Summer Short Course Targets Management Grad Students

SOCORRO, N.M. July 21, 2009 – The New Mexico Tech management department is offering another summer short course for master of engineering management students.

Management department chairman Dr. Peter Anselmo said the graduate classes are designed for the working professional to get maximum value in management education.

Over the summer, New Mexico Tech has offered one class in June, and a second two-week course in the graduate Engineering Management program will be offered starting Monday, 10 August. Anselmo said the first course offered in June was very successful and he expects the next course to be equally well received.

Each course is worth three credit-hours and includes 40 hours of classroom work. Anselmo said students can expect to spend an additional 40 hours on the course outside of class time.

Dr. Frank Reinow will teach Managing Change in Technology Organizations, which aims to prepare technical managers and professionals to plan and implement changes at all levels of the organization, with an additional focus on building cross functional teams assigned to change initiatives.

“We’ve tossed around the idea of offering short courses in recent years, but this is our first effort,” Anselmo said. “We’re responding to the changing needs of professionals who are working toward an advanced degree.”

Anselmo taught Financial Management in June, targeting the class toward working engineering professionals. He said the students appreciated the intensive short course. The courses are streamed live on the Internet, through New Mexico Tech’s distance education program, a division that is among Tech’s fastest growing.

“Our distance education capabilities have grown considerably the last few years, and we can provide a live, interactive classroom experience that is critical for the learning experiences we want our graduate students to have,” Anselmo said. 

The cost for the course beginning August 10 is $2,500, which Anselmo said is a bargain for this type of graduate level course from a high-quality institution such as Tech.

A typical master’s of engineering management student has a bachelor’s in engineering and several years of work experience. However, many of these students are working professionals and have difficulty working a full semester of classes into their schedule, Anselmo said.

“A lot of high-tech companies are changing operations and transferring people,” he said. “It’s become harder for engineers to work a two-year program into their career. We’re being responsive to the needs of the students and the needs of the market.”
For more information about the August short course, click here or call the New Mexico Tech Distance Education Group at 505 835-5511.

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