Intensive programs for managers and senior staff help companies educate, develop and retain employees

Berkeley, Calif. (Oct. 31, 2013)—UC Berkeley Extension announces new corporate and professional education options for the Bay Area business community and beyond. The continuing education branch of the University of California, Berkeley, UC Berkeley Extension is an established leader in career-advancing education and training for professionals. Its new intensive corporate and professional programs offer in-depth, two- and three-day courses on topics critical to driving organizational success and creating productive, engaged employees.

“Investing in employee development is one of the most important actions companies can take to drive long-term success,” says Robert David, director of UC Berkeley Extension Corporate and Professional Programs. “Our corporate programs offer a great opportunity for companies to gather key staff and stakeholders to learn the skills to move their businesses forward.”

The first three intensive programs to launch in 2014 include Program Management, Multigenerational Business Communication Skills and Budget Performance Management. Each targets a specific business population, from aspiring and midlevel managers to senior directors. Instructors and guest lecturers are experienced, successful business leaders who understand the practical issues and challenges facing businesses today. All programs meet 9 am–5 pm at UC Berkeley Extension’s Golden Bear Center near downtown Berkeley, with lunch included. Additional intensives are slated to launch throughout 2014.

“Based on our research, we estimate the U.S. corporate training market is $71 billion today, and corporate training leaders are always looking for in-depth programs to help their employees and leaders improve their skills and performance,” says Josh Bersin, principal, Bersin by Deloitte, Deloitte Consulting LLP, an HR consulting firm for Fortune 1000 and Global 2000 companies. “Intensive in-depth programs from leading educational institutions are excellent ways to develop these skills.”

In addition to the intensives, UC Berkeley Extension offers customized training programs. Extension training consultants work with businesses to create focused curricula specific to an organization’s needs and delivered on site at the company or at a UC Berkeley Extension classroom center.

“Training, learning and career development opportunities are an important part of the benefits package to attract, engage and retain employees,” says Kelly Porter, vice president of Learning and Employee Brand Management at Commune Hotels + Resorts, and speaker at the 2013 Corporate Learning Week. “Partnering with a university is a great way to explore alternatives to the typical corporate training program. It also allows companies to explore enhanced teaching and learning across multiple generations.”

Details on all UC Berkeley Extension corporate and professional offerings, including session dates and prices, are available at extension.berkeley.edu/corporate.