2007
Looking to enhance your expertise? Try these programs

Looking to enhance your expertise? Try these programs
June 8, 2007

Phil Brozynski, Media Relations Manager
(630) 829-6094
pbrozynski@ben.edu

Intense global competition demands that new projects and business development be completed on time and within budget restraints. And as project-based organizations have started to emerge, project management is becoming established as both a professional career path and a way of controlling business. The Quality Auditor is a professional who understands the standards and principles of auditing and the auditing techniques of examining, questioning, evaluating and reporting to determine a quality system’s adequacy and deficiencies. The Quality Auditor analyzes all elements of a system and judges its degree of adherence to the established criteria. The Office of Professional Development at Benedictine University is now offering programs in Project Management and Quality Auditor for professionals seeking to enhance their expertise in these exciting and challenging fields. The Quality Auditor program help students successfully plan and conduct quality audits, and report on their results. A six-week course will be conducted on Mondays and Tuesdays (6:00-9:30 p.m.) on July 16-17, 23-24, 30-31 and August 6-7, 13-14, 20-21; and an eight-week course is available on Saturdays (8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.) on July 21 and 28, August 4, 11, 18 and 25, and September 1 and 8. A six-week ASQ Certified Quality Auditor Certification Exam Preparation is offered concurrently from 6:00-9:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays. The course is facilitated by Thomas Gehrke, who has been in the quality field for more than 25 years and has held the positions of Inspector, Technician, Engineer, Manager, Director of Quality and Consultant in industries as varied as automotive, electronics/avionics, construction, chemical and pharmaceutical. He is a past Registrar Accreditation Board-accredited Lead Auditor for ISO9000, and has been a Certified Quality Auditor since 1989. The Project Management program teaches students how to lead organizational initiatives and understand organizational behavior as it relates to the individual. A six-week course will be conducted on Wednesdays and Thursdays (6:00-9:30 p.m.) on July 18-19, 25-26 and August 1-2, 8-9, 15-16, 22-23; and an eight-week course is available on Saturdays (8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.) July 21 and 28, August 4, 11, 18 and 25, and September 1 and 8. A six-week Project Management Professionals® Exam Preparation course is offered concurrently from 6:00-9:30 p.m. on Mondays and Tuesdays. The course is facilitated by Richard Dobson, PMP, a certified project management professional with diverse technical and management experience in all areas of business systems development. Dobson has an open management style and believes in sharing knowledge and mentoring teams throughout the projects. Dobson has taught at the community college level for more than 20 years. Tuition costs vary for the different program options. The tuition for both the quality auditor and project management programs offered on weeknights is $1,000. Tuition for the quality auditor and project management exam preparation is $1,000. Tuition for the eight-week courses offered on Saturdays is $1,400. To obtain additional information, please contact the Office of Professional Development at (630) 829-6125, or e-mail professionaldevelopment@ben.edu.

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Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 56 undergraduate majors, 16 graduate and four doctorate programs. The Chronicle of Higher Education recently ranked Benedictine University as the seventh fastest-growing campus among private nonprofit master’s universities, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among the top 20 percent of America’s colleges for 2011. Benedictine University’s Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain’s Chicago Business as the fourth largest in the Chicago area in 2011.