Leadership Certificate Strengthens Skills, Knowledge for Students
By: Gavin Halper, Lindsay Koerner, Justin Liazuk, Nick Wellenstein
Increasing numbers of college students from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire are graduating with more than just a degree in their hands. Many students are adding additional courses to their schedules to attain certificates that highlight knowledge and skills in fields that are of interest to employers.
The Leadership Studies Certificate, offered by the department of management and marketing, provides students with a variety of leadership skills that are important in the workforce. Dr. Scott Lester, director of the Center for Leadership said, “It prepares the students for the business world by offering them a variety of experiences. This improves students’ levels of self-awareness in terms of their leadership styles and tendencies and how that might impact the way in which they approach a situation.”
Students do not need to be admitted into the College of Business to complete the certificate. Through their studies, students take an array of classes highlighting different aspects and styles of leadership, including a seminar at Eagle’s View Ropes Course on upper campus. To fulfill the requirements students must fulfill these prerequisites:
- MGMT 200 – Developing the Leader Within You (B- or better)
- MGMT 340 – Organizational Behavior (B- or better)
- Five credits of elective courses: MGMT 446, 494, or CJ 407
In addition, students must provide evidence of actual leadership experience in an organization by submitting a résumé and two letters of recommendation.
Dr. Lester believes the Leadership Studies Certificate is a great way for students to distinguish themselves in the job market.
“The Leadership Certificate is a particularly good opportunity for students because it has been well received by employers,” Lester said. “Students find that it is something that recruiters ask about during interviews and it is something (they as students) can talk about in very positive and informing way.”
From left to right: Gavin Halper is a senior management major from Milwaukee, Wis; Lindsay Koerner is a senior marketing major from Whitefish Bay, Wis; Justin Liazuk is a senior business administration and spanish major from Medford, Wis; Nick Wellenstein is a senior management major from Oconomowoc, WI. They wrote this article for their BCOM Advanced Writing class.