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Upcoming professional development programs from the SBA


Explore and expand career options with professional development programs


Oakland University's School of Business Administration offers professional development and continuing education programs focused on high-demand and emerging sectors to help individuals enhance their current skills or prepare for a new career.

Upcoming programs for Fall 2010 include:

Read the brief descriptions of select programs below or check the Web pages for more information or to register.

Financial Planning Bootcamp

The SBA is offering a new program this fall for people who want to become Certified Financial Planners or those who simply want to learn more about financial planning for their own purposes. The two-week course offers an introduction to the principles and analytic techniques of personal financial planning. Participants will receive a consolidated and intensive introduction to the following areas: personal finance, income tax, investment, insurance, retirement and employee benefits, and estate planning.

The classes take place September 7, 9, 14 and 16 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. and September 11 from 9 a.m. until noon. The course is required as part of the university's Financial Planning Certificate Program. Learn more at

Business Intelligence & Data Mining


Combining data mining and business intelligence skills can help decision makers solve their business needs, gain competitive advantages and harness emerging trends to improve both cost effectiveness and time and resource efficiency. Oakland University's School of Business Administration is once again partnering with Altair to offer this market-leading data mining and business intelligence certificate program that teaches business leaders to do exactly this.


This certificate program offers answers, and practical, marketable skills in data mining and business intelligence. The acquired skill set is useful in multiple industries, including emerging sectors such as health care and information technology.

Certificate program classes begin on Thursday, Nov. 4. For more information or to register, call (248) 370-3177 or visit and select "Business Intelligence (BI) and Data Mining /Altair Certificate" from the Professional Development drop down menu.


New: Energy Management Certificate Program  

In transitioning to a new energy economy, a growing number of regional organizations are developing processes, products and services  needed to adapt to changing regulatory, tax, supply-chain and demand environments.

With the goal of supporting this economic transition, Oakland University's School of Business Administration and School of Engineering and Computer Science are partnering to deliver a professional certificate program that integrates management and engineering perspectives.

The Energy Management Certificate Program will prepare engineering and business professionals to differentiate themselves in their careers and help their organizations become sustainable enterprises.


Participants in this innovative program will:

  • Learn about energy usage and utilization options that lead to cost and energy savings

  • Apply sustainable principles to operations that reduce costs and or enhance corporate reputation

  • Acquire real-world skills to evaluate, analyze and implement the best conventional and/or alternative energy choices.


The cost of the six-week certificate program is $1,500, which includes all materials and lunches.  Classes will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays beginning on Friday, Sept. 10.


Registration is now under way. Those interested in registering or learning more should contact Maureen Callaghan at or (248) 412-3235, or visit the Web at


CFP program courses now available online

Starting this fall, students will be able to connect to all CFP courses remotely using a web-based online educational system.

The program -- which begins the week of Sept. 20 -- presents techniques and knowledge to help formulate and execute the comprehensive financial plans that assist clients in accumulating, conserving and transferring personal wealth.

Graduates earn a Certificate in Personal Financial Planning and are eligible to sit for the CFP Certification Examination. A bachelor's degree is required for exam admission. To learn more or register, visit

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