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FIU Business supply chain students tour PortMiami, gain perspective on global trade.
Classroom lessons about global trade and international logistics can come to life in an active port, through the stories of the people who run it and the workings of the cranes, containers and ships that make it happen. To bring this real-life perspective to their studies, Dr. Ron Mesia, director...
SBDC at FIU opens new doors for Revpar Guru.
Growth and new opportunities led the founders of Revpar Guru, a back-end revenue management engine for hoteliers, to the SBDC at FIU. Today, the Miami Beach-based venture is on track to enter its next stage. The services offered by the SBDC at FIU and its expert financial consultants have been...
FIU students connect globally with business students in Peru and Argentina through live video conference.
It’s one thing for FIU students to learn about globalization and the job search in a classroom. It’s another for them to participate in a live discussion on the topic from Miami with peers in Lima and Buenos Aires. In the newly-built Parkview Hall’s technologically advanced multipurpose room, equipped with...
Employees violating privacy rules is SHRM case competition for graduate students.
What should be done when hospital employees post messages on social media that violate the rules of HIPAA, the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act? That was the test for graduate students in the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) case competition, part of the SHRM Case Competition and...
Celebrate! FIU commencement confers degrees for 980 scholars in the College of Business.
Once it’s earned, a college degree is forever, listed on every resume and always a part of a person’s legacy. At Spring 2015 Commencement ceremonies, 980 students in the College of Business at Florida International University (FIU) were awarded their degrees, marking a perpetual change in their list of accomplishments....
HR Career Development Day doubled in size, strength.
Florida International University hosted the Greater Miami Society of Human Resource Management’s (GMSHRM) second annual HR Career Development Day. This year’s event attracted 120 graduate and undergraduate students not only from FIU but also from other universities. It was one-third larger that last year’s conference. “Human resources professionals presented nine...
SBA Administrator offers guidance to small businesses at FIU
SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet shared insights from her days as an entrepreneur and her career as a Cabinet member with South Florida small businesses gathered May 3 at the College of Business. Her audience: entrepreneurs hungry to get a business off the ground or to drive their ventures to the...
Alumni Notes: April 2015
Marquis Bank has promoted Jessica Nieves (BBA ’00) to assistant vice president, personal banker and lending assistant. She will be opening and managing accounts for four different banks and will be responsible for loan administration. Emery Sheer (BAcc ’77) has opened Sheer & Company, a CPA and business advisory firm...
Faculty Notes April 2015
Department of Decision Sciences and Information Systems Karlene Cousins, associate professor, was a guest on Pete De La Torre radio program on April 9, 2015, discussing the impact of new technology on business. https://youtu.be/UP124hmGKE4 Monica Chiarini Tremblay, chair, and Pouyan Esmaeil Zadeh, research associate, co-authored an article which has been...
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Essentials of Project Management Program
As an organization continues to adopt the tools, techniques and practices of Project Management, its essential to have the entire organization aligned with a solid understanding of what these are in order to achieve a strong execution of the Project Management framework, therefore, truly maximizing the organization gains. . Project management provides a structure for dealing with the "faster, better, cheaper" pressures that most organizations are facing.This comprehensive 5 hour course provides participants with an overview of the essential elements (e.g., selecting projects, planning, managing and control, etc.) of project management and the project management life cycle. Participants gain an understanding of the techniques, for project management; and gain practical experience with approaches to achieving successful project performance.There are no prerequisites for this course. The level of this course is basic.
Secure Project Leadership
Project Managers are often assigned to lead projects because they have strong technical skills. Unfortunately, those things that make a person good technically are often those things that make them struggle as project leaders. It is expected that a project manager knows how to manage a team, but understanding the people side of project management can be a challenge for the project manager who is either assigned to a new project or entering into the leadership of an existing project. In the middle of the project things may be going well technically, but internally team members are at each other's throats, management is screaming that they don't know what is going on, and some team members are not performing. This course is a practical, how-to course on managing the people side of the project.
