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Continuing Education: ETI Gets Serious With Entrepreneurs

Mary Harrison is the owner of Euphorbia, a growing

retail and bridal consulting business in downtown Lawrenceville. In

1995, after owning a catering business, burning out, and then working

as an employee in the hospitality business, she knew she wanted to

become a business owner again — and wanted to be smart about

making

the move. Toward that end, she began taking business classes.

Then, three years ago, energized by the birth of her second child,

and deciding to move to another level, she signed up for the

Entrepreneurial

Training Institute (ETI), a program sponsored by the New Jersey

Economic

Development Authority.

"I had been taking business classes for years," Harrison says,

"but I felt I needed one last class. I got tired of hearing myself

say `I’m going to finish my business plan.’" From the start, she

realized that ETI was different. "Other classes give you an

outline

and a general idea, but it’s all hypopthetical. There is no assumption

that you are really going to start a business. ETI does assume

that."

A free information session will be Tuesday, August 19, at 6 p.m. at

the Lawrence branch of the Mercer County Public Library. Call

609-292-9279

to reserve a seat or to find out more about the program. Classes begin

in Trenton on Thursday, September 18. (See page 4 for details.)

Harrison has gone from ETI graduate to ETI promoter, talking to

individuals

and to groups about what the program can do for a prospective business

owner. For her, a huge benefit was help with financials. A creative

person who named her business after one of her favorite flowers,

Harrison

confesses that she came to ETI with little expertise in accounting

or cash flow projections.

She wanted to know if her business idea was solid. "It sounded

like a good idea," she says, "but is it viable? I wanted to

hear a CPA say `You are fully capitalized. The money you have will

get you through.’"

ETI came through, leading her through financial projections, and it

did not stop there.

"I did not know how to meet a banker," says Harrison. "I

never knew they wanted to lend money." Stunned, but pleased, she

soon found bankers courting her. "They wanted to make a sale,"

she says.

She credits ETI with getting her ready to present a business plan

that would reel the bankers in. "You have to know your business

plan backwards and forwards," she says. "If there was a hole

in your plan, it came out before you went before the bankers."

Prepped by ETI, Harrison secured a $55,000 business loan to get her

enterprise off the ground.

"I started out as a caterer 13 or 14 years ago," Harrison

recounts. "I stopped about 6 or 7 years ago. I was burned out.

It’s very demanding, very physical work." She was also learning

that the parts of the work she most enjoyed were planning events and

meeting with customers, and not "making chicken for 500."

At that point, Harrison was not yet ready to start a business, and

so she became an employee, working for Hyatt and for the Princeton

University Club. But she was drawn to the entrepreneurial life, and

soon began to take on some wedding planning assignments. Wedding

planners

often work from home, but after a while the arrangement did not feel

right.

"I never felt serious when I was meeting clients in a coffee

shop,"

she says. "I wanted a store." The physical presence, she

reasoned,

would give clients confidence that she was a real business. She also

wanted more autonomy than she could get as an employee. "I had

a son, who is now 16," she says. "And I had a baby. I wanted

to be more in control over my future."

Hours can be long, and her schedule includes a full day on Saturday,

but still, Harrison says, she sees her family more as a business owner

than she ever would as an employee. "They meet me for

breakfast,"

she says. "As an entrepreneur, I do work a lot," she says,

"but it’s different. I can decide when I work. I can decide to

take 10 days off."

Speaking on a cell phone during a vacation in Vermont, Harrison says

she had made a conscious decision to keep her business within bounds.

For one thing, she sited it in Lawrenceville. "I don’t want to

be too close to my house," she says. She lives in Princeton with

her children and her husband, Matthew Harrison, a scientist. She has

a 15-minute drive to work. "If I were any closer, I would be at

work all the time," she says.

She has also hired an employee to free her from constant duty at her

shop, and is seriously considering hiring another to work full-time

on the growing wedding planning side of the business. "I love

being in the store," she says. "I love it when someone finds

just the right gift." But, she adds, it is important that she

step back from the day-to-day operations to spend time "working

on the big picture."

The big picture for Euphorbia is changing — fast. Within months

of completing her business plan, it was becoming obsolete, an

eventuality

for which all entrepreneurs should be prepared, Harrison counsels.

The retail portion of her business was supposed to be just an add-on,

a supplement to her wedding planning business, a place where brides

could pick up unusual guest books or gifts for their bridesmaids.

Instead, the store quickly became a popular gift shop. She has teamed

up with local artists, made some gift items herself, and seen retail

become about 50 percent of her business. The stationery segment of

her business also took off to a degree she did not expect. It accounts

for 25 percent of her business.

