Center for Professional Studies

Reach your professional goals with online and in-class certificate courses.

Lyndon State College’s Center for Professional Studies offers non-degree education such as certificate, diploma, and licensure programs through both traditional learning and online platforms. We will get you on your way to career advancement.

Schedule at a Glance

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Sept 9 | QuickBooks Boot Camp

Instructor: Stephanie Giese, MS in Management Science

When: Instruction on last four Saturdays in September from 9am to 1pm (9/9, 9/16, 9/23, 9/30)

Location: QuickBooks Lab in classroom ASAC 206 on the Lyndon State College campus

Pre-requisite: Financial accounting or prior experience with QuickBooks

Cost: $299 includes 16 hours of instruction from a QuickBooks Master and text book (a savings of nearly $250 from the online option).
$ 449 includes 16 hours of instruction from a QuickBooks Master and text book. Also, includes Intuit® QuickBooks Certified User Exam voucher (a $149 value) with a retake PLUS three practice tests. This exam is ideal for the QuickBooks Certification, either in Intuit QuickBooks Certified User 2016 or Intuit QuickBooks Certified User 2015.

Who participates?
• Job seekers wanting to earn a certification that employers value,
• Employees looking to move to the next level through a flexible, cost-effective program,
• Employers looking to increase confidence in their employees’ skills,
• Students looking for professional education option (no credit).

Become an Intuit QuickBooks Certified User and stand out from the crowd. This intensive training teaches the fundamentals of Intuit’s QuickBooks. Ideal for those who have a basic understanding of accounting, this hands-on workshop teaches practical application as well as provides an opportunity for nationally- recognized certification through Intuit. You’ll come away with a solid foundation in the leading accounting system, practical knowledge you can apply daily, and the tools to evaluate a company’s financial status so you can make business decisions with confidence.

 

Sep 10 | Fundamentals of Project Management

Project management opportunities are around us all the time and in all market sectors. On the surface they may not seem like projects but if you look at what makes up the definition of a project you will see that there are always a lot of projects going on at the same time. Complex assignments require a clear objective, good communication, thoughtful planning, and responsible leadership. This training offers tactics to manage resources and time effectively, keep the budget under control, and provides methods for troubleshooting to solve common problems. This Certificate of Completion meets the PMI requirement for the Project Management Professional certification exam.

Weekly conference call

When:              September 10- October 7, 2017

Study at your own pace in this 100% online course

Instructor:       Kathy Bertone

Cost:                $598 for single course

** Special Fall 2017 pricing**$ 999 for Fundamentals and Agile course- Saves $200

$3199 for Fundamentals, Agile, and PMP Boot Camp- Saves $298

 

Sept 11 | Make Social Media Your Ally

When:              Monday evenings from September 11 to October 23 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm
(No class on October 9 in observance of the Columbus Day holiday)

Where:            ASAC 315
Instructors:      Tim Egan
Cost:                $469 includes instruction, customized assessment, access to software, and your social media tool kit upon course completion

*** Fall 2017 Special – Round out your social media content generation skills by adding Adobe Photoshop class for $799 ($100 savings)

Over 70% of Americans use social media daily. Make social media work to your advantage to drive more customers to your business, increasing visiting frequency and spending. This intense interactive social media boot camp gives you hand –on tools to create a clear and concise message for your business or organization, your brand, and your product or service. Drive customers your way by learning key skills in this interactive class:  Best uses for Twitter as a public relations tool; Maximizing Facebook to engage with your community as well as monitor and respond to feedback of your posts; How Instagram works to take photos and alert consumers of sales or trending products, people or places; Employing Pinterest as both an internal brainstorming tool and a marketing tool; and master the power of web-based video – easy to make, post and distribute, right on your smartphone!

