DeVry’s Bachelors

MCCC: Medical

NJIT: Distance

Princeton University:

Rider: Liberal Arts BA



Stevens Institute:

Thomas Edison:

Out of State

Internet Skills

Training for Those

Quality NJ Seminars

Fort Dix Masters

Computer Training For Mature Adults

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1999. All rights reserved.

Back to School, Yes

Tread carefully on the continuing education path,

because what seems like an obvious bargain may prove expensive in

aggravation, and vice versa. For instance, both Rutgers and Mercer

County College offer the nationally known leadership certificate for

managers, supervisors, and potential leaders. It includes such workshops

as coaching, influencing for win-win outcomes, proactive listening,

and expressing yourself. Rutgers refers to it as Leadership 2000 and

Mercer’s program uses the full title, Zenger-Miller Leadership 2000.

Though not subsidized by government funds, as are the 15-week courses,

Mercer’s modules cost half as much as Rutgers. It offers the course

only on Thursday nights. Taking six workshops earns a Mercer certificate

worth three credits at a cost of $425 or about $70 per module; call

Nunzio Cernero at 609-587-1461 (E-mail:

Rutgers does not use the Zenger-Miller name and schedules the workshops

on Fridays during the day. This program includes six modules that

Mercer has, plus four more. The 10-module series starts Friday, October

1, with one module in the morning and another in the afternoon. Cost:

$150 per half-day module or $1,000 for 10 to earn the certificate.

Call the Center for Continuing Professional Development (CCPD) at

the University Inn and Conference Center on Ryders Lane, 732-932-8274

or E-mail:

Which to choose? You could let your schedule decide. But don’t settle

for the first certificate or course you encounter. The best one for

you may be where you least expect it. What follows is not an exhaustive

list, but it indicates just how many choices are available.

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DeVry’s Bachelors

DeVry Institute, 630 Route 1 North, North Brunswick

08902. Bob Bocchino, president. 732-435-4880; fax, 732-435-4856. Home


DeVry Institute, a for-profit academic institution with campuses throughout

the U.S. and Canada, offers night and weekend courses in its associate-degree

programs: business administration, computer information systems, electronics

technician, and telecommunications management.

More important, perhaps, to some prospective students, the New Jersey

campus just received approval for a bachelors degree program in electronics

engineering technology. See separate story in Life in the Fast Lane,

beginning on page 44.

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MCCC: Medical

Office Certificate

Mercer County Community College, 1200 Old Trenton

Road, Box B, Trenton 08690. Thomas D. Sepe, president. 609-586-4800;

fax, 609-587-4666. Home page:

In cooperation with the Medical Society of New Jersey, MCCC is offering

a certificate in medical practice management for the first time this

fall. It is intended for those who manage a medical office as well

as for those who want to become managers. "Some of these managers

started out as secretaries and nurses and have seen their offices

grow to become multimillion dollar businesses," says Rose Nini,

dean of corporate and community programs. "Now it is so complex

that they need the skills of a CEO."

The certificate requires four courses: computers and medical technology,

management issues and strategies, financial tools for office management,

and the medical environment. They have been scheduled for what used

to be known as the physician’s golf day: Wednesdays. They start September

15, 3 to 9:30 p.m. Cost: $360 for 24 classroom hours.

The instructors include John LaCarruba, Julie Lynch of

the Medical Society of New Jersey, and Rosalie Fox, whom many

will remember as the former manager of Princeton Medical Group at

419 North Harrison Street.

If your goal is to be a medical office assistant, you can take courses

toward a certificate either parttime or full-time. For parttime, call

609-586-0505. For a full-time one-year program, starting in late August,

call Virginia Clevenger at Mercer County Technical Schools at


Last year MCCC partnered with Covance to launch a certificate program

in clinical research and drug development for those with four-year

degrees in nursing, chemistry, pharmacy, or related areas. "It

is going extraordinarily well, and we will start a new cycle this

fall," says Nini. The certificate requires four 10-session courses:

Foundation of Clinical Research and Drug Development, Data Management

Information Sciences, Auditing and Monitoring, and Site Management.