Soon retail customers starting asking if Euphorbia’s gifts were

available

through a website or a catalog, and Harrison realized that she had

better offer her merchandise through one or the other. So she is

working

on adding E-commerce to her Internet site (www.euphorbiashop.com).

Between photography, glossy stock, printing costs, and mailing

expenses,

a catalog is a major undertaking. She reasons that selling via her

website will be far less expensive. "I’ll take the picture myself

with a digital camera," she says. Not yet concerned with the

science

of search engine placement, Harrison sees E-commerce primarily as

a convenience for customers. Worried about how she would handle order

fulfillment on a large scale, she doesn’t want Internet sales to get

too big — at least not yet.

Harrison does, however, credit the Internet with bringing

newly-engaged

women to her door for wedding planning. "The first thing they

do after they get engaged is jump on the Internet at work," she

says. There, in chat rooms of big bridal sites like The Knot

(www.theknot.com),

women with weddings on their minds gather and compare notes on wedding

planners. A number of her clients have found her on the Internet.

Euphorbia is not yet showing a profit, but Harrison is sanguine about

its prospects. She has made a decision to invest in the business

rather

than rush it to profitability. Besides, she says, most businesses

do not climb into black ink until their third year. For Euphorbia,

that would be next year, and she is confident that the business is

on track to turn a profit by that time.

Crediting ETI for its role in her success and recommending the

entrepreneurial

training program to others, Harrison nevertheless adds a note of

caution,

emphasizing that starting a business is a huge undertaking. "You

have to be ready," she says. What’s more, "you have to make

sure that your family is onboard," she says.

A start-up is quite a ride. Like many a New Jersey entrepreneur,

Harrison

is thankful that ETI was around to provide a trail map.

Middlesex College

At 59 pages, Middlesex County College’s fall catalog,

available online at www.middlesex.cc.jn.us, is chock full of ideas

for those with a career enhancement — or a quick career switch

— in mind. In the technology field, full-time career programs

include Microsoft Networking Engineer, Software Technology Specialist,

Computerized Medical Office Administrator, and Web Developer. The

cost for these programs, including fees, ranges from $4,000 to $6,000.

Less demanding are the school’s short-term, entry level technologist

career programs. Options include Administrative Accounting, Microsoft

Office User Specialist, and Microsoft Certified Professional. The

cost for these programs ranges from $2,510 to $3,300.

For professionals already working in their fields, the college offers

business enhancement courses, including Fundamentals of Accounting,

Web Design, and Network and Internet Security. The cost for these

courses ranges from $225 to $720.

In the health field, Middlesex offers training in Dental Radiology,

CPR, and Chest Radiography. Individual classes cost as little as $45.

In partnership with the Somerset School of Massage Therapy, the school

offers a 12-month course in massage therapy, beginning in October,

and a 6-month course beginning in September. The cost for the 600-hour

program is $6,924.82. Another offering in the growing fitness/health

field is a Personal Trainer Certificate. Offered in partnership with

Momentum Fitness, it begins in late-September, provides much of its

instruction at the fitness center’s Montgomery location, and costs

about $500. Students are strongly encouraged to complete 100 hours

of experience in the health and fitness field before becoming

certified.

While applications for degree programs must be in by Friday, August

15, application for part-time, and non-degree classes are accepted

up until the date of the first class, which varies. Consult the

catalog

or call 732-548-6000.

Middlesex County College , 2600 Woodbridge Avenue,

Box 3050, Edison 08818-3050. John Bakum, president. 732-548-6000;

Home page: www.middlesexcc.edu

Mercer County

Technical Schools

Many an office dweller, sickening on office politics,

overloaded with meetings, and putting in face time until well past

his children’s bedtime, flirts with the idea of walking another path,

or perhaps of driving another path — in a big pickup truck.

Working

at a trade can be an attractive alternative to working at a 9-to-5

job, especially because it is often a road to owning a business.

Mercer County Technical Schools’ adult division provides training

in a wide range of trades. Its apprenticeship programs include auto

body technician, carpenter, electrician, iron worker, painter, and

welder. Other apprenticeship options are chef, computer programmer,

firefighter, and emergency medical technician. Apprenticeship programs

last from two to four years. The fee for apprenticeship programs is

$200 per semester.

In addition to apprenticeships, the school offers instruction for

adults in Cosmetology, Homeland Security, Fiber Optics, Network

Cabling,

and many other practical fields.

