University of Southern Indiana

Business and Professional Programs

Professional Development - Knowledge for Life
Are you ready to change jobs?  Are you thinking about changing companies?  How can you make yourself more valuable and marketable in the workplace?  Whether you need to develop skills to advance in your current role or want to move to another position, USI is here to guide and support you  in taking the next step.  We offer noncredit courses for a variety of professionals including supervisors and managers in all industries, as well as accountants, human resource professionals, engineers, project managers, maintenance managers, and more.

Faciliators and Instructors
Adult learners require more than just a presenter.  They demand professionals with experience.  Our team of facilitators and instructors are not only leaders in their fields, they are managers who share their experiences and provide coaching to class participants.  Our team members hold appropriate national certfications and are lifelong learners themselves, prepared to bring the most current information to the classroom

Networking and Interaction
Classes are structured to allow for small group interaction and professional networking. The networking is particularly valuable to those in certification exam prep courses.

USI alumni receive a 10% discount on most courses, except when noted otherwise. Some courses carry discounts for group of registrants as stated in course descriptions.

Continuing Education Credits
USI is an approved provider of continuing education hours for a number of professions and can offer Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for all programs.  Check with your professional organization for more information.


USI Outreach and Engagement is pleased to announce its partnership with the Project Management Institute Southwest Indiana Chapter (PMISWIC).  The goal of the partnership is to increase opportunities for certification and professional development in the increasingly important field of project management.

Once considered almost entirely an IT function, project management is now recognized as a vital skill and function in business and organizational sectors including finance, health care, banking, construction, and more.  The USI/PMISWIC partnership offers prep courses for the exams for the Project Management Professional (PMP), the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) and the PMI Agile Certified Practitioner designations, with more planned in the future.

In addition to these certification prep courses, we are introducing a series of programs for business leaders and decision makers, as well as the "boots on the ground" professional.  In October we will host a professional development conference for project managers with presentations appropriate for all levels of expertise.  Professional Development Units (PDUs) will be available.

Research has shown that military veterans are often very well suited for careers in project management, having learned much of the methodology, although perhaps by different names, while in service.  The USI/PMISWIC partnership is pleased to offer an enrollment discount to veterans.


Over the years, a new breed of project manager has appeared. New project managers have significantly more business knowledge than their predecessors. The project manager must make both project and business-related decisions and manage multiple stakeholders, each of whom has a different definition of project success, different reporting requirements, and a different perception of value at the end of the project. As a further complication, the true value of the project may not be known until well after completion.  In addition, project managers will be assigned to nontraditional or more complex projects where the enterprise environmental factors will change continuously. Project governance will improve as well, as we develop better definitions of  success and failure. This session is appropriate for CEOs, plant managers, and those who make decisions about project management, as well as PM practitioners.

Presented by: Harold Kerzner, PhD, MS, MBA; senior executive director, International Institute for Learning, Inc. Dr. Kerzner is a globally-recognized expert on project, program, and portfolio management, total quality management, and strategic planning. He is the author of several best-selling books on professional project management and adaptive skills. A total of 1.5PDU's are available for this event.

NO. PM900A - 
Executive Breakfast Briefing: Wednesday, July 16, 8 to 9:30 a.m.
Briefing: $35 until July 8, $45 thereafter

NO. PM900B-
Professional Practitioner Symposium: Thursday, July 17, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Symposium: $249 until July 9, $259 thereafter

Location for both: USI University Center, Room 2217 

Special rates are available for PMI members, USI students, veterans, and groups of 10 or more. Contact executive director of USI Continuing and Professional Education, at 812-464-1932 for details.




Leaders/Managers/Supervisors are operating in an ever-changing environment and regularly face new challenges. To be successful on both a personal and an organizational level, they need new skills and competencies to meet these challenges. DDI, the world leader in leadership development, utilizes a competency-based, integrated approach that helps organizations achieve their business objectives and desired results. Through leadership assessment and development, organizations can improve bench strength and grow their own leaders by identifying and developing high-potential employees. The USI Certificate in Leader Excellence utilizes DDI’s proven approach in key subject areas along with expert DDI certified facilitators to equip leaders at all levels with the day-to-day interpersonal skills for leading individuals or groups as well as the broader skills needed to create and maintain a high-performance workplace.
    To earn the USI Certificate in Leader Excellence leaders will take a series of four core courses and two additional elective courses.

Core courses include: Essentials of Leadership, Coaching for Improvement and Success, and Resolving Conflict. 
Elective topics include: Leading Change, Effective Problem Analysis and Decision Making, Leading High Performance Teams, Developing Others, and USI’s Award Winning Management Diagnostic Center.