Project Management Office (PMO)
The Project Management Office program has been designed in an intricate fashion, detailed in its presentation to provide its participants an in-depth comprehension of how to establish and implement PMO, as a channel for communication, coordination, standards, policies, processes and training for all project in the corporate portfolio. To further projectize your organization, utilizing this remodeling culture of project organization while enhance our participants professional world, as many organizational business units are evolving, companies with PMO have reported improved project rates.This IT boost will go beyond amended project rates, but will cut costs and improve project delivery in terms of time and budget. PMO supports project managers in aligning corporate strategies with project operations to achieve the overall goal, from a specific to a general aspect, of success within the corporation. Understanding the importance of PMO, alongside its utilization will allow time to be used most efficiently, while allowing its conductors to focus energy on the actual tasks, rather than their placement.This course is designed for PMO directors and managers, project managers with minimum 3 years of experience, and any other stakeholders involved in project community managed by a PMO. The attendees might be interested to establish a PMO or re-organize the existing PMO structure.
As a payroll professional, it is of significant importance to be able to maintain a company's compliance, by keeping up with changing regulations and procedures. Staying current is not only important to the company's foundation, but to each participants continued professional development, as well. PayTrain College & University, which FIU has partnered with, is the American Payroll Association's payroll professional development and certification exam preparation program offered in a university setting. Serving the entire payroll community, this program is ideal for seasoned professionals interested in advancing their careers or sitting for a certification exam, as well as for new hires seeking an understanding of the industry. Enrollees in the program receive live classroom instruction, textbooks, and access to interactive online games and applications to reinforce topics learned.A continuation of PayTrain Fundamentals, PayTrain Mastery is a comprehensive course that provides particiapnts with a solid understanding of advanced payroll topics, which are necessary and relevant for payroll managers and supervisors. This course is ideal for experienced payroll professionals seeking compliance training, professional development, or CPP Certification preparation. For success on the CPP Exam, this course should be taken after completing PayTrain Fundamentals.To qualify for CPP Certification, candidates must have earned three years of payroll experience in the five years prior to taking the exam.This program is scheduled to begin Fall 2015. The exact dates and times are TBA. If you would like more information on registration, please call or email our office.
CAPM Exam Prep Course
This course will prepare our participants for the Certified Associate Project Management (CAPM) exam administerd through the Project Management Institute (PMI). Individuals will earn 24 contact hours for the CAPM application (23 contact hours for the CAPM application are required by the PMI). This course is based on the most current version of the PMBOK Guide, the PMBOK Guide 5th edition.By the end of the course, students will be able to understand the Project Management Body of Knowledge concepts and formulae, including the knowledge areas and process groups. Students will also be capable of demonstrating comprehension through online review. Defining project management across project life cycle identifying the role of the project manager analyzing organizational influences on projects.
Managing Project Stakeholders
All projects are derived from a business need so aligning project goals with business goals should not be a challenge for the project manager. However, getting all the stakeholders aligned is often a different story and can make the project manager feel like Gumbybeing pulled in different directions. Taking the time to actually develop a strategy for effectively managing stakeholders for a project, is something that typically falls to the very last thing to do, if it ever gets done. Project management is often focused on output, but this class will help the participant to recognize that the project manager needs to be outcome focused for the benefit of both the project and the business. Engaging stakeholders early and often is a valuable step to ensure project success. This course will provide practical, hands-on recommendations for understanding stakeholders; understanding influences of power and interest; how to deliver bad news; and how to recognize stakeholders as allies, opponents and neutrals to get them all focused on project outcomes. Participants will learn to set roles and expectations that are needed to drive the project forward and align and communicate their project goals with strategic business goals and objectives. This course uses action learning principles to focus on how to develop a stakeholder strategy that can be put into immediate practice in the real-world environment. A value of this course is the take-away plan that is developed individually to transfer the concepts of the course to the work environment.
