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Early Career Human Resource Professionals
Accountants
Project Managers
Beginning Supervisors/Managers
Supervisors/Managers
Problem Solvers and Collaborators
Maintenance Managers
Facility Managers 
Computer Users


Early Career Human Resource Professionals

SHRM Essentials of Human Resource Management
The Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) Essentials of Human Resource Management course addresses the complex...the vital...the real-world...the practical...and the legal issues you face. Developed by the leading HR experts and legal counsel, the course covers a range of introductory HR topics in a condensed, straightforward format. Key topic areas include HR management, employment law, recruitment and selection, compensation and benefits, employee development, and performance 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 into the competitive and growing HR profession
  • Desire to update their current HR knowledge
  • Seek career advancement

This class is officially sanctioned by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and includes a book, access to the website and additional resources, and a certificate of completion from USI and SHRM. Fee includes light breakfast and lunch.

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

Instructor: Pam Goedde, SPHR
Dates & Times: Tuesday-Wednesday, May 5-6; 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Location: Innovation Pointe, 318 Main Street, Evansville
Registration fee: $525
Course Number: HRC500

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Accountants

CMA II Prep Course
The CMA Learning System Part Two course prepares accountants for the new CMA exam part two including the following topics: financial statement analysis, corporate finance, decision analysis and risk management, investment decisions, and professional ethics. The CMA Learning System includes a manual, study book, access to a test prep website, and a certificate of completion from USI.

Instructor: Kay Hagerdon, CMA
Dates & Times: 12 Mondays, March 2 - May 18; 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Location: Innovation Pointe, 318 Main Street, Evansville
Registration fee: $1095
Course Number: CMA501

ABOUT CERTIFICATION
Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) certifies bachelor-degreed accountants who have worked at least two years in any size of publicly-traded or privately-held organization, not-for-profits, academia, and government. Accountants who seek the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) must pass two exams. Exam fees are not included in the cost of the CMA Learning Systems. Visit www.ima.org for more information about certification.  Note: The two exams can be taken in any order.

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Project Managers

Project Management Courses
For professionals, project management skills are no longer optional, they are necessary. Project Management for the Everyday Professional is a 12-hour USI certificate program for all professionals who want to learn best practice and cutting edge methodologies. For those considering PMP certification, the course to take is the USI Certificate of Project Management a 36-hour introduction to traditional methodology as outlined in the Project Management Book of Knowledge. Future PMP test-takers, watch for new course next semester specifically for you!

Project Management for the Everyday Professional 
Whether you are an accountant, a healthcare administrator, or a human resource professional, you need strong project management skills. This 12-hour USI certificate program is ideal for all professionals who want to learn best practice and cutting edge methodologies. 

Instructor: Julie Ann Walker
Dates & Times: 4 Thursdays, March 5 - March 26; 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Location: Innovation Pointe, 318 Main Street, Evansville
Registration fee: $249
Course Number: PMI400

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USI Certificate of Project Management
This course is appropriate for professionals who want to begin to learn traditional project management methodology as outlined in the Project Management Book of Knowledge (provided). If you are pursuing project management certification and have not had any training in project management, this course is your starting point. It does not, however, prepare you for any certification exam. Additional course work is advised for those taking certification exams. 

Instructor: Dr. Stephanie Brown
Dates and Times: 12 Mondays, March 2 - May 18; 5:30 to 8:30 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, March 2
PMI502: Project Management Framework, March 9
PMI503: Project Integration Management, March 16
PMI504: Project Scope Management, March 23
PMI505: Project Time Management, March 30
PMI506: Project Cost Management, April 6
PMI507: Project Quality Management, April 13
PMI508: Project Human Resource Management, April 20
PMI509: Project Communications Management, April 27
PMI510: Project Risk Management, May 4
PMI511: Project Procurement Management, May 11
PMI512: Project Stakeholder, May 18

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Microsoft Project 2013
Is your organization considering implementing project management software? Do you need a method of communicating project timelines and deliverables to your customer or clients? This nine-hour course is designed to allow you to integrate Microsoft Project 2013 into your project management efforts. 

Instructor: Julie Ann Walker 
Dates and Times: 3 Thursdays, April 2, 9, 23; 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Location: USI University Center East, Room 2229
Registration fee: $199
Course Number: CIS591

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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. 

