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.

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Schedule at a Glance

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Apr 5 | Excel Specialist Boot Camp

This condensed 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.

Optional Professional Credential:           Microsoft Office Specialist- Excel

When:           Wednesday, April 5 and Thursday, April 6 from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm

Where:         ASAC 206                          Instructor:    Stephanie Giese

Cost:             $299 with certificate, $179 course only

 

May 2 | Supervisor Skill Development (Burlington)

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 successful. As a result, they will fulfill their responsibilities to senior management as well as the staff they supervise while impacting the bottom line.

Appropriate for developing supervisors in all industries!

Professional Credential: Certificate of Completion. Hospitality industry supervisors may qualify to take the American Hotel and Lodging Certified Hospitality Supervisor (CHS®).*

When:                Tuesday, May 2; Wednesday, May 3; and Thursday, May 4, 2017;

9:00am to 4:00pm

Location:            Hotel Vermont: 41 Cherry St, Burlington, VT 05401

Room: American Room

Instructor:          Heidi Krantz and Jamie Struck

Cost:                   $349 includes 22 hours of instruction and workbook (yours to keep)

 

May 24 | Supervisor Skill Development

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 successful. As a result, they will fulfill their responsibilities to senior management as well as the staff they supervise while impacting the bottom line. Appropriate for developing supervisors in all industries!

Wednesday, May 24 and Thursday, May 25, 2017, 8:30am to 4:30pm

Location: Lyndon State College Campus, classroom TBD

Instructor: Bill Morison

Cost: $349

 

May 31 | Guest Service Excellence (Burlington)

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.

Professional Credential: American Hotel and Lodging Certified Guest Service Professional

When:                 Wednesday, May 31st, 2017 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm

Location:            Hotel Vermont: 41 Cherry St, Burlington, VT 05401

Room: Juniper Hall

Instructor:          Dr. Todd Comen, Associate Professor of Business and Hospitality Management,

Johnson State College

Cost:                   $ 85 with exam includes workbook (yours to keep)

 

Jun 1 | Hospitality Department Trainer (Burlington)

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.

Professional Credential: American Hotel and Lodging Certified Hospitality Department Trainer (CHT®)

When:                 Thursday, June 1 and Friday, June 2, 2017 from 9am to 4pm

Location:            Courtyard Burlington Harbor Hotel, 25 Cherry St, Burlington, VT 05401

Room: Independence

Instructor:          Dr. Todd Comen, Associate Professor of Business and Hospitality Management,

Johnson State College

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

 

Jun 1 | Guest Service Excellence

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Location: TBD at Lyndon State College

Instructor: Carrie Gendreau

Cost: $85 includes instruction, certification exam, and workbook (yours to keep)

 

Jun 9 | IMBA Level One Instructor

Dates: June 9 – 11

Location: TBA at Lyndon State College

Instructor: IMBA Certified Instructor

Cost: $495 for current IMBA members. $550 for non-IMBA members.

The IMBA Instructor Certification Program (ICP) offers professional training and certification for individuals who lead group rides or teach mountain bike skills clinics. With the ICP, IMBA is building on proven, successful methods nearly two decades in development, and aims to establish a global standard for mountain bike skills instructor training.

 

Jul 11 | Ethnocuisine

Explore the complex roles of food from an anthropological perspective. Food is a universal aspect of the human experience with specific cultural, symbolic, economic, and historical corollaries.  Review the ethics and implications of food and illustrate how the peasant food of Third World nations and hunter/gatherer cuisine is far superior to a fast-food diet. Assignments include preparing a variety of food in your own kitchen from produce you buy locally in your region.

Professional Credential: Certificate of Completion

When:              July 11-Aug 15, 2017        

Study at your own pace in this 100% online course  

Instructor:       Janet Bennion

Cost:                $349

 

Jul 19 | Single Pitch Instruction Class and Assessment

The Single Pitch Instructor (SPI) course teaches climbing instructors to proficiently facilitate and instruct the sport of rock climbing in a single pitch setting. The SPI is the only internationally recognized single pitch climbing instructor certification program* in the United States. It was developed to fit in the AMGA Rock program. The program is for current, active rock climbers who have a real desire to teach rock climbing in a single pitch setting.

Optional Professional Credential:             AMGA Single Pitch Instructor Certification

When:             Instruction on Wednesday 7/19 – Friday 7/21, 2017

AMGA Single Pitch Instructor assessment on Thursday 7/27 & Friday 7/28, 2017

Location:          Meet at ASAC 214 on first day of class at 8:30 am

Instructor:       Ben Mirken

Price:
$485 for instruction

$325 for assessment

 

Jul 22 | Wilderness First Aid and CPR

When:                 Saturday, July 22, 2017 from 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (WFA training & CPR training & testing)

July 23, 2017 from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (WFA training and testing)

Location:            Lyndon State College campus, classroom TBD

Instructor:          John Kascenska

Cost:                   $215 for instruction and assessment

DEADLINE for REGISTRATION:               July 1, 2017 – Please note registration is with third party

 

Certification Testing

Apr 7 | Microsoft Office Specialist and Intuit QuickBooks Certification Testing

Register for the Intuit QuickBooks and/or Microsoft Office 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.

Professional Credential:Microsoft Office Specialist- Excel or Intuit Certified User- QuickBooks

When:              Friday, April 7, 2017 from 10:00am to 12:00pm

Where:            LAC 204 Second floor of the library on the Lyndon State College campus

Cost:                Microsoft Office $115 per exam plus $15 registration and proctor fee.

Intuit User Specialist QuickBooks $149 per exam plus $15 registration and proctor fee.

Already have an exam voucher? Register for the exam and pay $15 proctor through registration link.