McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship Launches New Online Courses for Entrepreneurs
Top-ranked entrepreneurship program at the Eller College helps fledgling entrepreneurs get their businesses off the ground.
TUCSON, Ariz. – August 3, 2010 – Starting August 15, the University of Arizona’s top-ranked McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship at the Eller College of Management will launch three new online certificate courses in entrepreneurship.
Designed for those seeking to commercialize an innovation, start a small business, or grow a current venture, these distance-learning courses offer working professionals flexible and convenient options for advancing their venture concepts in an online classroom environment, with regular interaction with McGuire Center entrepreneurship mentors.
The online courses are open to the public through the non-credit arm of the University of Arizona’s Outreach College. Learn more about the courses at http://outreachcollege.arizona.edu/comped/entrepreneurship.html.
The courses were designed to dovetail with the University of Arizona’s land grant mission, and are funded in part by a U.S. Department of Labor WIRED grant. “The WIRED grant created a wonderful opportunity to make high-quality entrepreneurship education available across our region,” said Sherry Hoskinson, director of the McGuire Center. “If we can help Southern Arizona entrepreneurs and would-be entrepreneurs develop profitable and scalable businesses, the whole community benefits.”
According to Hoskinson, the online courses are designed to provide training in three specific areas: “We offer a semester-long course for those who want to build their ability to move a discovery, invention, or other innovation-driven concept to market. Another course is designed specifically for those who want to start an owner-operated, lifestyle business. The third course is aimed at anyone who wants to grow an existing business.”
“The three courses were developed in consultation with educators and entrepreneurs throughout Southern Arizona,” said McGuire Center communications mentor and course instructor Randy Accetta. “We wanted to be sure we that we’re creating resources that are needed for working adults across the region.”
Credit-bearing versions of each course will be available in the coming months, as well.
The McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship is a National Model Program of the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship and is home to the McGuire Entrepreneurship Program, ranked the #2 public undergraduate and #1 public graduate program in the nation by Entrepreneur magazine and The Princeton Review. Established in 1984, it was one of the first university-based entrepreneurship centers in the country. Today, the Center offers entrepreneurship education for any graduate program at the University of Arizona and reaches more than 1,000 undergraduate students every semester. With courses in business, law, science, engineering, health, medicine, arts, and humanities, the McGuire Center advances the state and regional economy, advances entrepreneurship education nationwide, and teaches life-long problem solving for economic, social, scientific, and environmental progress.
The Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona is internationally recognized for pioneering research, innovative curriculum, distinguished faculty, excellence in management information systems, entrepreneurship, and social responsibility. U.S. News & World Report ranks the Eller undergraduate program #11 among public business schools and two of its programs are among the top 20 — Entrepreneurship and MIS. U.S. News & World Report ranks the Eller MBA Full-Time program #48 in the U.S. The College is among the leaders of business schools generating grant funds for research. In addition to a Full-Time MBA program, the Eller College offers the 25th ranked Evening MBA program, the Eller Executive MBA and the Online MBA. The Eller College of Management supports more than 5,800 undergraduate and 750 graduate students on the UA campus in beautiful Tucson, Arizona, and a satellite campus in Phoenix.
Liz Warren-Pederson, Eller College of Management
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