Each course is given on alternate weekends: Friday night and all day

Saturday. Cost: $900. For more information, call Nini at 609-890-9624

or E-mail:

New credit offerings include an additions counseling certificate program,

an associate degree in the fine arts, and an associate degree in applied

science in network engineering technology. First-year students can

apply for dual admission for easy transfer to such four-year colleges

as Rutgers, College of New Jersey, Rider, and NJIT. Fall classes start

August 30; call 609-586-4800, extension 3564 or register online at

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NJIT: Distance


New Jersey Institute of Technology, 240 Dr. Martin

Luther King Boulevard, Newark 07102. Saul Fenster, president. 973-596-3433;

Home page:

Yahoo! called it America’s "most wired public university."

The New Jersey Institute of Technology has a substantial distance-learning

program that helps facilitate its continuing professional education

program. Electronic classrooms make it easy for the business professional

to get training anytime, anywhere, and night and weekend classes at

"extension" campuses in several counties make it easy to get

real classroom experience as well.

An MBA in Management of Technology and Masters in Public Health are

the latest additions to the school’s graduate curriculum, and both

are available this fall on campuses at Raritan Valley Community College

or Bergen Community College.

Graduate certificates, either as stand-alone credentials or a springboard

to MS degrees, are also an option for those who have day jobs. The

one-year, 12 credit, program is offered in the following categories:

Environmental Infrastructure and Management, Health Care Information

Systems, Information Systems Design and Development, Internet Application

Development, Managing Human Resources, Practice of Technical Communications,

Project Management, Telecommunications Networking, Programming Environment

Tools, Object-Oriented Design. The school just added Computer Networking

and Electronic Media Design to that list.

You need an undergraduate degree to qualify. Courses begin each semester,

and typically involve two 3-hour classes per week. If you choose to

go on to the full Master’s program, your 12 credits will transfer,

but you have to follow the normal procedure for entering as a matriculated

student. You can apply online at, E-Mail:

The school also offers a Webmaster Certificate, a three-part, 90-hour

program that teaches authoring, development and management of websites.

Cost: $2,495. E-Mail:

Non-credit refresher or training courses in everything from computer

science to hazardous materials are also available, but some cost as

much as $2,000 — a large investment for no credit.

Certificate programs are offered in both the electronic classroom,

and at NJIT’s University Heights campus or at off-campus extension

locations in Atlantic, Bergen, Burlington, Mercer, Morris and Somerset


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Princeton University:

Engineering Masters

Princeton University School of Engineering and Applied

Science, Olden Street, Princeton 08544. Stuart Schwartz, director

of master’s engineering program. 609-258-2890. E-mail:

Until a year ago this Ivy League school never would

have made the pages of U.S. 1’s continuing education survey. Now the

Master of Engineering program is designed for engineers for advanced

training in applied technology — for manufacture, design, and

prototype. The hope is that entrepreneurial engineers will get their

degrees here and start a business in Central Jersey rather than take

it elsewhere. They will also learn how to analyze their options as

their companies grow.

A candidate can specialize in any of the five engineering departments

— electrical, computer science, chemical, mechanical and aerospace,

and civil engineering and operations research — taking six technical

courses in that discipline, with two non-technical courses. Within

departments, more topical curricula can be structured for financial

engineering, telecommunications and information networks, structural

engineering, and photonics.

Seven people graduated from the first edition of this program in June.

But for the privilege of taking just two courses per semester, their

employers must pay full tuition — $25,500 — each year. For

those not subsidized, stipends may be available.

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Rider: Liberal Arts BA

Rider School for Continuing Studies, 2083 Lawrenceville

Road, Lawrenceville 08648. John Carpenter, dean. 609-896-5033; fax,

609-896-8029. Home page: Cost: $270

per credit, plus $10 per course tech fee and initial $35 application.