Principles of Project Management
Project management is possibly the most critical skill separating successful managers from ineffectual ones. Whether you have formal responsibility for projects or not, abilities such as how to establish schedules, set priorities and deliver to commitments are essential to personal productivity and organizational success. This three-day program will introduce a project management discipline that can be implemented in any organization. Participants will acquire a framework of information and tools to plan, estimate, schedule, and control projects ranging from the simple to the complex. Certified Project Managers may earn Professional Development Units (PDUs).As careers become more advanced, work will tend to evolve from routine tasks to more challenging projects. Every professional can benefit from studying the practices developed to execute projects on schedule and budget, while minimizing the stress within the project team. This program enables its participants to learn and practice project management skills and techniques, to ultimately become an expert in project completion. Techniques first developed by technical professionals have now been considered some of the best practices for general use, which have been implemented in this program. Hands-on case work will also be used to assist in the application of lessons learned, along with recommended strategies for handling projects and related tasks. A structured approach for targeting the all-important human resources aspect, as well as communication, is deeply integrated in each lesson, to emphasize on these areas of improvement. In addition, participants will become familiar with the format and makeup of the exam, to be able to succeed with confidence.The program consists of 3 sessions on August 22 to September 12 on MMC campus.
SHRM Certified Professional/ SHRM Senior Certified Professional Review
stablish yourself as a globally-recognized human resource expert by earning the new standard in HR certification: SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) and SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP). These professional certifications can open doors for professional advancement, serve to harmonize standards with changing expectations and signal to employers advanced professional development. They reflect what HR practitioners need to know to be leaders in their organizations and in the profession.Ensure you're prepared with FIU's SHRM CP and SHRM SCP Certification Review Program designed for SHRM credential candidates. Expand and test your knowledge and practical, real-life competencies in areas critical for HR career success.Offered in partnership with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the curriculum is designed by global subject matter experts and covers the entire SHRM Body of Competency and Knowledge (SHRM BOCK) which encourages HR professionals to acquire the Competencies and Knowledge they'll need to effectively perform their jobs and achieve career success. Our course is designed to help you learn and retain the material effectively and efficiently by combining the best exam preparation system with expert instruction and peer discussion.This program will take place on Tuesdays starting August 25 to November 17.
Certified Treasury Professional Program
The Certified Treasury Professional (CTP) Certification, sponsored by the Association for Financial Professionals (AFP), is recognized as the global standard of excellence in corporate treasury and finance. With new regulations, concerning financial reporting and the complexities of business on a global scale, more employers are demanding that financially affiliated professionals be AFP Certified. FIU's Certified Treasury Professional program follows the AFP-recommended system for exam preparation, utilizing AFP materials and covering all of the content needed to pass the CTP Exam. Participants will engage in group-discussions, regarding real-life situational cases, along with the mentorship of a professional executive, with exceptional experience in the field.The program consists of 12 sessions that run on Saturday's from August 29 to November 21 in the MMC campus.
Six Sigma Yellow Belt Certification
Lean, is a production practice that focuses on activities that will decrease inefficient processes, and consequently costs, while aligning them to an overall growth strategy. Six Sigma, a methodology used to improve business processes through quality-improvement approaches such as, utilizing statistical analysis, concentrates optimal development of product quality and reducing errors. Florida International University is offering the opportunity to join this proven method of industrial enhancement, which has been implemented by all industries. Six Sigma will aid in money savings, hard and soft, increasing customer satisfaction, reducing variation, and defining improvement projects, as its participants come to terms with the give domains in the CSSGB Body of Knowledge. Based on a Belt System, Six Sigma offers different levels of expertise, comprised of its own unique set of tools and skills.Yellow Belt training, in Six Sigma, provides its participants with an overall understanding of the basic methods, improvements, and techniques. Being a step up from Green Belt, Yellow Belts sit in the median of foundational knowledge and full realization of Six Sigma processes, being able to monitor and control projects in a more holistic way. Usually, Yellow Belt members will not lead a process on their own; however, they are a part of the core essentials in succession as subject matter members (SME) to meet team expectations, providing support and essential input. Yellow Belts will often be assigned to running smaller processes, using the Plan, Do, Check, Act (PDCA) technique. All efforts of the these members contribute to cost saving, team unity and support, maximum use of labor, reducing in waste, and meaningful assistance in an organization's overall goals.This program is scheduled to begin Fall 2015.The exact dates and times are TBA. If you would like more information on registration, please call or email our office.