Certification and Innovative Programs


Greensboro College offers a number of non-academic-credit certification programs. The 2018-2019 schedule includes the course offerings listed below.

If you would like to make an appointment to speak to an admissions counselor concerning enrolling in the Paralegal Certification Education Program please contact us at the number listed below:

Suzanne Suddarth
Director of Certification and Innovative Programs
336-272-7102, ext. 5760
suzanne.suddarth@greensboro.edu

Register and pay for one or more of the courses listed below at this web link: http://empowerweb.greensboro.edu/community

Payment plan, cancellation and refund policies for all department courses and programs

Mission Statement

The mission of Greensboro College’s Department of Certification Development and Innovative Programs is to prepare individuals to advance and succeed in their careers and educational pursuits. Through innovative professional education, the program offers certification programs, test-preparation classes, developmental training, enrichment seminars, and other thought-provoking workshops. Additionally, interactive corporate training classes are available where Greensboro College’s experienced faculty and contract employees train personnel on-site or on Greensboro College’s historic and beautiful campus.

Purpose Statement

These innovative programs fulfill the professional and personal goals of traditional students, area high school students, community leaders and employees with local corporations, businesses and organizations as well as retirees. The Department of Certification and Innovative Programs follows industry trends, adheres to state and national certifying agencies’ high-standards and regulations, while meeting the required educational components necessary to qualify and prepare students to sit for certification examinations and attain professional designations.

“The Department of Certification Development and Innovative Programs teaches those who seek and are enriched by those who want to learn.”

 

Certification Programs

 

The Associate Professional in Human Resources aPHR™ Certification Program

If you are exploring or just beginning a professional career in human resources, Greensboro
College’s Associate Professional in Human Resources™ (aPHR™) is the perfect program for
you. Greensboro College has joined with the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI), the
governing body of the SPHR & PHR exam, to offer this program. The aPHR™ is the only HR
certification created for individuals who are just launching their professional HR careers. The
aPHR™ credential will display foundational knowledge of HR practices and demonstrate to an
employer that you have the skill set and qualifications for a promising HR career. Upon
successful completion of this 30-hour program and the aPHR™ exam, the student will be eligible
for this professional certification in the HR field.

Winter 2019 Schedule: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturdays, Jan. 12, 19, 26, Feb. 9, 23 and Mar. 9

Program Fee: $1,288 (includes books and materials)  

Exam and application fees are additional  and the responsibility of the student.

Greensboro College’s Program Benefits and Specifics:

  • Who should join us? Recent college and high school graduates, career changers,
    professionals wanting to expand their current HR roles, individuals looking to launch
    their HR careers, and military members transitioning to a new profession.
  • Learn from a highly qualified and experienced instructor who has taught SPHR and PHR
    exam prep courses for more than 14 years.
  • Benefit from attending classes every other Saturday, which enables individuals to
    continue to work full time.
  • Earn an impressive credential to add to your resume and social and professional media
    accounts.
  • Enjoy interactive classroom discussions and being part of a team environment.

 

The Professional in Human Resources and Senior Professional in Human Resources Certification Program

If you are presently working in human resources and meet specific eligibility requirements, Greensboro College’s Professional in Human Resources® (PHR®) or Senior Professional in Human Resources® (SPHR®) is the ideal program for you. Greensboro College has joined with the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI), the governing body of the SPHR & PHR exam, to offer this program.

PHR®/SPHR® Fall 2018 Schedule: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturdays, 8/25, 9/8. 9/22, 10/6, 10/20, 11/3, 11/17.

Program Fee:  $1,288 (includes books and materials), or $1,388 for students who wish to have the online component added along with books and materials. Exam and application fees are additional and the responsibility of the student.

Greensboro College’s Program Benefits and Specifics:

  • Who should join us? Experienced HR professionals wanting to expand their knowledge, skill set and current HR roles, professionals seeking a comprehensive review to prepare for the SPHR or PHR exam, individuals reentering the HR field requiring an overview of current practices.
  • Learn from a highly qualified and experienced instructor who has taught SPHR/PHR exam prep courses for more than 14 years.
  • Benefit from attending classes every other Saturday, which enables individuals to continue to work full time. Additionally, small class size enables more one-on-one guidance and personalized instruction.
  • Earn a professional credential and add this impressive designation to your resume as well as your social and professional media accounts.