Registration takes place on August 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, and 27 from

8 a.m. to 11 a.m. and from 5 to 8 p.m. For more details call

609-586-5146

or visit www.mctec.net.

Mercer County Technical Adult Evening Schools,

1085 Old Trenton Road, Trenton 08690. Joseph Borgia, director of adult

education. 609-586-5146; fax, 609-586-1709. Www.mctec.net

More Options

LaSalle University, Bucks County Center, Newtown,

PA. 215-951-1155. Www.lasalle.edu.

New for working professionals this fall at LaSalle are certificate

programs in Public Relations, Organizational Communication, Mass

Communication,

and General Professional Communication. Other areas of study in the

university’s continuing education division include Conflict

Management,

Interpersonal Communication, and Communication Management in Media

and Public Relations.

Berlitz International (BTZ), 400 Alexander Park,

Princeton 08540. 609-514-9650; fax, 609-514-9675. Home page:

www.berlitz.com

Berlitz teaches languages — scores of them — to everyone from

vacationers to relocating businesspeople. The method is immersion,

with no English allowed, and classes can be one-on-one or group. An

interactive menu on Berlitz’s website (www.berlitz.com) helps

potential

language learners decide among courses, and estimates how long it

will take to achieve specific goals. For example, it estimates that

a person who wants to do business in China, and needs to begin doing

so in six months to a year, will need about 100 lessons to become

fluent in Mandarin. A vacationer with a beginner’s grasp of French

would need about 50 lessons before being able to navigate restaurants

and markets in Paris with complete confidence.

For those with less time, Berlitz offers one, two, and four-week

courses

to impart the basics of conversation.

Capital Health System School of Nursing , 446

Bellevue

Avenue, Trenton 08618. Nancy M. Murray, chairperson. 609-394-4050;

fax, 609-394-4354. Www.capitalhealth.org

Capital Health System offers a two-year, cooperative nursing program

with Mercer County Community College. All nursing courses are offered

at the nursing school, while basic humanities and science courses

are taught at the college. Graduates earn a diploma from Capital and

Associate in Science degree from MCCC, and are eligible to apply to

four-year Bachelor of Science programs.

Tuition for nursing courses is paid by the Helene Fuld Trenton

Scholarship

Trust, but there are fees for nursing courses as well as tuition,

books, and fees for college courses. The total cost for the program

is approximately $7,500.

Informal information sessions and tours are held every Thursday

between

3 and 5 p.m. at the school.

East Windsor Community Education, 25 Leshin Lane,

Hightstown 08520. Kate Napolitano, assistant principal. 609-443-7804;

fax, 609-443-7855.

Not every town has its fall adult education offerings ready, but East

Windsor does. Available at www.eastwindsorregionalschools.com, the

catalog is brimming with trips, courses, and one-day classes. There

is a theater series and a whole section of computer classes for

seniors.

Among the more interesting sounding classes are Instant Piano for

Hopelessly Busy People, Selling on the Internet, Open Water Scuba

Diving, Winterizing Your Garden.

Harrison Career Institute , 1001 Spruce Street,

Suite 7, Ewing, 08628. Linda Burke, director. 609-656-4303.

Formerly Star Technical Institute, and formerly located in Lawrence,

this school offers training in computer, medical, and legal fields.

Among its computer courses are PC Support Specialist, Medical Office

Specialist, and Computer Operator/Help Desk Analyst.

Princeton Adult School, 601 Ewing Street, Suite

C-20, Box 701, Princeton 08542-0701. Anne Brener, coordinator.

609-683-1101;

fax, 609-688-1181. Www.princetonol.com/groups/

The fall brochure for this community-based continuing education

program

will be mailed out on Friday, August 29, and will be available online

at www.princetonadultschool.org beginning Wednesday, September 3.

Registration for English as a Second Language courses takes place

on Monday, September 8, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Princeton High

School.

Registration for all other courses takes place on Tuesday, September

9, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Princeton High School.

Utopia, the community education program’s lecture series in

cooperation

with Princeton University, is open to all. Lecture titles and dates

are announced after Labor Day.

Princeton Center for Yoga & Health LLC, 50 Vreeland

Drive, Suite 506, Skillman 08558. Deborah Metzger, founder/director.

609-924-7294; fax, 609-443-1687. Www.princetonyoga.com

Various types of yoga, meditation, Pilates, Tai Chi, Qigong, drumming

and healing circles, belly dance, holistic living workshops,

therapeutic

bodywork, massage, chiropractic care and acupuncture, aromatherapy,

energy healing, stress management, professional training, corporate

programs.