Instrutors: Pam Goedde and Tammy Barnett
Dates and Times:  2 Tuesdays, April 21 and 28; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: Innovation Pointe, 318 Main Street, Evansville
Registration fee: $359
Course Number: CLE400

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Supervisors/Managers

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 Developmental Dimensions Institute (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 Improvement and Success*
  • DDI Resolving 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 Effective Problem Analysis and Decision Making
  • DDI Engaging Others*
  • USI Managing a Multi-Generational Workforce

* Course is approved for 3.5 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:
January 30, Friday; 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
February 27, Friday; 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
March 20, Friday; 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
April 17, Friday; 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
May 15, Friday; 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Location: USI University Center East, Room 2229
Registration Fee: $399
Course Number: MDC580A - MDC580E

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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 3.5 HRCI re-certification credits. Fee includes dinner. 

Instructor: Tammy Barnett
Date and Time: Thursday, March 5;  5 p.m. to 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 wil 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 3.5 HRCI re-certification credits. Fee includes dinner. 

Instructor: Tammy Barnett
Date and Time: Thursday, March 12; 5p.m. to 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. Fee includes dinner. 

Instructor: Pam Goedde
Date and Time: Thursday, March 19; 5 p.m. to 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 3.5 HRCI re-certification credits. Fee includes dinner. 

Instructor: Tammy Barnett
Date and Time: Thursday, April 2; 5 p.m. to 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 3.5 HRCI re-certification credits. Fee includes dinner. 

Instructor: Pam Goedde
Date and Time: Thursday, April 9; 5 p.m. to 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 3.5 HRCI re-certification credits. Fee includes dinner. 

Instructor: Pam Goedde
Date and Time: Thursday, April 16; 5 p.m. to 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 3.5 HRCI re-certification credits. Fee includes dinner. 

Instructor: Tammy Barnett
Date and Time: Thursday, April 23; 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Location: Innovation Pointe, 318 Main Street, Evansville
Registration: $269
Course Number: CLE552

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Problem Solvers and Collaborators

New 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 10, 24, May 1 and 8; 8 a.m. to 12p.m.
Location: Innovation Pointe, 318 Main Street, Evansville
Registration: $279
Course Number: BUS630

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Simplex 1.0: Solving Complex Problems
The simplex creative problem 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 but numerous companies and organization, 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. Fee includes workbooks, light breakfast and lunch. 

Facilitator: Gene Recker, Manager of Education and Entrepreneurial Support, USI @ Innovation Pointe
Date and Time: August 3 and August 4, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  
Location: Innovation Pointe, 2nd floor Lab, 318 Main Street, Evansville
Registration: $795
Course Number: BUS901

Simplex 2.0: Leading Others to Solve Complex Problems
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. Fee includes workbooks, light breakfast and lunch. 

Facilitator: Gene Recker, Manager of Education and Entrepreneurial Support, USI @ Innovation Pointe
Date and Time: August 17 and August 18, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  
Location: Innovation Pointe, 2nd floor Lab, 318 Main Street, Evansville
Registration: $795
Course Number: BUS902

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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, predictive maintenance, and advanced maintenance reliability techniques. This certificate is appropriate for maintenance managers, supervisors, lead employees, and engineers. Fee includes dinner. 

Instructor: Maintenance Team of Mead Johnson Nutrition
Dates and Times: 5 Tuesdays, March 3, 10, 17, 31 and April 7; 5-9 p.m. 
Location: Innovation Pointe, 318 Main Street, Evansville
Registration: $359 
Course Number: MMC520

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Facility Managers

NEW 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: Diona "Dee" Heim
Dates and Times: 5 Tuesdays, April 21 - May 19; 5 to 9 p.m. 
Location: Innovation Pointe, 318 Main Street,Evansville
Registration: $359
Course Number: BUS550

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Computer Users

Microsoft Project 2013
Is your organization considering implementing project management software? Do you need to manage projects more effectively? Do you need a method of communicating project timelines and deliverables to your customers or clients? This nine-hour course is designed to allow you to integrate Microsoft Project 2013 into your project management efforts. 

Instructor: Julie Ann Walker
Dates and Times: 2 Thursdays, April 2, 9, 23; 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. 
Location: USI University Center East, Room 2229
Registration: $199
Course Number: CIS591

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Microsoft Word Level I
During 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: Instructor TBD
Dates and Times: 2 Wednesdays, March 4 and 11; 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Location: USI University Center East, Room 2229
Registration: $109
Course Number: CIS120

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Microsoft Word Level II
During 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: Instructor TBD
Dates and Times: 2 Wednesdays, April 15 and 22; 6 p.m. to 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: Julie Ann Walker
Dates and Times: 2 Wednesdays, April 1 and 8; 6 p.m.  to 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: Julie Ann Walker
Dates and Times: 2 Wednesdays, May 6 and 13; 6 p.m. to 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: Julie Ann Walker
Dates and Times: 2 Wednesdays, May 20 and 27; 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. 
Location: USI University Center East, room 2229
Registration: $99
Course Number: CIS331

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