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Centenary University Student Accepted into BNY Mellon Enactus Student Fellows Program

Colin Hudson, a Centenary junior from Mount Olive, was recently accepted into the 2017-2018 BNY Mellon Enactus Student Fellows Program.

Colin Hudson

Enactus is an international organization that connects student, academic, and business leaders through entrepreneurial-based projects that empower people to transform opportunities into real, sustainable progress for themselves and their communities.

“Centenary University has a strong Enactus Chapter on our campus,” says Dr. Linda Poisseroux, Assistant Professor of Business and Director of Enactus at Centenary University. “Our students have been part of Enactus for over 25 years and have been recruited by top firms as a result of their work. It is a pleasure to see Colin being recognized in this manner.”

Only 150 Enactus students from the United States were chosen to participate in this program which entitles Enactus Student Fellows to complete an online project management course that will culminate in a certification exam to earn PMD Pro, an internationally-accredited project management certification in development. The Fellows will complete an additional online workshop which will explore entrepreneurial talents. All Fellows will be paired with an Enactus alumni mentor.

Lastly, students will complete an online course titled “Common Sense Economics,” which will help develop the financial skills required in a free market. Students who complete this program will receive the designation of a Certified Enactus Student and will be recognized at the 2018 United States National Exposition in Kansas City. They will be invited to a private reception with top executives from Enactus partner companies and have the opportunity to have their resumes previewed by exclusive partners prior to the 2018 exposition.

“This is an honor,” says Hudson. “I am excited about this opportunity, as it is an exclusive program. I am looking forward to learning a lot about fair trade and myself through this journey. It will be so satisfying to be recognized for this accomplishment on stage at the Expo in Kansas City after this entire process is completed. This is truly a valuable opportunity that will be beneficial for my future. I certainly hope to make my team and the university proud of me.”

Centenary University’s School of Professional Studies Classes to Start in January

One Year Anniversary in New Location in Parsippany

Centenary University’s School of Professional Studies (SPS) is coming up to its one year anniversary at its new location at the Mack-Cali Professional Building at 7 Campus Drive and new classes are starting on January 7, 2018. This facility offers a large amount of classroom and conference space and it houses #theVIBE, which is the Social Media Center of Expertise.

Programs that are available starting in January include an Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts, a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with concentrations in Management and Social Media Marketing, a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting (NEW!), a Master in Business Administration degree with concentrations in Management, Marketing, Leadership and Health Administration. In addition, we offer certificates in Social Media Marketing, Leadership and Health Administration.

“It was a strategic decision almost 20 years ago to develop SPS in Parsippany to build the workforce capacity in the region,” says Dr. Deidre Letson-Christofalo, Vice President for Adult, Corporate and Online Education at Centenary University. “The new location on Campus Drive has further enriched the learning experience as it was designed to accommodate the needs for the adult learner.”

First established in 1999, Centenary University’s School of Professional Studies (SPS) provides an entrepreneurial approach to the educational experience by offering professional studies to an adult population, allowing students to select the modality most conducive to their busy lifestyle. Students can take classes in a variety of formats: one-night-per-week, completely online or through a blended approach, which combines online and in-class methods.

The curriculum combines theory and practical experience, allowing students to apply knowledge acquired immediately. Having conferred thousands of A.A., B.S.B.A. and M.B.A. degrees, the School of Professional Studies serves as an inclusive and collaborative learning community dedicated to preparing adult students to progress further in society and to contribute directly to the state’s economic engine.

Students studying Social Media Marketing will be immersed in social media by learning in a modern collaborative environment at #theVIBE, with its impressive touchscreen videowall streaming the latest social media data. This is a rapidly changing field and the program keeps students on the pulse of social media through interactive demos, customized video homework by social media experts, and hands-on use of industry social media listening software. #theVIBE facility also includes an Innovation Cave and Innovation Lab, which are environments designed to promote ideation. Additionally, embedded in the courses are Google and Facebook certifications. Courses that are being offered are Social Media Marketing, Digital Advertising, Digital Analytics and Social Media Strategy and Consulting.

“The career opportunities in this field in this part of the country are massive,” says Kathy Naasz, Vice President of Innovation at Centenary University. “We can’t fill all the requests from companies looking for social media experts, so the move to Parsippany last year accelerated the training of working professionals who have interest in either expanding their skill set or making a career shift.”