Every course has assignments that are completed in the workplace, assuring that what students learn can be put to immediate use. “If you’re new to the program, you will soon realize that they weren’t kidding when they advertised that learned skills will be immediately applicable to your professions,” said program graduate Gary Korzan from Elyria, Ohio.

Students not only apply and analyze what they have learned; they synthesize their learning into creating new instruction and programs. In addition, students conduct program evaluation using the criteria established by the Joint Committee on Standards for Educational Evaluation.

The final course in the degree program is a Comprehensive Project, which is completed in the workplace. It connects classroom learning with application on the job and provides creative experiences that support career advancement. Students are assisted with project placement by their academic advisor. Recent projects include:

  • Developing a training program for legal secretaries in a Chicago-based law office with additional offices in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and Washington, DC.
  • Designing a CBT refresher course for an electrical maintenance procedure for a nuclear power plant.
  • Implementing a $660,000 workforce grant for females and minorities to receive training through a community college to enter union building trades.
  • Developing and coordinating leadership training for a state council of Boy Scouts of America.
  • Establishing the first costume library/research center for an international academy of design and technology.
  • Designing online professional development courses for a state deaf and hard of hearing commission