Adults seeks a career as a Dharmic Yoga teacher can attend a series

of four weekend workshops beginning on the weekend of November 1.

Graduates of the program become Certified Yoga Professionals with

a specialty in women’s health and wellness.

Princeton Theological Seminary Center for Continuing

Education, 20 Library Place, Erdman Hall, Princeton 08540. Joyce

Tucker, dean. 609-497-7990; fax, 609-497-0709. Home page:

www.ptsem.edu

How many continuing ed programs offer low-cost housing,

meals, and childcare? The Theological Seminary does. The school offers

both credit and non-credit continuing education credits to both

ministers

and laity.

Some upcoming titles include "Dusting Off Your Hebrew…and

More,"

"From Clergy Misconduct to Healing for the Congregation: A

Critical

Time for Faithful Ministry," "Dark Nights and White Knuckles:

Discernment during Chaos and Rapid Change," "Faith, Law, and

Ethics Conference," "The Visual Arts in Christian

Traditions,"

and "Welcoming Resistance."

Week-long programs, including lodging and meals, cost about $450.

Two-day programs, including lodging and meals, run about $150. For

those who do not choose the stay-over option, the fee is cut by about

50 percent. Single lectures cost less, often about $25.

Housing is in Erdman Hall, across the street from the Seminary’s Speer

and Luce Libraries. A no-smoking, no-pet facility, Erdman Hall has

60 guest rooms described as "simple yet comfortable." All

rooms have phones with voice mail and modem access. Six of the

accommodations

are meant for families, and contain two bedrooms connected by a

bathroom.

Six other rooms are equipped to meet the needs of students with

disabilities.

Guests have access to the Internet, the Seminary library card catalog,

and word processing software.

Three spaces at the Carol Gray Dupree Center for Children, a daycare

center for children age 18 months through kindergarten, are reserved

for continuing education participants, who pay $30 per day, or $15

for half-a-day.

Registration information, along with an extensive description of each

course, is available online at www.ptsem.edu.

Raritan Valley Community College: Corporate and

Continuing

Education, Route 28 and Lamington Road, Box 3300, Somerville

08876-1265.

Janet Luton Perantoni, dean. 908-218-8894; fax, 908-526-3576. Home

page: www.raritanval.edu

Raritan Valley has an especially strong curriculum in

teacher training and in continuing education for teachers. Other

specialties

include allied health, small business, technology, and professional

development.

For those trying to sort out the options, the school holds a free

Lifelong Educational Opportunity Orientation on Saturday, September

6, at 9 a.m. Also coming up in the area of professional development

are "Reinvent Yourself in Today’s Economy," a five-session

class, beginning on Tuesday, September 9, at a cost of $123;

"Power

Job Search: Career Assessment Testing," a two session class,

beginning

on Tuesday, September 16, at a cost of $87; and the appealingly-named

"Nine Choices of Extremely Happy People," a two session class,

beginning on Monday, October 20, at a cost of $48.

Full details on Raritan Valley’s extensive credit and non-credit

courses

is available online at www.raritanval.edu.

Rutgers University Academy for Lifelong Learning ,

191 College Avenue, c/o Division of Summer Session, New Brunswick

08901. Marvin Schlaffer, director. 732-932-7233; fax, 732-932-4745.

Over 50, and looking for some fun, nicely laced with mental

stimulation?

RU-ALL could be for you. Courses on computer languages, accounting

systems, and nanotechnology are available in surprising variety all

over our area, but all of that serious career-preparation, important

as it is, can be exhausting. RU-ALL provides a break.

It’s fun just to read its fall 2003 schedule (available in complete

detail at ruall.rutgers.edu.) Courses, and film series, include

"The Challenge of Play Reading," "Kings, Chronicles, and

Cabals," "A Non-Religious Approach to Spirituality,"

"Word

Play," "Food Flicks," "And Justice for All: The World

of Justice in Literature."

Many courses are given by and current or retired Rutgers faculty.

Classes begin on Monday, September 8. Participants may choose up to

two courses for a $100 fee or unlimited courses for $150. First time

registrants pay $50 for any combination of 20 weeks of courses.

The Center for Professional Advancement, 144 Tices

Lane, East Brunswick 08816. Charles Bendel, CEO. 732-238-1600; fax,

732-238-7659. Www.cfpa.com

Short courses at the New Brunswick and Princeton Hyatt in applied

industrial technology for working scientists and engineers.