MANAGEMENT DIAGNOSTIC CENTER                                              NO. MDC580B

USI's award-winning Management Diagnostic Center uses well-recognized and accepted assessment center methodology to develop comprehensive training needs profiles for those aspiring to management positions, supervisors, and managers.  Through simulations and exercises, participants encounter challenges and tasks common to supervisory and management positions.   Observations and evaluations by expert assessors using behaviorally-anchored standards will be combined to generate a diagnostic summary and developmental recommendations.

Date and Time: Friday, August 15, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Location: USI University Center, Room 2229
Registration Fee: $375-includes lunch and refreshments


GEOMETRIC DIMENSIONING AND TOLERANCING WORKSHOP                                                                  NO. NIMS230      
USI, in collaboration with the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) is conducting a two-day instructor-led workshop covering the fundamentals and application of geometric dimensioning and tolerancing, based on ASME Y14.5-1994 and ASME Y14.5-2009.  This training is best for designers, mechanical engineers, qualify engineers, machinists, dimensional inspectors, and others who have had some exposure to geometric dimensioning and tolerancing. Topics covered include datums, dimensioning and tolerancing, introduction to symbols and terms, material condition, material boundary, conventional tolerances, form tolerances, orientation tolerances, location tolerances, and profile tolerances.

Space is very limited in this program.  For more information, contact Daniela Vidal @ 812-461-5407 or Mike Szakaly at 812-461-5425

Dates and Time: Thursday and Friday, July 24-25, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Location: USI Applied Engineering Center
Registration Fee: $895-includes materials, lunches, and USI Certificate of Competency


CNC MILLING AND TURNING CERTIFICATE OF COMPETENCY                                       NO. NIMS229

USI, in collaboration with the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS), is now accepting enrollment for our 2014-2015 CNC Milling and Turning Operators Level 1 course.  This program meets twice a week from September 2-February 12 (excluding holidays) in the state-of-the-art USI Applied Engineering Center, and is scheduled to meet the needs of working people and their employers.

Hands-on training coupled with online simulations taught by industry experts and credentialed faculty assures participants the opportunity to earn these industry-recognized credentials:

  • NIMS-Measurement, Materials, and Safety

  • NIMS-Job Planning, Benchwork, and Layout

  • NIMS-Milling I

  • NIMS-Drill Press Skills

  • NIMS-Turning Operations:  Turning Between Centers

  • NIMS-Turning Operations:  Turning Chucking Skills

  • NIMS-CNC Turning Operator

  • NIMS-CNC Milling Operator

Space is very limited in this program.  For more information, contact Daniela Vidal @ 812-461-5407.

Dates and Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays, September 2-February 12, 7:30 to 9:30 a.m.
Location: USI Applied Engineering Center
Registration Fee: $4,500-includes all NIMS certification fees and materials



This course, sanctioned by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is designed to provide human resource professionals increased competencies and preparation for the certification exam administered by the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI).  SHRM and HRCI partnered to develop this learning system which includes six books, access to a test prep web site featuring practice tests, and a certificate of completion from USI and SHRM.  Historically, those who complete this course at USI have a higher-than-average pass rate on the certification exam.

Instructors:  Area Certified HR Professionals
Date and Time:  Begins in September
Location: USI University Center

Registration Fee: $1,099; $1,069 for Evansville Area HR Association members


The Simplex creative problem solving method is an excellent tool for teams of all sizes to use in solving problems and/or arriving at creative solutions to challenges they are facing. This method is not only used in the Evansville area by numerous companies and organizations, it is also used by Microsoft and other leading organizations. Participants will gain proficiency in applying the creative thinking skills of diverging, converging, and deferral of judgment and an understanding and skill in executing the innovation process.

Date and Time: This two-day course will be held at a date and time convenient for the participants. Call 812-492-4394 for more information.

Location: Innovation Pointe, Second Floor Innovation Lab, 318 Main Street, downtown Evansville

Registration Fee: $795, includes lunch and refreshments

Simplex users interested in becoming facilitators of the process will learn to lead a group through the eight steps. Participants gain an understanding of effective team structures, models of team development, and facilitation and support of ongoing teams.

Date and Time: This two-day course will be held at a date and time convenient for the participants. Call 812-492-4394 for more information.

Location: Innovation Pointe, Second Floor Innovation Lab, 318 Main Street, downtown Evansville

Registration Fee: $795, includes lunch and refreshments

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