To learn more and for exam eligibility requirements:

https://www.hrci.org/our-programs/our-certifications/sphr

aPHR™, PHR®, PHRca®, SPHR®, GPHR®, PHRi™ and SPHRi™ are all registered trademarks of HR Certification Institute.

The HR Certification Institute® (HRCI®) does not endorse any particular preparation program or offering. We encourage prospective certification holders to use a variety of resources that reflect their learning styles and needs. Purchasing a certification product is NOT required and HRCI does not guarantee that an individual will pass based on the purchase of a certification preparation product.

The red-and-purple HR design, HR CERTIFICATION INSTITUTE, aPHR, PHR and SPHR are trademarks of registered trademarks of Human Resource Certification Institute, Inc. in the U.S. and other countries. Used Under License.

 

Paralegal Certification Education Program

The Paralegal Certification Education Prep Program is an accelerated course that allows students to attain their state paralegal certification. Students must have an associate’s or bachelor’s degree to be eligible to attend Greensboro College’s 16-week program. The course requires 190 contact hours and 300 overall hours. The in-class hours are reached by attending classes for four hours two nights a week, along with Saturday classes.

Upcoming Fall Schedule: 6-10 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and some Saturdays, Aug. 7-Dec. 13. (Information session will be at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 12, in Lea Center in Main Building on campus. It’s free and open to the public. Advance registration for the information session is requested; please use the form at the bottom of this page.)

Program Fee: $4,745 (installment payment plan) or $4,500 (paid in full). Includes books and materials.

Greensboro College’s Program Benefits and Specifics:

  • Learn from three experienced instructors whose combined Paralegal Certification Education teaching spans more than 30 years.
  • Benefit from knowledgeable lawyers who currently work as Guilford County assistant public defenders and an assistant district attorney.
  • Acquire networking skills from experienced paralegals currently working in the field.
  • Enjoy interactive classroom discussions and being part of a team environment.
  • Who should join us? Recent college graduates, career changers, individuals looking for a professional field, and current legal assistants or paralegals are encouraged to enroll.
  • The program is managed by a director who has been working in higher education and with paralegal students for 14 years.

N.C. State Bar paralegal certification information

Test Preparation

SAT Test Preparation Program

Greensboro College’s SAT Test Preparation class has been created by two teachers whose combined experience spans more than 60 years. Both instructors have a passion for teaching and are dedicated to offering an effective learning environment for the students.

Upcoming SAT Schedule:

  • 9 a.m.-12 noon, MondayThursday, Aug. 6-9. Cost $399
  • 2-5 p.m. Sundays, Sept. 9, 16, 23, and 30. Cost: $399.

Greensboro College’s Course Benefits and Specifics:

  • Learn from instructors whose combined teaching spans over 60 years.
  • Develop personal goals for SAT scores based on students’ individual college choices.
  • Build confidence while learning test-taking tips and strategies.
  • Enjoy a classroom environment where the instructors’ co-teaching method allows for both group and
    individualized discussions.

 

GRE Test Preparation Program

Greensboro College’s GRE Test Prep classes are taught by effective and experienced instructors over four consecutive weekends. The GRE Test Preparation program covers the math and verbal sections of the exam, while building students’ analytical and critical reasoning skills. Additionally, the program builds students’ confidence through test-taking tips and strategies. The instructor also offers personalized guidance and instruction for writing college and university essays.

Upcoming GRE Test Prep Schedule:  9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays, Sept. 8, 15, 22, and 29.

Class Fee: $500; includes books and materials.

 

LSAT Test Preparation Program

The LSAT Preparation Program covers “real” questions from prior exams, offers students writing evaluations, introduces the puzzle and games sections of the exam, and provides students with test-taking strategies. The instructor took the LSAT, attended law school and has more than 30 years’ experience teaching.

