pointe, 318 Main Street, Evansville
Registration:
 $269
Course Number: CLE551

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Making Effective Decisions (Elective)
Sounds decision making in today's tough business environment demands much  more than just coming up with or picking the best option. It requires analyzing potential problems or opportunities and making judgments based on the analysis. Participants will learn a decision-making process that begins with analysis, includes engaging the right people at the right time, and drives home the need for gaining support from other leaders and employees. Course is approved for 3.0 HRCI re-certification credits. 

Instructor: Tammy Barnett
Date and Time: Tuesday, April 26; 6 - 9 p.m.
Location: Innovation Pointe, 318 Main Street, Evansville
Registration: $269
Course Number: CLE552

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Problem Solvers and Collaborators

Certificate in Meeting Facilitation 
Participants will be introduced to the purpose of facilitation, the role of the facilitation, and the process skills and tools used by the facilitator to ensure that goals of the meeting are met and productive outcomes are achieved. Instructors will lead and demonstrate setting ground rules with groups, facilitating brainstorming sessions, and leading a S.W.O.T. analysis. Participants will learn how to handle diversity within the group and issues that can arise during the course of facilitation. Fee includes light breakfast. 

Instructors: Tammy Barnett and Pam Goedde
Dates and Times: 4 Fridays, April 22 and 29, May 6 and 13; 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Location: Innovation Pointe, 318 Main Street, Evansville
Registration:
 $279
Course Number: BUS630

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Six Sigma Green Belt Certificate
Knowing how well your processes deliver the products or services your customers need is at the heart of Six Sigma. Evaluating when Six Sigma is the right toolkit and where other improvement methodologies like PDCA, Lean, 4DX or Work-Out might work better is critical to efficiency. Likewise, recognizing how to gain multi-generational acceptance is crucial for effective teams. Each module includes hands-on application based learning. Participants will be confident practitioners of the full Six Sigma DMAIC Green Belt toolkit along with understanding the key distinctions for managing Multi-Generational Teams.A Green Belt Training Certificate is granted to those participants that attend all 5 days of training and pass the Green Belt exam. This course preps you for certification, which requires a Green Belt Certificate and successfully completing a Green Belt project. 

Instructor: Mary Romeo, Certified Six Sigma Master Black Belt
Dates and Times: TBD
Location: USI, University Center East, Rooms 2217 - 2218
Registration: $2,000 per participant; includes workbook, materials, Memory Jogger and soft copy of presentations. Meals provided during training times. 
Course Number: BUS600

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Maintenance Managers

Certificate in Maintenance Management
The Certificate in Maintenance Management, designed by a team of maintenance practitioners, is comprised of five sessions: moving from reactive to proactive maintenance, maintenance planning and scheduling process, preventative maintenance, inventory management and asset management. This certificate is appropriate for maintenance managers, supervisors, lead employees, and engineers. Fee includes dinner. 

Instructor: Wayne Washington & Byron Sanders
Dates and Time:
 Tuesdays, March 8, 15, 22, 29 and April 5; 5 - 9 p.m.
Location: Innovation Pointe, 318 Main Street, downtown Evansville
Registration: $359
Course Number: MMC520

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Facility Managers

Certificate in Facility Management
As companies strive for the most efficient use of staff, business professionals are often now wearing multiple hats, many of which they have never worn before. Professionals who suddenly have responsibilities for managing facilities have much to learn to prepare for such a role. This course is designed to give business professionals the basic information and skills needed to manage facilities, a role which could include the following tasks: organizing and administering a department, managing buildings and work spaces, managing a budget, overseeing maintenance and operations, overseeing projects, leasing and purchasing property, facility emergency preparedness, facility security management, facility safety programs,and sustainability. Fee includes dinner. 

Instructor: Byron Sanders 
Dates and Times: 5 Thursdays, April 7, 14, 21,  and 28 - May 5; 5:00 - 9:00 p.m. 
Location: Innovation Pointe, 318 Main Street,Evansville
Registration:
 $359
Course Number: BUS550

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Computer Users

Microsoft Excel 2013 Certification Prep Level I (Specialist)
The Microsoft Excel 2013 Certification Prep Level I course is designed to prepare the participant to sit for the Microsoft Excel 2013 Specialist exam (77-420 Specialist). The exam tests for the following skills: create and manage worksheets and workbooks; create cells and ranges; create tables; apply formulas and functions; and create charts and objects. A core-level candidate for the exam should have a fundamental understanding of the Excel environment and the ability to complete tasks independently. They should be able to demonstrate the correct application of the principal features of Excel 2013. The candidate should be able to create and edit a workbook with multiple sheets for a variety of purposes and situations. Examples include professional-looking budgets, team performance charts, sales invoices, and exercise logs. Candidate roles might include students, clerical workers, bookkeepers, instructors, and others. 

Instructor: Mark Soper
Dates and Times: 3 Thursdays, March 3, 10 and 17; 6 - 9 p.m. 
Location: USI University Center East, Room 2229
Registration: $269 includes 2013 Study Guide for Microsoft Excel
Course Number: CIS501

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Internet Navigation Level
I
Participants will learn the history and terminology of the Internet. They will be exposed to several different browsers and perform numerous searches. 