If you already have some credits, enroll in Rider’s continuing studies

program to finish your associate’s and bachelor’s degree. "We

develop ways to put courses together in a way that is appropriate

for adult students," says John Carpenter, dean of this division.

"We emphasize face to face classroom instruction."

About 1,000 students enroll each semester in the School for Continuing

Studies, and 200 of them are enrolled in the bachelor of arts in liberal

studies program, available only through this school. Instead of a

traditional major, a student can focus on related disciplines, such

as management plus sociology and psychology. "It provides a way

for us to relate what adults have learned in their lives and the interests

they have developed," says Carpenter.

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Twenty-nine different academic units at Rutgers offer

undergraduate and postgraduate professional development courses. Some

are in Newark and Camden, but most are on one of the New Brunswick

campuses. Just to peruse the list will give you some ideas about courses

you might like to take (

On the Livingston campus: The Center for Management Development

(732-445-1169), School of Business (732-445-3600), School of Management

and Labor Relations (732-445-5995), English as a Second Language/American

Language Studies (732-445-7422), and School of Social Work (732-445-3173,

extension 11).

The National Transit Institute (732-932-1700) is on the Douglass


On the Busch Campus: Center for Math, Science and Computer Education

(732-445-4850), Center for Applied Psychology (732-445-7795, extension

11), Center of Alcohol Studies (732-445-4317), and College of Pharmacy


On the Cook Campus, the center for agriculture: Labor Studies

and Employment Relations (732-932-1749), Cooperative Extension (732-932-9306),

and Cook College (732-932-9271).

College Avenue Campus: Youth Sports Research Council (732-932-6537),

Center for Government Services (732-932-3640), Graduate School of

Education (732-932-7496, extension 205), and School of Communications,

Information, and Library Studies (732-445-7169).

The newest unit is the Center for Continuing Professional Development.

"The CCPD creates courses that fill needs in niche areas, such

as small business, technology, insurance and banking, that are not

being addressed by other continuing education programs within the

university," says Richard J. Novak , CCPD director. In addition

to Leadership 2000 (see above), CCPD has two-day courses in process

mapping or process value analysis (each $995), facilitating meetings

($575), and team leadership (two days for $500). Call CCPD at 732-932-8274,

E-mail: or visit the CCPD website


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E-Commerce MBA

Rutgers University Graduate School of Management,

11 Washington Street, Newark 07102-1895. Howard Tuckman, dean. 973-353-5177;

fax, 973-353-1345. Home page: Cost:

$388.80 per credit plus some fees.

The latest options at the Rutgers Graduate School of Management are

MBAs with concentrations in E-commerce and Arts Management. The concentration

in E-commerce requires course work in Internet technology, and electronic

commerce and marketing. A new course will be offered next fall in

the development of a virtual business. The 12-credit arts management

concentration, the first of its kind in the state, is for persons

interested in a management career in the not-for-profit sector of

the performing and fine arts.

Other MBA concentrations include computers and information systems,

entrepreneurial management, finance, human resources management, international

business, marketing, professional accounting, and strategic management.

Call 973-353-5656.

Students can take courses here for two semesters without matriculating.

Classes start September 1; register in early August. Most courses

are given in both New Brunswick and Newark.

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Stevens Institute:

E-Business BS

Stevens Institute of Technology, Castle Point on

Hudson, Hoboken 07030. Linda Habermann, off-campus programs administrator.

201-216-5622; fax, 201-216-8044. Home page:

Cost: $695 per credit or $1,738 per 2.5 credit course, plus fees of


A bachelor of science degree in E-Business focuses on the integration

of technology and business and exposes students to a broad array of

real-life and work experiences. The institute also offers other off-campus

graduate programs at such locations as Rider University and Brookdale

Community College. Lucent Technologies, AT&T, and other firms offer

Stevens courses only to their employees. Call 201-216-5234.