West Windsor-Plainsboro Community Education,

Village

& South Mill Road, Box 505, Princeton Junction 08550-0248. Marci

Rubin,

director. 609-716-5030; fax, 609-716-5035.

Continuing education classes for adults, including computer classes,

ESL and GED.

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Continuing Ed at Colleges & Universities

College of New Jersey, 2000 Pennington Road, Box

7718, Ewing 08628-0718. R. Barbara Gitenstein, president.

609-771-1855;

fax, 609-771-3067. Www.tcnj.edu

Most of the certificate programs at the College of New Jersey are

in the fields of education or counseling, as are most of the graduate

programs. Certificate programs include alcohol and chemical dependency

counseling, substance awareness coordinator, teaching English as a

second language, reading specialist certification, and learning

disabilities

teacher/consultant special education certification.

Graduate degree programs include audiology, speech pathology,

educational

leadership, educational technology, health education, special

education,

and school counseling.

DeVry College of Technology, 630 Route 1 North,

North Brunswick 08902. Robert H. Bocchino, president. 732-435-4880;

fax, 732-435-4856. Home page: www.nj.devry.edu

Associate’s degrees in computer information systems,

telecommunications,

business administration, and associate’s and bachelor’s degrees in

electronics engineering technology and telecommunications.

Monmouth University, 400 Cedar Avenue, West Long

Branch 07764-1898. Rebecca Stafford, president. 732-571-3400; fax,

732-571-7589.

Those who need to switch to another career find a number of options

at Monmouth. In addition to a full complement of master’s degrees,

the school offers certificates that can be completed in as few as

12 credits. These certificates offer students who are not ready to

commit to a master’s degree a way to advance or switch careers

quickly.

Certificates include public relations, human resources communication,

criminal justice administration, professional counseling, and

substance

awareness.

Teaching appeals to many downsizing victims looking for an opportunity

to make a difference (and maybe thinking of those long summer

vacations,

too). Monmouth recently started offering a teacher preparation

program.

In a telephone survey of graduates of its 1999-2000 inaugural teacher

preparation program, the school discovered that 92 percent of

respondents

had found jobs in education.

Princeton University Program in Continuing

Education,

318 Nassau Hall , Princeton 08544. Blanche Scioli, program assistant.

609-258-5226; fax, 609-258-1294.

Www.princeton.edu/sites/pucsa/conted.htm.

Princeton’s Program in Continuing Education admits

qualified

area residents as well as university employees and their dependents

to undergraduate and graduate courses. The program, founded in 1973,

does not grant degrees and principally serves students who are

preparing

for a career change or entrance into professional or graduate school;

pursuing advanced training in their fields; resuming education after

a break; or seeking personal enrichment.

Qualified continuing education students may enroll in most Princeton

courses, along with Princeton undergraduates and graduate students.

Some limited enrollment courses may not be available.

Students are completely integrated into regular courses and

participate

fully in classes, precepts, laboratories, workshops, and studios.

They meet with faculty members, enjoy full library privileges, and

have their grades recorded on a regular Princeton transcript that

can be presented for transfer credit.

Tuition is $3,750 a course for area residents, but significantly less

for university employees, full-time K-12 New Jersey teachers, and

for retired employees and their spouses or same-sex domestic partners.

In addition to this for-credit program, Princeton offers a Community

Auditing Program (CAP). Through this program, area residents may audit

lectures on a non-credit basis for $75 per course. Participants are

not able to attend seminars, precepts, or labs, or to participate

in class discussions. The decision to accept auditors is made by the

professor.

Take Note: Registration in each of these programs is

closed for the fall semester. Call for spring registration dates,

which are generally in early-December. And mark your calendars for

next year. Fall registration generally extends through early July.

Rider University, 2083 Lawrence Road,

Lawrenceville

08648. Mordechai Rozanski, president. 609-896-5000; fax, 609-895-5681.

John H. Carpenter, dean, college of continuing studies. 609-896-5033;

fax, 609-896-5261. Home page: www.rider.edu

University with 5,456 students, 58 undergraduate and 17 graduate

programs

in business administration, liberal arts, education, sciences, and

music.

Rider University, College of Business

Administration,

2083 Lawrenceville Road, Lawrenceville 08648. Mark Sandberg, dean.

609-896-5152; fax, 609-896-5304.

MBA program, AACSB accredited, and undergraduate business with 11

majors.

Rutgers Graduate School of Management — Newark

and New Brunswick, 111 Washington Street, Newark 07102-1895. Howard

Tuckman, dean. 973-353-1234; fax, 973-353-1345. Home page:

business.rutgers.edu

Graduate business program offering an MBA with these concentrations:

pharmaceutical management, arts management, supply chain management,

entrepreneurship, and E-commerce.

