Utility Management Certificate Program - Program Overview
Fall 2013 Program Session in Portland, Oregon
Next Cohort: September 23-27 and October 21-25, 2013. This is a two week session, with group projects between sessions. You are required to attend both sessions to complete the certificate.
The program is delivered at the Willamette University Portland Center in the Pearl District (905 NW 12th Avenue, Suite 110, Portland, Oregon).
(We are currently at capacity for the 2013 session. Please contact the EDC to be added to the waitlist)
Over 100 utility managers have participated in Willamette University's unique management training experience designed exclusively for the utility industry. Now in its fifth year, the Executive Development Center of Willamette University's Atkinson Graduate School of Management is pleased to present the Utility Management Certificate program (UMC) once again. This professional development opportunity is designed specifically for people working in management in electric or gas companies, for managers who are new to the energy industry, and for staff members with significant experience in the energy industry who want to move into management or who have been identified by their companies as candidates for management.
A highly interactive and integrative training program:
- emphasizes and develops management theories and skills as applied to the utility industry.
- a substantial coursework in managing regulations, stakeholders, IT and human resources, opportunities and risks, as well as understanding a utility from a financial standpoint
- receive instruction from industry and management experts and will have opportunities to learn and think strategically
- two team projects, which helps them learn as much from each other as from their instructors, will complete a self-assessment of their team and leadership styles, and will receive coaching on improving their teamwork.
As part of the program, all participants study risk management at their own utilities. Many exercises are based on case studies of real or hypothetical utilities. When four or more participants come from the same utility, they will have the opportunity to focus an integrative, strategic planning team exercise on their employer and make a presentation to an executive when they return to their offices. All who successfully complete the 10-day course of study, delivered over two, five-day periods spread across two months, and have a minimum of a Bachelors Degree, have successfully submitted their transcripts before the September session begins, will be awarded (4) four semester hours of academic credit. This program is also offered for non-credit and no transcripts are required or requested. A certificate of completion is received.