Upcoming LSAT Test Prep Schedule:  9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays, Oct. 20, 27, Nov. 3 & 10

Class Fee: $500 (includes instructions and books)

Notary Public Workshop

Participants who attend this one-day Notary Public Workshop, and successfully pass the Notary Public examination, are eligible to apply for the North Carolina Notary Public Commission.

To attend this program, students must be 19​, have a high school diploma or GED, and have never been convicted of a felony. Participants must bring a current drivers license to class to be eligible to sit for the exam.

Upcoming Fall/Winter Schedule: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018.

Program Fee:  $139 (includes current Notary Public Guidebook).  Application and stamp fees are additional and the responsibility of the student.

Innovative Programs

Retirement 101 Program

The Retirement 101 program is an entertaining and informative course designed for adults between the ages of 50 and 70. A Certified Financial Planner® instructs classroom sessions. The course will help participants create a plan to retire early, integrate their finances with their goals and values, teach attendees to use new tax-law changes to their advantage, and instruct participants on how to ask the right questions when evaluating insurance coverage.

Upcoming Retirement 101 Schedule : 6-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, April 24, May 1, May 8.

Class Fee : $79

Greensboro College’s Course Benefits and Specifics:

  • Identify strategies to build, sustain and distribute wealth.
  • Understand the costs and access the risks in retirement.
  • Understand the rules regarding Social Security and how to maximize benefits.
  • Minimize taxes today and in retirement to maximize cash flow.
  • Learn how to properly distribute estate to beneficiaries.

Developing Emerging Nonprofit Leaders Who Can Influence Others

This workshop is for anyone who is an emerging leader in the nonprofit or public/government sectors. You will participate in a hands-on workshop that will engage you in proven leadership principles that will help you improve the performance of your team and build capacity of your organization.

This workshop is designed for: 

  • Staff at charitable nonprofit organizations or foundations
  • Board members at charitable nonprofit organizations
  • Staff at private educational institutions
  • Staff at nonprofit hospitals or hospital foundations
  • Staff at government agencies, tribes, or state educational institutions that have a related nonprofit organization or foundation that supports the government entity

Upcoming Spring Schedule: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 17

Program Fee:  $199

Greensboro College’s Program Specifics:

  • Self-Assessment: Start with looking at yourself
  • Deliberately build a foundation with others
  • Influence others by involving them
  • Build and sustain momentum
  • Learn how to make the shift from individual contributor to leader
  • Core principles of creating and casting your vision
  • How to create a strategic framework for implementation and assessment
  • Other topics will include: marketing & social media for nonprofits, measuring impact, technology & nonprofits

Bring with you: Something to write with and a notebook. Handouts provided. Students will have a lunch break.

Grant Writing and Compliance

This workshop offers a hands-on experience. Participants will learn the Logic Model and how it is used for program development, and how to write goals, objectives, outcomes, and budget narrative. Other topics will include: how to plan the program evaluation, writing letters of inquiry, proposals and applications for foundations, corporations, and private foundations, and stewardship and reporting.

This workshop is designed for: 

  • Staff at charitable nonprofit organizations or foundations
  • Board members at charitable nonprofit organizations
  • Staff at private educational institutions
  • Staff at nonprofit hospitals or hospital foundations
  • Staff at government agencies, tribes, or state educational institutions that have a related nonprofit organization or foundation that supports the government entity

 

Upcoming Spring Schedule: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, April 28

Program Fee:  $199

Greensboro College’s Program Specifics:

  • Charitable Accountability Standards and Professional Standards and Ethics
  • Understanding the Development Office
  • Nonprofit Organizations – What does having an exemption mean?
  • Decoding the Foundation RFPs and Government NOFAs
  • Finding the Data: Researching Statistics to Document the Problem Statement
  • How to Write Goals, Objectives, Outcomes and the Program Narrative
  • How to Plan the Program Evaluations
  • Writing Letters of Inquiry, Proposals, and Applications for Foundations and Corporations

Bring with you: Laptop or device to work on, something to write with, and a notebook. Handouts provided. Students will have a lunch break.

Certified Financial Planning Education Program – TBA

Register and pay for one or more of the courses listed above at this web link: http://empowerweb.greensboro.edu/community