Also an executive MBA and MBAs in pharmaceutical management and

professional

accounting, plus master of accounting degrees in governmental

accounting,

taxation, financial accounting, master of quantitative finance. Also

a PhD in management. Dual and joint degree programs include JD/MBA,

MS/MBA in biomedical sciences, masters of public health with and MBA,

and MD/MBA. Various offsite locations including Hopewell and

Plainsboro.

Three-quarters of the 1,516 graduate students attend part time.

Rutgers School of Business, 227 Penn Street, Camden

08102-1656. Michael Sapanic, director of marketing. 856-225-6452;

fax, 856-225-6231. Www.camden-sbc.rutgers.edu/cme

Rutgers’ Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and

Public Policy, 33 Livingston Avenue, Suite 300, New Brunswick

08901-1981.

James W. Hughes PhD, dean. 732-932-5475; fax, 732-932-1771.

Thomas Edison State College, 101 West State Street,

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

609-777-2956. Www.tesc.edu

Starting last year, Thomas Edison students were able

to enroll during any month of the year.

Thomas Edison students can not only earn an associate’s, bachelor’s

or master’s degree through study in their own homes, but they can

also receive credit toward a degree in a number of ways, including

taking tests, having portfolios and life experiences evaluated, and

presenting evidence of the completion of classes at other institutions

or at work.

Students are often surprised to find that they need to take only three

or four classes to earn a degree. The school’s website walks

prospective

students through a formula to determine the cost of obtaining a degree

in this manner.

A popular study option is the e-Pack class, through which students

are E-mailed lessons and tests, which they complete at their own pace.

The school offers master’s degrees in management and in professional

studies. Among its bachelor’s degrees are in nursing, human services,

health sciences, business administration, and applied science and

technology.

While study is virtual, there is a live, three-dimensional graduation.

Anyone who has spent a decade or two — or more — taking

classes

here and there, attending seminars at work, and racking up life

experience

through in-depth involvement in volunteer work or hobbies may find

that the dream of seeing themselves in cap and gown might be a whole

lot closer than they ever thought possible.

Westminster Choir College of Rider University,

101 Walnut Lane, Princeton 08540-3899. Robert L. Annis, dean.

609-921-7100;

fax, 609-921-6952. Www.westminster.rider.edu

Professional college of music, home of the Westminster Choir, a part

of Rider University.

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Degrees that Lead to the Corner Office

The Executive M.B.A. (EMBA) is often the key to the

executive suite. Students in these pricey programs, where tuition

is rarely much less than $50,000 and can go as high as $100,000 or

more, traditionally have been sponsored in full by their employers.

EMBA students tend to be stars, middle to upper-middle managers in

their mid-to-upper 30s with solid track records. In the past companies

have been happy not only to invest in them, but also to give them

generous amounts of time off for classes and study.

Times have changed. Employers are more reluctant to pay the full cost

of an EMBA program, and are also reluctant to give their best

employees

substantial time off. So more ambitious employees are footing part

of the tuition bills themselves, and a number of EMBA programs are

substituting some home study for mandatory Fridays on campus. The

greater flexibility is helping to attract students, who still think

the elite degree is bound to pay off — if not now, then surely

in a year or two.

EMBA programs differ from part-time and full-time MBA programs in

a number of ways (U.S. 1, April 10, 2002). Classes are small, and

students move together through the program, taking the same courses

at the same time, and forming close bonds with one another. Where

MBA programs offer a number of areas of concentration and a plethora

of elective choices, EMBA programs generally have no electives. An

important part of the EMBA experience is that students work on many

assignments as a team. Another bonding exercise is an international

trip, often of 10 days, to an economic hot spot.

Because entrance requirements are strict — most schools require

students to have from 5 to 10 years of business experience —

students

are as likely to learn from their peers as from their professor.

The cost typically includes everything from books and parking to

meals,

overnight stays, and all or part of a required international trip.

"Students just have to show up," says one admissions director,

pointing out that the cost would be not much higher than that of a

traditional MBA if all the costs incurred in obtaining the MBA were

added up. And the EMBA generally takes only about half as long to

complete. Perhaps most importantly, it offers the intangible but

potentially

priceless benefit of intense networking with fast-track fellow

students.

For all of the above reasons, some executives who find their employers

suddenly unwilling to foot the bill are now swallowing hard and

writing

the check themselves.

