Northwest DeSoto Center to offer 15-hour workplace leadership certificate

Beginning in January, Northwest Mississippi Community College will offer a 15 –hour college credit certificate program in workplace leadership at the DeSoto Center in Southaven. The program will consist of five three-hour courses: fundamentals of management and leadership, workplace communication, computer applications for the workplace, quality assurance and workplace safety. Participants will meet from 6-9 p.m. each Tuesday for each eight-week course, with additional online coursework.

Fundamentals of management and leadership includes the role of leaders in an organization, planning and decision making, managing change, motivating teams, culture and leadership and leadership ethics. This class will begin in January.

Workplace communication will include persuasive approaches to written communications, effective use of email, composing written procedures and documentation, giving and receiving feedback, non-verbal communication and appropriate communication with diverse audiences. This class will begin in March.

In June, computer applications for the workplace will offer Microsoft Word, Micosoft Excel and Power Point. In August, the class will cover quality assurance with current trends in quality assurance, statistics and probability theory, sampling plans and charts.

Workplace safety will be covered with an overview of health and safety programs, accident prevention and methods of compliance. Participants who meet all requirements will receive a 30-hour OSHA General Industry completion card. Workplace safety will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

“Northwest’s Career, Technical and Workforce Division created the Workplace Leadership Program to develop leaders at all levels of an organization. Leadership at all levels of an organization is the key to success.  The workplace leadership program is designed to help emerging new and existing leaders gain skills in a variety of areas to help individuals and employers achieve their goals,” said Dwayne Casey, associate dean of Workforce Development and Manufacturing Programs.

Requirements are admission to Northwest. The class fees are $375 per class for Mississippi residents and $675 for out-of-state students. The fees for books are estimated at $475 total.

For more information or to register for the class contact Sarah Williams at 662-562-3361.

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