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UW Colleges Offer Business Communication Course

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“Creating a Motivating Environment”

The University of Wisconsin Colleges has made available a non-credit Business Communication Certificate offered completely online. Consisting of five courses and two electives, participants can enroll in one or several courses of their choice, or complete all core courses and one elective to earn the certificate.

The next course, “Creating a Motivating Environment” begins January 12, 2004. Whether you are a team player, leader, supervisor or manager, you can have an influence in creating a motivating environment. Given the right set of conditions, tools and the right environment, all employees can become more motivated, empowered and productive. This course is taught by Stuart Fields, a trainer, consultant and coach in leadership and management Fields has extensive experience in design, delivery and administration of employee education programs. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a master’s degree from the School for International Training, Brattleboro, VT.

“The UW Colleges has campuses in 13 locations across Wisconsin,” states Diane Pillard, Director of Continuing Education for the UW Colleges. “Our community business contacts have expressed a need to strengthen the communication skills of employees. We addressed those needs by developing several core courses that are aimed at strengthening business communication skills and promoting team building. Because those employees usually work full-time, we opted to offer these instructor-led courses online, so participants can complete the coursework at their convenience,” she added. The University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley in Menasha is one of the UW Colleges.

Each course runs for six weeks and includes 6-12 lessons. Interactive quizzes, assignments, tutorials, and online discussion areas supplement the lessons. Courses begin monthly and include: Constructing Clear Messages, Leading Others Whether or Not You’re the Boss, Problem Solving & Decision Making, Understanding & Managing Conflict, Effective Business Writing, and Building & Sustaining Teamwork.

To participate, students must have Internet access, an e-mail address, and Netscape or

Internet Explorer Web browser. Students log in from the comfort of their own home or office, at times that are most convenient to them. Fees are $89 per course, or $475 for the certificate program (six courses). For further information, or to register, contact Kathy Palmer, UW-Manitowoc Director of Continuing Education, at 1-800-859-8334.

Posted 12/18/2003