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Overnight Programs

Penn State Smeal Executive MBA program at the Gregg

Conference Center in Bryn Mawr, the Main Line suburb of Philadelphia

(814-863-8512, www.psuemba.org). Tuition is $82,000. Dennis

Sheehan,

who teaches finance at Penn State’s State College campus, is the

contact

person. The program’s website indicates that applications are still

being taken for the fall term, and that interested persons should

contact Sheehan as soon as possible.

In an interview just about one year ago, Sheehan said: "This is

a typical cohort-based program." Smeal’s State College professors

will teach in the 22-month program. With the third largest

undergraduate

business program in the country, Smeal has seven academic departments

and 10 research centers and institutes. In addition to traditional

subject areas — marketing, management, finance, real estate,

accounting

and information systems — it offers courses in converging

economies,

supply chain management, E-business, and entrepreneurship.

"The students will learn skills and gain insights from world

thought

leaders that are immediately applicable on the job," says Sheehan.

Sheehan says that sponsoring companies will also benefit from the

retention of their best talent and better succession planning.

"Not

only does the company gain a more energized and motivated

employee,"

he says, "but it also receives the opportunity to network with

other leading firms participating in the program."

Classes are be held every other weekend, from Friday through Saturday,

with an overnight stay on Friday night. Sheehan has taught under a

number of possible EMBA schedules and much prefers the two-day

overnight.

In his view, "With one day a week, it feels like a job — you

go nine to five and you don’t quite get the feeling of being in a

campus setting. The residential component clearly adds $15,000 to

$20,000 to the cost, but the students get more involved." Faculty

members join the students for the overnight stay, and even a student

who lives close by must participate. They love it: "I never found

a person who wanted to go home on Friday night."

While other schools report that employers are reluctant to give

workers

every other Friday off to attend classes, Sheehan said this has not

been an issue in Penn State’s recruitment efforts.

What is an issue among prospective students, he said, is the overall

time commitment. As is the case with most other area EMBA programs,

Penn State’s typical participant is in his mid-to-late 30s. Most

students

are male. This, says Sheehan, is in line with national EMBA enrollment

figures, which peg the percentage of females in the programs at 20

to 25 percent.

The University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School also uses the

overnight program and requires its students to stay on campus

(215-898-3430,

www.wharton.upenn.edu/mba). One of the most selective business

schools, it accepted only 25 percent of applicants in 2001.

If the tuition, about $115,000, seems expensive, consider that the

average salary of a Wharton EMBA student is $174,000, with the range

from $53,000 to $4 million. Average increase in salary at the end

of the program is 33.5 percent. Tuition includes the ground expenses

for a week’s international study, but students pay their own airfare.

The deadline for application to Wharton’s next class, beginning in

May 2004, is February 1, 2004. There is a recruiting reception on

Wednesday, September 24, at 5:30 p.m. at The Penn Club in New York

City.

Tuition at overnight EMBA programs is up this year. At

Villanova’s

Villanova’s College of Commerce and Finance (610-519-6443) the

tab is now $75,000, up some $5,000 from last year.

New to this program as of last year is a rolling admissions policy

with accelerated decisions. Generally, decisions are made within two

weeks after all application material is received.

Classes began on August 9 this year with a one-week residency. After

this initial phase, classes are held every other weekend, from Friday

at 9 a.m. to Saturday at 3:30 p.m. for 21 months.

Registration for the fall 2004 class begins in September. This year,

there were slots available right up until the last minute.

Students are required to stay on campus overnight. In the spring of

the first year, students have a week-long international experience

that focuses on one of a number of targeted emerging economies and

is designed to provide a broader understanding of the opportunities,

challenges, and risks in global business relationships through site

visits and exchanges with key business and government decision makers.

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Other Programs

St. Joseph’s Haub School of Business offers two EMBA

options that alternate between Fridays and Saturdays (610-660-1692,

www.sju.edu/emba). A one-year, 30-credit weekend program is for those

who already have an undergraduate business degree, and a 21-month,

48-credit, five-semester weekend program.

The one-year program is a common sense response to the desire of

students

with business degrees to skip the base courses they took as

undergraduates.

A recent addition to the Haub School is a live Wall Street trading

room. Other features of the program include standard-issue laptops

to do away with hardware conflicts, and an extensive one-on-one

executive

coaching component.

Other executive level advanced degrees offered at Haub are an M.S.

in Food Marketing and an M.S. in Pharmaceutical marketing.