 

Oct 3 | Excel Specialist Boot Camp for Business

When: Tuesday, October 3 and Thursday, October 5, 2017 from 4pm to 8pm

Where: LAC 204

Instructor:  Stephanie Giese

Cost: $299 with certificate, $179 course only

*** Fall 2017 Special- Both courses and MOS certificate exam for $449***

One day of dedicated instruction empowers you to create and edit basic worksheets and workbooks. This course is designed for those who want to gain the necessary skills to produce, edit, format, and print basic Microsoft Excel 2016 worksheets.

 

Oct 8 | Agile Project Management

Today organizations are scrambling to become lean and agile for meeting changing customer needs and expectations, and for efficiently producing high-quality products, services, and solutions. The need to be agile and cost-effective has been intensified further by growing global competition, continuous innovation in technology, and by incredibly short time-to-market requirements. Like any change, the transition to agile is hard and requires not only organizational and personal commitment but also people with knowledge and experience in agile methodologies.

A weekly half hour coaching session is offered to all class participants in the form of a conference call.

*This Certificate of Completion meets the PMI requirement for the Project Management Professional certification exam.

When:              October 8- October 28, 2017

Study at your own pace in this 100% online course               Instructor:       Kathy Bertone

Cost:                $498 for single course

** Special Fall 2017 pricing**$ 999 for Fundamentals and Agile course- Saves $200

$3199 for Fundamentals, Agile, and PMP Boot Camp- Saves $298

 

Oct 21 | Adobe Photoshop Boot Camp

When: Saturdays from October 21 to November 18, 2017, 9am to 1pm

Where: Classroom TBD

Instructor:  Harry Muller

Cost: $999 with Adobe Certified Associate, Photoshop exam, $884 course only

Gain expert-level skills in manipulating and retouching images. This Photoshop class is an entry level but essential for all levels of Photoshop users interested in Adobe certification. Learn how to properly use Photoshop’s tools, discover how to retouch and color correct photographic images, and receive an introduction to professional imaging workflows. Advanced Photoshop users with no formal training will also benefit from this class as tips, tricks, keyboard shortcuts and essential foundation skills are covered throughout this class.

 

Nov 5 | Project Management Professional Certification Boot Camp (Online)

The Project Management Professional (PMP) certificate is considered the premier project management credential. Project Management International requires PMP candidates to undergo a grueling four-hour exam. This online boot camp provides a condensed version of everything you need to fine tune your skills and take the exam with confidence. A weekly half hour coaching session is offered to all class participants in the form of a conference call.

When:              November 5-November 18, 2017

Study at your own pace in this online course             Instructor:       Kathy Bertone

Cost:                $ 2399 for PMP Boot Camp

** Special Fall 2017 pricing**$ 999 for Fundamentals and Agile course- Saves $200

$3199 for Fundamentals, Agile, and PMP Boot Camp- Saves $298

 

Nov 7 | Excel Expert for Business

When: Tuesday, November 7 and Thursday, November 9, 2017 from 4pm to 8pm

Where: LAC 204

Instructor:  Stephanie Giese

Cost: $299 with certificate, $179 course only

*** Fall 2017 Special- Both courses and MOS certificate exam for $449***

One day of dedicated instruction empowers you to create professional-looking budgets, financial statements, team performance charts, sales invoices, data-entry logs and more. Link your learning to a credential valued by employers and gain an important edge in today’s competitive job market.  You’ll be prepared to earn the Microsoft Office Specialist Excel certificate by the end of the boot camp.

 

Nov 11 | Microsoft Office Specialist and Intuit QuickBooks Certification Testing

When: Saturday, November 11, 2017, 9am to 1pm

Where: LAC 204

Cost: $115 per Microsoft Office Specialist exam; $149 per Intuit QuickBooks exam

Register for the Intuit QuickBooks and/or Microsoft Specialist Excel Certification Exam in the Lyndon State College Certiport Authorized Testing Center. Anticipated testing time for both exams is one hour. Note the last exam start will be at 11:45am. All exam costs include a test voucher for the relevant exam and the opportunity to retake the exam. Costs include a $15.00 proctor and access fee.