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Thomas Edison:

Online MSM

Thomas Edison State College, 101 West State Street,

Trenton 08608-1176. George A. Pruitt, president. 609-984-1100; fax,

609-984-1193. Home page:

Designed for working adults with professional experience in management,

a three-year-old Master of Science in Management program is conducted

almost entirely in distance learning mode. The 36-credit program aims

to build skills — analytical, problem solving, and decision making

— and apply them to actual situations.

Almost all of the course is conducted online, through E-mail and discussions

which students can join any time of the day or night, but it does

require students to come to the campus twice, to meet their cohorts

and attend workshops on the first weekend, and to present their research

projects on the second weekend. Applicants do not need to take admissions

tests, and they may transfer up to six semester hours toward the degree.

A group of managers from AT&T started the "beta test" for

this degree in 1996; a new class starts every four months. For information

call 888-442-8372.

Thomas Edison State College also has 12 two-year and four-year degrees

for adult students in 120 areas of study.

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Out of State

For convenience or sub-specialties, broaden your search

to New York and Pennsylvania. New this year: LaSalle University is

launching a degree in organizational dynamics with classes offered

only in the evenings and on weekends at its Silver Lake Executive

Campus in Newtown. Call 215-951-1500.

Among the multitudinous programs for those who trek to New York is

New York University’s master of science in direct marketing communications

(212-790-3221), or its a certificate in sports, entertainment, and

events marketing (212-790-3212).

Meanwhile NYU’s Sloan School of Business (212-998-0270 or E-mail: lures executives away from their desks

with three-day and two-week intensive programs, taught by celebrity

professors, on such topics as competition and innovation. Some few

among us can teach ourselves how to be competitive and how to innovate,

but the rest of us can use a little help.

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Internet Skills


The Association of Internet Professionals (,

an international networking and advocacy group, is trying to build

industry standards and add-value to Internet-related professions by

establishing its own accrediting standards. Take any of the skill-level

tests issued by Novell, Microsoft, Penn State University,,

HyCurve, or Sysoft, and AIP will certify and rank you within its three-tier

system. It may not be an academic institution per se, but with 8,500

individual and 126 corporate members throughout the world, it is quickly

becoming a powerful networking group. It is also the only organization

offering accreditation.

Annual dues of $90 per person or $1,000 to $10,000 for a company qualify

members for these perks: a personal health plan designed for freelancers,

small-business owners, and independent contractors; discounts on computer

software and other services; and access to the organization’s "Compensation

and Benefits Report," a detailed breakdown of salaries, benefits,

and other compensation within the Internet industry. The survey costs

$400 for members, and $500 for non-members. It is for sale at

The Princeton area chapter of AIP meets at Sarnoff Corporation twice

a month for a networking meeting. Their website is

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Training for Those

With Disabilities

Ten people with disabilities have successfully completed

a free computer training program, and their future employers may be

able to get funding for purchasing adaptive software.

Pass It On is designed to "challenge conventional thinking by

developing new job opportunities for people with disabilities,"

says Robert Stack, president and CEO of Community Options, who

will speak at graduation ceremonies on Thursday, July 15, at 4:30

p.m. at NJIT’s Mount Laurel campus. The program was co-sponsored by

Farber Road-based Community Options Inc., Microsoft, the New Jersey

Institute of Technology, and the New Jersey Technology Council.

The graduates — with disabilities that range from problems with

vision and dyslexia to cerebral palsy — completed 18 weeks of

free full-time study of computer fundamentals, local area networks

and Internet environments, relational databases, and C++ programming.

They are eligible to take information technology jobs worth average

salaries of $30,000. An identical program is operating in Newark,

and similar courses are being taught in Colorado, Texas, and Virginia.

Microsoft has contributed a total of $312,000.

Most students in the program are referred by agencies, but to find

out how to qualify, call Belinda Mangle at Community Options

at 609-298-1981. For information, go to http://www.cybernics/com/njitcp


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Quality NJ Seminars

Quality New Jersey will host a self-assessment seminar

on Tuesday, July 20, at 9 a.m. at the IEEE Operations Center, Piscataway.

