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Professional and Community Education
Equipping businesses in multiple sectors with in-depth business expertise and
continuing education is a long-standing tradition in OU's SBA. Now housed in the
CIBRE, the SBA will continue providing outstanding professional education in
financial planning, paralegal and CPA certification, the preparation of
professionals (accounting, engineering, teachers and others), product management
and advanced placement.
In addition, CIBRE will expand outreach activities and partnerships to
address critical educational and economic issues - from the retraining and
re-education of business professionals and displaced workers as well as advising
businesses on key issues such as hiring and training, starting up or expanding
in the marketplace, retooling to remain competitive and much more.
Futures Council (BFC): The driving force behind the SBA's BFC,
founded in 2007, is to bring senior executives from various industries
together to engage them in a dialog on future business trends and
challenges. Segregated by industry, executives from manufacturing, IS
leadership, health care, and global and entrepreneurial companies were
invited to begin meeting in 2008 for intense discussions about critical
issues such as: what should education in this field look like; what
educational components can the SBA develop; what experiential activities
should SBA students be encouraged to explore; and the role industry can play
in education. Bridging the gap between academic theory and real-world
practice, the BFC participants work together to better educate and prepare
future employees while shaping future research projects. BFCs in other
segments are planned for 2009 including entrepreneurship, global business
education, IS leadership, health care management and others.
Share Knowledge: To bridge the gap between theory and practice.
SBA organizes several forums, symposia and conferences in topics ranging
from information technology (applied technology, IS leadership), economics (Gorlin
Lectures), marketing (Issue forums) and others (cultural sensitivity in
global business, lean management and health care management). CIBRE will
continue to host such forums to educate students, faculty and working
professionals on contemporary issues.
- Community Support: Business schools have the
unique opportunity to support economic development. CIBRE seizes this
opportunity by continuing to support the ongoing work SBA faculty conduct
with non-profit and governmental organizations as well as small businesses.
By sharing the knowledge and expertise of business faculty, CIBRE will
continue to provide necessary support to businesses - small and large - as
they face today's key challenges.
SBA faculty and student participation in projects such as operational
Services Alliance (Oakland, Macomb and Detroit), Legacy project (with
Rochester Hills organization), Resource repository project (with Rochester
Mayor's office) demonstrate CIBRE's commitment to support such community
engagement. The SBA's current and ongoing participation in activities of Detroit
Export Consortium (DEC) and Automation Alley, Detroit Entrepreneurship Institute
and Detroit Black Expo also demonstrates this commitment.
Professional Education: Regardless of industry, employment rates
and the economy, professional development is an investment that pays
immediate and long range dividends for individuals and the local economy. In
response to the economic need and opportunities in Southeastern Michigan,
the SBA is working with Michigan Works to develop and expand a number of new
programs to retain our work force and prevent brain drain. The CIBRE offers
individuals and business partners a variety of seminars, workshops and
programs to help those looking to enhance or learn new skills to advance in
their careers or expand their career possibilities.
New and established certificate programs offer residents a chance to take
positive action during economically challenging times by assisting individuals
retool for new careers or enhance current skills for job security or
advancement. Through CIBRE, the SBA offers high quality and respected programs:
certificate programs include:
- Certified Financial Planning: Only 15 programs nationally are 20 years
or better. Instructors from the SBA's program sit on the CFP Board of
Standards. financial planning review. A CFP ethics course is available
- Paralegal: One of the oldest and respected ABA-sponsored programs
- Automotive Product Development Management
- Various review programs and workshops including quantitative methods,
project management, and appraisal
New program offerings in development include:
- Health Care Worker Certifications
- Product Life Cycle Management Certificate
- Post bachelor's certificate in special areas
- Business Law on contracts and intellectual property
- Expanded Outreach: Community Learning and
CIBRE's focus also includes the important element of youth education. Several community-based programs support educating youth in ways that prepare them for success in higher education, business and life.
- Financial Literacy: A partnership between OU's
SBA and the YMCA will provide approximately 4,500 children - grades kindergarten
through eighth grade - an important foundation in financial literacy in 2009,
thanks to a program partly funded by United Way. Financial literacy is an
important skill at any time, but even more so as the nation faces a significant
economic crisis. The SBA's long and successful history in providing value for
the financial and investment industries community - and particularly the high
caliber of its longstanding Certified Financial Planning (CFP) program - will ensure that a strong and
successful curriculum in financial literacy education will be developed and
implemented for this important YMCA program.
- Oakland Schools Partnership: Through partnerships
with various schools in Oakland County, the CIBRE provides a nationally reputed
Advanced Placement teacher education program, an award-winning entrepreneurship
program for economically disadvantaged youth and expanded programs for youth
that include a join business and engineering camp and a business