Hospitality Certification Program

Nov 3 | Guest Service Excellence with Trip Advisor skills

Professional Credential: Certified Guest Service Professional

When: Friday, November 3, 2017, 8:30 am to 12:30 pm

Cost: $85 includes four hours of instruction, workbook (yours to keep), and exam fee

Five-star service begins with your employees and service is more important than ever in a tough, tight, and competitive market. Excellent guest service is not an expense, but an investment. Move beyond the standard guest service training and get recognized for implementing and achieving guest service best practices.

Nov 8 | Hospitality Trainer Development

Professional Credential: Certified Hospitality Department Trainer

When: Wednesday, November 8 & Friday, 10, 2017, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

Cost: $299 includes 16 hours of instruction, workbook (yours to keep), and exam fee

This train- the- trainer program teaches department managers how to prepare and create staff trainings, communicate effectively as an instructor, and provide feedback in on-the –job training situations. The best practices shared in this course prepare managers to understand how adults learn and present information in an actionable and engaging way. Aimed at up-and coming- department trainer, this training gives confidence to managers who have taken on the additional responsibility of training others.

Nov 15 | Supervisor Skill Development

Professional Credential: Certified Hospitality Supervisor*

When: Wednesday, November 15 & Thursday, November 16, 2017, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

Cost: $349 includes 16 hours of instruction and workbook (yours to keep)

*Additional fee and qualification requirements may apply

Most people naturally want to do a good job. Successful managers recognize this fact and seek to channel workers’ efforts in ways that will benefit the business. Move valued employees into management positions by teaching them to communicate effectively, motivate employees, resolve workplace conflicts, and gain the respect, trust, and support of staff.  Enable your new supervisors to see themselves as leaders by gaining the level of self- awareness needed to be a successful. As a result, they will fulfill their responsibilities to senior management as well as the staff they supervise while impacting the bottom line.

Certification Testing Centers

Lyndon State College has partnered with several of the leading high stakes computerized testing organizations to deliver professional, industry, academic, and state certification and licensure exams.

 

Certiport Testing Center

Vermont’s Only Public Certiport Testing Center for Microsoft, Intuit, and Adobe Certification

Lyndon State College is a Certiport Authorized Testing Centers, able to offer exams in the Microsoft products and Intuit QuickBooks. Certiport delivers certification exams through a specialized, worldwide network of 12,000 Certiport Authorized Testing Centers. Centers are uniquely positioned to provide the highest level of reliable, performance-based testing.

To purchase an exam voucher, go to Certiport website or contact the Center Director at (802) 626-4867 or credirector@lyndonstate.edu.

A $15 proctor fee per exam applies and is a separate charge from the Certiport fee.

Exams are scheduled between Monday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

To make a reservation, contact CREdirector@lsc.vsc.edu or call 802 626-4867.

 

Pearson Vue Testing Center

The Lyndon State College Center for Professional Studies hosts an authorized Pearson VUE testing center.  Pearson VUE is the leading provider of global computer-based testing solutions for information technologies, academic, government, and professional testing programs.

Lyndon State College partners with Pearson VUE to provide our students and members of the community access to hundreds of academic and industry-recognized exams to test candidates pursuing key industry certifications from leading programs. Exam options span professional licensure and certification exams such as Certified Healthcare Technology Specialist (CHTS), National Strength and Conditioning Association, and  North Eastern Joint Apprenticeship & Training (NEAT), as well as information technology exams like Cisco, CompTIA, EMC, HP, LPI, Oracle and VMware.

Exams may be purchased and scheduled directly on the Pearson Vue website. The exam center is open on Mondays from 9am to 5pm or by special appointment that can be set up calling the Center for Professional Studies. Contact the Director at (802) 626-4867 or credirector@LyndonState.edu.  Proctor fees for tests offered through Pearson Vue are included when registering on the Pearson Vue website.