This program is for organizations beginning a management program based

on the Governor’s Award for Performance Excellence/Baldrige criteria.

Cost: $300. Call 609-777-0940.

A seven-step process for conducting an organizational quality self-assessment

will be presented. A quality assessment is an evaluation of an organization’s

performance, policies, processes, and practices using criteria that

represent performance excellence. The seminar will be held again on

Wednesday, September 22.

Quality New Jersey will also host a free awareness seminar to introduce

the Governor’s Award for Performance Excellence improvement process

on Wednesday, September 15, at the IEEE offices in Piscataway. For

more information, visit

Given annually, the Governor’s Award for Performance Excellence is

the highest recognition for quality and performance in New Jersey.

The award process assesses the effectiveness of an organization’s

management system at varying levels of maturity.

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Fort Dix Masters

Earn a masters of science degree in quality systems

management at Fort Dix. The National Graduate School of Quality Management,

based on Cape Cod, offers a 12-month program that can be completed

in two weekends per month, starting in September. Call 800-838-2580

or go to

The program is designed for a "cohort group," meaning that

all students start and finish together in the accelerated format.

They take 12 courses and earn 36 credits — all in quality administration.

Cost: $23,000 or $1,880 per course, but virtually all students get

two-thirds to all of their tuition paid by employers.

The school was founded in 1993, and is accredited by the New England

Association of Schools and Colleges.

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Computer Training For Mature Adults

Most temporary agencies test applicants on various software

packages, and some have computer training rooms for brushing up on

your software smarts. But Experience Works! is dedicating a training

room with three terminals just for helping mature adults hone their

computer skills, and they don’t care if you are starting from scratch.

Experience Works!, located at 2137 Route 33 in Lexington Square Commons,

is the staffing agency division for Green Thumb Inc., a national nonprofit

that helps disadvantaged and older adults find jobs.

"We are especially focused on folks who are computer illiterate.

We will help you to learn how to turn it on," says Mike

Toth, project manager. On some afternoons, particularly when rank

beginners are working, he staffs the three-terminal center with an

instructor. At other times, learners can use the CD-ROM "Video

Professor," which has an audio component that talks you through

such packages as Word, Word Perfect, Excel, and an introduction to

the Internet. "Not all people learn best by reading and clicking,"

says Toth. The center will also be a satellite of the state’s One

Stop job finding program.

Another free training program, this one sponsored by International

Software Consulting at 100 Thanet Circle, has had mixed results. Last

year Ananth Raman and his partner, Naru Narayanan, set

up a computer training center to provide free training for those in

low-wage jobs (U.S. 1, March 3). Revenues of this firm were $18 million

last year and projected for $30 million in the current year, and the

partners wanted to "give back" to the community (

"Green Thumb and Experience Works read the article in U.S. 1 and

partnered with us," says Anita Giacone, project assistant,

"and we had good cooperation from the Department of Labor."

All the participants had to do was promise to attend and then follow

through. Two full-time professional trainers, plus 12 computers set

up in a 400-square foot room, plus textbooks and all the software

programs were scheduled to cost $200,000 in the first year. Classes

were to be offered during regular work day, evenings, and on Saturdays.

The project started out well. Six courses were given to rave reviews,

and participants in the first four courses lived up to their end of

the commitment bargain. But those in the next two courses did not,

and the firm has, at least temporarily, pulled the plug on its free

offer. "If people are not committed to it, we were not going to

fight to continue it," says Giacone. "And we can use our training

room for other things."

Just as ISC’s free offer came with a commitment obligation, so does

the free training at Experience Works imply a minimal promise. To

sign up to practice on these computers, you must be looking for a

job and planning to let this nonprofit agency help you. Call Toth

at 609-689-0298; fax, 609-689-1738.

— Barbara Fox

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