Instructor: Mark Soper
Date and Time: Wednesday, March 16; 6 - 9 p.m.
Location: USI University Center East Room 2229
Registration: $59
Course Number: 
CIS113

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Microsoft Word for Beginners Level  I
During these two sessions, participants will learn to create, open, modify, save and print documents. Participants will become familiar with Word's functionality via the quick access toolbar and ribbon. 

Instructor: Mark Soper
Dates and Times: 2 Wednesdays, March 23 and 30; 6 - 9 p.m.
Location: USI University Center East, Room 2229
Registration:
 $109
Course Number: CIS120

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Microsoft Word Business Applications Level II
During these two sessions, participants will learn to adjust default settings, use bullets and numbering, find/replace text and other editing tools, create tables, insert images and shapes, and create templates. Keyboard shortcuts will be introduced as well. 

Instructor: Mark Soper
Dates and Times: 2 Wednesdays, April 6 and 13; 6 - 9 p.m. 
Location: USI University Center East, Room 2229
Registration:
 $129
Course Number: CIS221

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Microsoft Excel Level I
Two sessions will be dedicated to understanding spreadsheets, their purpose, their functionality, and the following tasks: creating a spreadsheet, entering data, modifying data, entering a formula, adjusting cells, formatting cells and spreadsheet, creating a table, and printing and saving spreadsheets.

Instructor: Mark Soper
Dates and Times: 2 Wednesdays, April 20 and 27; 6 - 9 p.m. 
Location: USI University Center East, Room 2229
Registration:
 $109
Course Number: CIS130

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Microsoft Excel Level II
Two sessions will be dedicated to learning the following Excel tasks: protecting spreadsheets, inserting formulas/functions, creating charts and using them in Word, formatting charts, adding comments, naming a range, finding/replacing data, sorting and filtering data, and inserting images, shapes, and SmartArt. 

Instructor: Mark Soper
Dates and Times: 2 Wednesdays, May 4 and 11; 
6 - 9 p.m. 
Location: USI University Center East, Room 2229
Registration: $129
Course Number: CIS231

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Microsoft Excel Level III
Two sessions will be dedicated to the experienced Excel user to learn advanced features such as dbase functions, advanced filter options, and macros. 

Instructor: Mark Soper
Dates and Times: 2 Wednesdays, May 18 and 25; 6 - 9 p.m. 
Location: USI University Center East, room 2229
Registration:
 $139
Course Number: CIS331

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Personal Finances

Family Farm Transfer & Estate Planning
This non-credit course provides guidance on the planning process associated with transferring the assets of a family farm operation. Participants will learn how to use the goals and minimize taxes on the transfer of the farm operation and farmland. Course material is included and will focus on establishing individual, family, business, and retirement goals. 

Date and Time: Tuesday, February 16, 6-9 p.m.
Location: USI, University Center East, Room 2207
Registration: $99 for individual or for two registering together and sharing materials. 
Course Number: BUS651
 

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Small Business Transfer & Estate Planning 
This non-credit course provides guidance on the planning process associated with transferring the assets of a small business. Estate planning allows you to make gifts, ensure business continuity, and avoid taxes. Your plan of action will depend upon whether you want to transfer control of your business interest before or after death and whether you are transferring a functional business to a successor or liquidating your interest and giving the proceeds to beneficiaries. The course material is included and will focus on establishing individual, family business, and retirement goals. 

Date and Time: Thursday, February 25, 6-9 p.m.
Location: USI, University Center East, Room 2217-2218
Registration: $99 for an individual or for two registering together and sharing materials.
Course Number:
BUS661 

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Protecting Wealth
 
As you build wealth, it's important to have a plan in place to protect what you have saved. Your plan should include the following: emergency fund, insurance, estate planning and beneficiaries. 

Date and Time:  Thursday, March 24, 6-9 p.m.
Location: USI, University Center East, Room 2217-2218
Registration: $99 for an individual or for two registering together and sharing materials. 
Course Number: BUS671
 

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NIMS Certifications

NIMS Machining Level I Certification 
The University of Southern Indiana, in collaboration with the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) is now accepting enrollment for our 2016 NIMS Machining Level I Certification Course. This 21-week program January  through June, 2016. Hands-on training coupled with online simulations taught by industry experts and credentialed faculty assures participants the opportunity to earn these 11 industry-recognized credentials: measurement, materials and safety, drill press skills I, job planning, bench-work and layout, CNC turning-programming setup & operations, manual milling skills I, CNC milling-programming setup & operations, CNC turning operations, turning operations-turning between centers, CNC milling-operations, turning operations-turning chucking skills and grinding skills I.

Dates: Fall 2016
Time: 7:30 - 9:30 a.m.
Location: USI, Applied Engineering Center
Registration Fee: $4,500 includes all NIMS certification fees & materials
Course Number: NIMS500-C

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