Friday, March 20, 2009

Healthcare Management Program

New for fall 2009!
This fall, Champlain College will launch its new Healthcare Management Program. The program will include a full spectrum of professional certificates on the undergraduate and graduate levels as well as a Bachelor’s Completer Degree (for students who have already earned a 2-year Associates Degree) and a Master’s of Science degree.

This program was designed to meet the enormous job growth in the healthcare sector which is expected to outpace that of the overall economy over the next decade. Employment of medical and health services managers is expected to grow 16% from 2006 to 2016, faster than average for all occupations. Increases in medical innovations, as well as challenges in controlling costs, while maintaining high quality care, are driving the demand for managers in this industry.

Building on our strengths in management and information technology, Champlain’s new comprehensive program in Healthcare Management focuses on management in the healthcare environment, performance management, and information systems as strategic tools for quality improvement and cost containment.

The program which was built with the involvement of a wide range of industry representatives and is designed to meet the current and future workforce needs of this growing industry. For more information about this program or to enroll this fall, please contact Dr. Mika Nash, Associate Dean.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

How Nonprofits (or any organization) Can Succeed...

How nonprofits can succeed in the new sustainability paradigm: 6 big lessons from social media.

1. Be nimble but think long term.

Resist fear-based crisis thinking and strive for focused clarity. Respond quickly when it’s advantageous or necessary, but make sure even your quickest actions are in the long-term best interest of your organization.

2. Experiment and analyze.
As one foundation executive recently put it—this is not about doing more with less but doing differently with less.

3. Build and use networks strategically.
Social media are about everyone getting into the conversation; network-building on a world-wide scale. Nonprofits and foundations have been paying lip-service to networking for years, but now it’s time to get seriously intentional and collaborative. Going forward, working together will be a more successful business model than competing with each other.

4. Let the public in.
If you haven’t already, consider opening up a conversation with the public. Don’t just ask for support, ask for their ideas and participation–then listen, keep them engaged, and thank them.

5. Engage young people.
Many young people are passionate about social causes and talented at using the Web 2.0 media that can help you raise awareness and even money. Reach out to them now.

6. Focus on impact.
Activity is important, but impact is more important. Impact is becoming more significant in not only foundation and government funding decisions but also among donors who view themselves as investors looking for the highest yield. Nonprofits need to develop effective, systematic ways of measuring and communicating the human impact of their activities.

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Monday, March 9, 2009

Management Excellence Seminar begins April 17

Champlain College’s Workforce Development Center will again offer its highly successful Management Excellence Seminar Series beginning on April 17.

The Management Excellence Seminar Series is targeted to new and recently promoted managers and provides a set of skills to meet the challenges of:

  • Managing, developing and motivating people
  • Decision making
  • Resolving conflicts
  • Allocating financial resources
  • Understanding employment law basics
  • Managing across generations

Tapping into Champlain’s talent pool, the seminar series is delivered by highly qualified practitioner faculty from the Continuing Professional Studies and Business Divisions including an attorney specializing in employment law. Each day will also feature a keynote lunch speaker.

Seminars are scheduled for April 17, 24 & May 1, 7 & 8. A $200 early bird discount is available until March 20. Additionally manufacturing, healthcare, environmental, IT and telecommunications companies will receive $800 in tuition reimbursement with each full registration from the Vermont Training Program. provides more information as well as easy and secure online registration. For questions or registration assistance email