In January 2022, Ivy Tech Community College will offer a new Certificate in Applied Organizational Leadership Studies to provide companies with short-term training for new managers, team leaders, or anyone looking to grow into a leadership role.
The certificate provides hands-on, industry-specific training in the technical and soft skills required not only to lead teams, but also to help lead organizational growth.
Ivy Tech created the AOLS program in response to the needs of employers in many industries, including healthcare, manufacturing, and services.
Students in the AOLS program will receive one-on-one training specific to their industry, and potentially training specific to their current position. Classes will be offered in a blended format with in-person meetings once a week and an online component that students can take on the days and times they choose.
Students can start the AOLS program in January and finish it at the end of July. Financial aid is available for eligible people.
Companies interested in having their employees participate in the AOLS program can partner with Ivy Tech to eliminate all upfront costs for employees through the Achieve Your Degree program. Through this partnership, Ivy Tech will defer all tuition fees until the end of the semester, and students will only owe what is not covered by their company’s financial aid or educational benefits plan.
Companies interested in offering the AOLS certificate to their employees should contact Rod Dowell at 812-298-2492 or [email protected] Those interested in learning more should contact Ivy Tech Terre Haute at ivytech.edu/visitus and ask about the AOLS program.
“The pandemic has resulted in a shrinking workforce in many industries, and companies have promoted or hired new employees who may have technical skills but lack leadership skills,” said Sarah Shepler, president of the Ivy Tech’s business administration program. “Through statewide research, Ivy Tech has discovered that our industry partners need employees to develop skills beyond day-to-day management. They need their employees to learn strategic leadership skills to move their organizations forward, get through times of turmoil, and help develop other employees. Ivy Tech’s new AOLS certificate will prepare students to help their organization grow.
“A nurse promoted to a responsible nurse, a CNC operator promoted to a supervisor, or a food service worker promoted to a managerial position are all examples of positions that could benefit from leadership training,” Shepler said.