Ineternational College Announces New Offerings for Fall 2004 Term
International College has added several new offerings for the Fall 2004 term to existing programs within the School of Business, School of Technology, and the College’s Intensive English Center. The fall term begins September 9.
MBA ACCOUNTING CONCENTRATION
An accounting concentration has been added to the College’s MBA program. As a result, four new courses were added to the curriculum: Accounting Trends & Techniques, Accounting, Tax & Financial Research Techniques, Forensic Accounting, and International Accounting.
The new concentration will broaden the scope of learning for MBA majors and will also meet the required credit hours needed to pursue CPA licensure in the state of Florida, said Tom Nohl, International College Accounting Chair.
“The new accounting concentration will make the College’s MBA program more valuable to students as well as to the local business community, because these are master-level accounting courses highly relevant to today’s contemporary business issues,” Nohl said. “International College’s Business Department is always evolving programs to provide and address contemporary issues in the investor and business community. There is great attention to corporate governance and accountability in the wake of recent company fraud, particularly to publicly-traded companies.”
PILOT ONE-WEEK MBA COURSE
The College’s School of Business is also experimenting with a new curriculum delivery format for the fall term: a pilot one-week MBA course. The course, “Organizational Behavior,” will be conducted over the traditional 15-week period; however, the first seven weeks will be held completely online and consist of class and reading assignments. During the eighth week, students will meet for a one-week intensive class (Monday through Friday) from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Following the in-class week, students are required to turn in a research project and complete a final exam.
“This will be a fun and intense one-week class that will consist of special group projects and offer a professional seminar environment featuring guest speakers who are specialists in various areas related to business. The majority of the coursework will be accomplished during the intensive week,” said Don Forrer, MBA/MPA Program Administrator. “This pilot course is not a change to the program; rather, it is another option for which students can earn a degree. There are many students who may not be able to come to class one Saturday a week for 15 weeks because of work or family obligations, but they may be able to attend a one-week intensive course.”
International College MPA graduate student Amy Tozier, 28, of Naples is one of 19 students already signed up for the pilot course. A single mother of a 4-year-old son, Tozier needs classes convenient to her schedule.
“This will be my first in-class course,” explained Tozier, who has taken all online courses since enrolling last fall. “This is my last semester of school, so I’m looking forward to class interaction and gaining insight from guest speakers. I think it’s wonderful that International College is giving students more options. We know our schedules and whether we can dedicate ourselves to one week. This convenient scheduling will allow students to maintain balance in their lives.”
If the Fall pilot is successful, a one-week MBA course would be offered every term. Forrer would also recruit students outside of the southwestern region of Florida who would benefit from this MBA course format.
SCHOOL OF TECHNOLOGY/NITAS PILOT
Beginning this fall term, International College will become the first college in the state of Florida to participate in a pilot program, the National IT Apprenticeship System (NITAS). International College joins several colleges across the nation in the new initiative.
About 25 International College students from various classes will participate in the pilot program. Technology Professor Willie Mirville will serve as the local NITAS Project Administrator.
The NITAS program, administered by the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) and endorsed by the U.S. Department of Labor, provides IT workers with the right skills and on-the-job experience to make a lasting, positive impact with employers.
A key component of the NITAS program is a web-enabled database that stores career transcripts and performance records of validated competencies - including training records, coaching records, hours of experiences, and certifications achieved - for each participating worker. This information is used as credentialing criteria, which allows workers and employers to track competencies and to plan for future training needs.
"IT jobs are going unfilled because there aren't enough people with the right skills to fill them," said Neill Hopkins, vice president, workforce development and training, CompTIA. "The challenge is matching up the employers who need workers with the people and places that need jobs. That's where NITAS comes in - to ensure that IT workers have the education, training, and skills to fill the jobs that the economy creates."
Dave Rice, School of Technology Chair, shared his enthusiasm regarding NITAS participation benefits.
“International College’s participation in the NITAS program will enhance our area’s skilled labor workforce with the hopes of attracting additional industry and jobs to the region,” Rice said. “Employers will benefit from the program because NITAS helps human resources managers to identify what training is needed. Additionally, students will be better prepared for jobs and be more marketable during job searches.”
INTENSIVE ENGLISH CENTER/ESL CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION
In a greater effort to reach the Spanish-speaking community, International College will begin offering this fall term a Certificate of Completion English as a Second Language program for foreign-language speakers who reside in the United States, have legal residency status, and desire to improve their English skills.
The program is a 36 credit (1,080 hour) course of study designed to provide English as a Second Language (ESL) instruction in English grammar, reading, writing, and listening skills as well as offer computer and life/job skills. The ESL program consists of three 15-week levels of instruction: beginning, intermediate, and advanced. Classes meet from 8:30 a.m. to 2:20 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, and from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Fridays.
Students must attend at least 75 percent of the classes in order to pass each level. The course is graded on a pass/fail system. Students will receive a Certificate of Completion upon passing all three courses.
“This is an academic credential – documentation that they have completed a program of academic study successfully,” said Leisha Klentzeris, Intensive English Center Director. “The completion certificate is documentation students can take with them on job interviews or the can be used academically or professionally. This is a major accomplishment.”
Previously, the ESL program was offered as a non-credit, certificate of attendance course. The biggest benefit to the program now is that students who qualify will be eligible for financial assistance through the Pell Grant program. Currently, there are 25 students registered in the program.
“The financial aid essentially opens the program up to more people in the community who are in need of learning English language skills for everyday life – including work,” Klentzeris added. “I want these students to know that this is the first step toward the future they desire. I hope International College will be a point of connection for them where they can experience cultural exchange and see it as a place for them to begin to build their academic and professional careers.”
Registration deadline for the 2004 Fall term at International College has been extended to September 13. For more information, call the Admissions Department at 482-0019 in Fort Myers or 513-1122 in Naples.