Indiana State University is pleased to announce a comprehensive skills training program to certify our students’ professional skills and to ensure our graduates are ready for the workplace. The program includes an array of certifications, both university-administered and third-party offerings, along with an expanded student employment professional skills training that will ensure students are learning and using professional work-place skills in their student employment positions. Students will receive verification of the skills obtained through a notation on their co-curricular transcript.
The skills certificates enable students to enhance their attractiveness to employers by completing one or more non-credit certifications coordinated through the Career Center. The first 5 certifications that are open to registration are described below. Additional certifications will launch throughout the 2013-14 academic year.
Sycamore Career Ready Certificate (Career Center)
The Sycamore Career Ready Certificate is designed to prepare Indiana State University students for internship and professional job search proficiency as well as the graduate school application and admission process. This model ensures that students who complete the program have received extensive professional development in career planning and written and oral communication skills related to the job search. Students earn the Sycamore Career Ready Certificate based on the set of proficiencies they demonstrate in:
- Professional Identity (exploring strengths, ideal careers, and developing tools to market skills to employers)
- Professional Experience (building relevant experience as well as training in professional practices)
- Professional Skills (developing core, transferrable skills including communication, teamwork and problem solving)
The Sycamore Career Ready Certificate is a part of the INdorsed Career Ready Graduate program sponsored by the Career Development Professionals of Indiana, Inc. (CDPI). The INdorsed Career Ready Graduate program is a statewide standard used by Indiana colleges and universities to certify students’ preparation for professional work.
For more information and to register for the Sycamore Career Ready Certificate, see http://www.indstate.edu/carcen/students/careerReady.aspx
Workplace Professional Skills Certificate (Career Center)
The Workplace Professional Skills Certificate is designed to train Indiana State University students in professional workplace skills that will benefit them in their student employment positions as well as their internships and future professional employment. This model ensures that students who complete the program have received supplemental training applicable to the demands of the job market. Students will be able to address topics such as professional customer service, diversity training, sexual harassment prevention, confidentiality and communication skills. To receive the certificate, students will complete five required modules and 10 elective modules through Sycamore eLearning powered by SkillSoft. Students are also required to complete a minimum of 300 hours of student employment with one department in order to qualify for the certificate. Completion of this certificate program does not guarantee employment.
For more information and to register for the Student Workplace Professional Skills Certificate – http://www.indstate.edu/carcen/students/workplaceProSkills.aspx
Certified Peer Educator Training (Student Health Promotion)
Educator (CPE) training helps peer educators develop leadership skills to be able to successfully develop and implement campus programs. CPE training covers skills needed by peer educators on health, wellness and safety topics such as: becoming a caring health helper, awareness on health and safety risks and prevention programs, how to make referrals for students at risk, conduct educational programs and events, increase leadership abilities, increase awareness of personal wellness, and teach team building. ISU’s CPE training is provided by the BACCHUS Network and consists of 9 topic modules.
For more information, please see www.indstate.edu/shp. To register for the Certified Peer Educator training, please contact Aimee Janssen-Robinson at Aimee.Janssen-Robinson@indstate.edu.
Team Facilitation Certificate (Department of Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport)
This program will prepare students to work with groups in an experiential context for purposes related to team and individual. Concepts explored will relate to experiential education, group development, and adventure-challenge education. Multiple-methods of learning will be offered, including lecture, role- playing, activity participation, individual reflection, and group discussion. Students that successfully complete the certification will be eligible to pursue Facilitator Certification and employment in the ISU Keystone Adventure Program, an adventure-based learning program which includes open-field cooperative games, minimal-prop initiatives, two team initiatives courses, a High Ropes Course and a three-sided Universal Climbing Tower. Certification requirements include completion of RCSM 363 and RCSM 363L and structured observations and evaluations with the teams initiative and high ropes courses and climbing tower. The first step for completion of this certification is enrollment in RCSM 363 and RCSM 363L during the fall semester. Contact email@example.com in the Department of Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport for additional information.
Certified Technical Professional (College of Technology)
The Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE) certification program recognizes individuals who have met and maintained established professional standards. The certification program is available to students earning degrees in technical, technology, and engineering related disciplines. Three certifications are available:
- The Certified Technical Professional is targeted at technology programs that do not have a focus on management.
- The Certified Technology Manager is targeted at technology related programs with a focus in management.
- The Certified Manufacturing Specialist is targeted at technology programs with an emphasis on manufacturing.
Students that pass the appropriate exam are eligible to receive the certification after completion of the degree. For more information contact Bob English in the College of Technology, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additional skills certifications will be available later in the year. Please check back for more information.