Rutgers’ Executive EMBA program is located in the Graduate

School

of Management in Newark (973-353-5015, www.emba.rutgers.edu). Classes

meet all day on alternate Fridays and Saturdays at the school’s Newark

campus. Tuition is $13,853 per semester for state residents and

$16,648

for out-of-staters.

First-year students spend two weeks in three European countries, and,

as of this year, the cost of the trip, minus airfare, is included

in tuition.

Though most executive MBA programs require work experience, usually

five years, the Rutgers program requires 10 years of experience.

Tuition for the executive MBA program at Temple University’s

Fox School of Business and Management is about $47,000. The class

of 2004 has an average of 17 years in the workforce and 11 years in

management. The average student age is 41, and 35 percent of all

students

are female.

The Fox School has cut-back on Friday classes, going from two a month

to just one. There are two Saturday classes, and the fourth class

is virtual.

The school is holding an information session on Saturday, September

6, at 9:30 a.m. at the ACE Center in Lafayette Hill, Pennsylvania.

At Drexel University’s Lebow School of Business (215-895-2115,

www.drexel.edu) tuition for the executive MBA program is approximately

$49,000.

Lebow offers two different EMBA schedules, the traditional alternating

Friday and Saturday schedule and an evening schedule, with classes

held two evenings a week — from 6 to 9 p.m. — for 24 months.

The Fairleigh Dickinson University Silberman College of Business

Administration offers an executive MBA in Health Systems Managment

in addition to its general EMBA. Classes take place at its conference

center in Madison. (201-692-2000, www.fdu.edu).

Cost for the EMBA is $42,750, unchanged from last year, and includes

a two-week seminar overseas. FDU has other advanced business degree

programs, including an unusual MBA in pharmaceutical and chemical

studies that can be taken in the evenings.

— Kathleen McGinn Spring

Traditional Part-time MBA Programs

In addition to executive MBA programs, many area schools

offer traditional part-time MBA programs. Among the most popular

options

is a three-year, part-time, evening schedule. Seton Hall,

Rutgers/Camden,

Rowan, Ramapo College, Rider, the New Jersey Institute of Technology,

Monmouth University, and Georgian Court College all offer this option.

Rider University’s part-time evening MBA costs about $520 per

credit hour (609-896-5036, www.rider.edu). Most students taking

evening

and weekend courses complete the MBA in three years. Concentrations

are available in finance, marketing, global business, healthcare,

and management. A recent addition is a concentration in

entrepreneurship.

The application deadline for the fall session was August 1. The

deadline

for the spring session is May 1.

The school has about 450 students who are studying part time for an

MBA and about 50 studying full time.

New Jersey Institute of Technology School of Management’s MBA

program in Newark costs $652 per credit for state residents, and $847

per credit for everyone else.

That amounts to an overall fee of about $16,000 for residents, $22,600

for non-residents, plus $1,500 for other fees (973-596-3300,

www.management.njit.edu).

The deadline for applications for the spring semester is October 15.

Seton Hall University’s Stillman School of Business in South

Orange (973-761-9262, www.business.shu.edu) charges $646 per credit

for part-time MBA courses. Master’s degrees are also available in

law, international studies, health administration, and nursing.

Georgian Court University in Lakewood (732-364-2200, extension

660, www.georgian.edu) costs $340 per credit or $22,050 for the

program.

Monmouth University in West Long Branch (732-571-3434,

www.monmouth.edu)

costs $523 per credit. Up to 18 credits can be waived. Programs

include

the general MBA, accounting, and healthcare, and each requires a

different

number of credits, from 30 to 54.

Ramapo College in Mahway (201-684-7080, www.ramapo.edu)

charges $329 per credit hour for residents, $372 for non-residents.

It is known for its cooperative education program.

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Hands-On Education Pays Off at MCCC

Just nine months after they switched majors and began

courses toward an associate degree in Energy Utility Technology at

Mercer County Community College, four students have graduated and

have found full-time jobs with Public Service Electric and Gas Company

(PSE&G). Others will be continuing their studies this fall, along

with other newly enrolled students.

The program began in January of this year through a partnership

between

MCCC and PSE&G. Course work covers math, science, utility technology,

electrical construction and utility installations. PSE&G provide

students

with additional apprenticeship training at its Edison Training Center.

After completing the formal apprenticeship program, students are

eligible

to continue training through a paid summer internship with PSE&G,

earning about $14 an hour.

The program not only prepares students for a career, but also offers

them flexibility for continuing their education. The first of its

kind in New Jersey, the program may be expanded to other community

colleges within the state.

— Kathleen McGinn Spring


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