Oct. 14--It's time for a coming-out party.
For two years, an executive training program in the College of Business at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs has been quietly offering its services to a limited number of leaders in the health care and financial services industries.
Now, the Office of Professional and Executive Development is ready to market its training and development services to a wider audience, and is publicizing two upcoming events: a four-day workshop on "Managing and Writing Federal Proposals" and a two-day program on "Financial Reporting and Analysis for Commercial Lending Professionals."
The OPED office is helmed by Shawna Rogers, who was promoted in July to become its full-time director. For two years, Rogers had split her time between two jobs, working as project manager for OPED and a similar post at the El Pomar Institute for Innovation and Commercialization.
Before her shared roles at the two programs, Rogers was assistant to the director of the Colorado Springs Small Business Development Center from August 2009 to December 2011 and interim director in 2012. She supervised the day-to-day operations of the center, including support services, event planning and the coordination of training workshops for small business owners.
Rogers also serves as the staff adviser for the UCCS business school's Center for Entrepreneurship.
Rogers, 32, received a bachelor's degree in business administration in management from New Mexico Highlands University in 2006. She began the master's degree in business administration program in innovation management and marketing at UCCS a year ago and hopes to complete her degree in 2015. Before moving to the Springs in 2009, Rogers spent eight years as office manager for Bonham & Associates, a Farmington, N.M., drug and alcohol counseling center.
Rogers recently answered a few questions about the program in an email interview with The Gazette.
Question: What is the Office of Professional and Executive Development program?
Answer: OPED is an initiative of the UCCS College of Business to offer noncredit professional development and continuing education programs. Through this unit, the college can further support local organizations and develop the regional work force. OPED develops training programs specifically to meet the needs of the health care, finance-banking and defense-aerospace industries. We work with industry professionals and local organizations to research industry needs and to learn what topics would have immediate value and impact. Equally important, we believe, is that we provide opportunity for high-level training programs close to home, eliminating the substantial cost of travel and additional days away from the office.
Q. Why was the office started?
A. The dean of the UCCS College of Business, Venkat Reddy, has long had the vision for noncredit, executive education program offerings. In mid-2011, he had a conversation with Debbie Chandler, CEO of Colorado Springs Health Partners, who was looking for employee leadership training. She wanted high-level training programs, but did not want to absorb the cost of sending employees out of state.