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New degree in organizational leadership announced

5/20/2005 —
Penn State Wilkes-Barre, Hazleton, and Worthington Scranton have introduced a 123-credit bachelor’s degree in organizational leadership (OLEAD) created expressly for adult students. This degree, designed with today’s working adult in mind, offers flexible and convenient in-class and on-line courses through Penn State campuses and the World Campus. The bachelor's degree in organizational leadership is geared toward working adults interested in advancing in their careers by pursuing leadership and management positions, or for those looking to re-enter the work force.

"The flexibility of this program is very attractive for adults. They can study on campus, at home, or anywhere," said Ina K. Lubin, director of continuing education at the Wilkes-Barre campus. “The on-line courses offered through Penn State’s World Campus allow adults to pursue the degree at a comfortable pace. And, the online student support team offers outstanding technical and advisory services to all World Campus students. Students who like a more personal touch can take advantage of the facilities and student services staff at their local campus.” Aside from a core of communication, writing and leadership courses, students can take classes in one of three focus areas: employer and employee relations, law and policy, or workplace dynamics. OLEAD can be pursued on a full- or part-time basis and credits earned from previous associate degrees or partially completed degrees may apply toward degree requirements.

Students enrolled in OLEAD find it is a highly practical program that builds skills that can be immediately incorporated into their workday. It can help them develop versatile leadership and managerial skills that are valued in just about any field. It lays a solid foundation in labor management, supervisory leadership, and organizational communication.

In order to qualify as an adult student, one of the following criteria must be met: the individual must be 24 years old or older; be a military veteran; be returning to school after four or more years of employment or caring for a home; or assume multiple "adult" roles such as parent, spouse, employee and student.

"This degree can be tailored to meet individual needs," said Thomas Knapp, Ph.D., faculty advisor for the OLEAD program at Penn State Wilkes-Barre. In addition to business professionals, Knapp said the degree is appropriate for law enforcement officers and government workers. “Those law enforcement officers who have earned credits for Act 120 or Deputy Sheriff Academy Training may be able to transfer up to 16.5 credits into this degree program,” he said.

For more information, visit OLEAD or call Penn State W-B at 675-9238.
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