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Today’s evolving, global marketplace demands a smart workforce that can harness technology to drive innovation. UVA’s bootcamps are developed by a world class team of instructional designers and subject matter experts to train professionals with the skills they need to lead in the industry. Bootcamp students can take advantage of job search support from dedicated career coaches. This equips graduates with the knowledge and tools to evolve into a new role and explore more opportunities in the field.

How Do I Become a Certified Contract Manager?

 Becoming a certified contract manager is an excellent career move for those living in Northern Virginia and the DC area. While growth in the profession has slowed in some regions of the country, it’s expected to grow in Virginia. Those who earn an online graduate Procurement and Contract Management Certificate position themselves to get the best jobs in this field, which is expected to grow 10% by 2026 in Virginia, according to federal government projections.

What Is CFP Certification?

Much like the bar exam for lawyers or CPA for accountants the Certified Financial Planner exam is the benchmark exam for financial planners. Passing the exam signals that a person has made a sincere commitment to becoming the best personal finance planner possible. It’s a difficult bar to clear. Less than one-third of all financial planners have passed the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) exam. The University of Virginia’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies offers the “ideal next step” toward passing the CFP exam with its Certified Financial Planning Certificate that prepares graduates with advanced financial planning skills.

What Does a Cybersecurity Analyst Do?

Headlines about cyberattacks and data breaches are far too common. But for every attack that's reported in the media, thousands of others are stopped through the efforts of cybersecurity analysts. Cybersecurity analysts develop systems to prevent successful cyberattacks against an organization’s computer systems. They monitor systems for signs of a data breach and keep up to date on the latest attack methods used by cybercriminals. They may also fill roles that deal with policy development, compliance and regulation, training and more.

Will My College Credits Transfer to UVA?

Many working professionals who enter an online program to complete their college degree carry credits from other academic institutions or assessment tests. Understandably, they want to know whether their college credits will transfer. As with all schools, the answer at the University of Virginia is: It depends. The following looks at the specifics around the college credit transfer issue, as well as some related ways that the University of Virginia supports success for students in the online Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Arts (BIS) program.

UVA Board of Visitors Approves President Ryan’s “Great and Good” Strategic Plan, SCPS Featured

August 5, 2019 UVA’s Board of Visitors unanimously approved a 10-year strategic plan founded on the aspiration to make UVA the best public university in the country by 2030.  One of the four overarching goals of A Great and Good University: The 2030 Plan is to make UVA “synonymous with service.” The School of Continuing and Professional Studies (SCPS) will help lead an effort to offer accessible and affordable education programs to those beyond Grounds, with a focus on working adults.

Why Healthcare Managers Are in Demand

Healthcare is the fastest growing area of the U.S. economy, with four million new jobs expected in the industry by 2026, according to federal projections. In 2018, healthcare passed the retail sector as the top employer in the country. This dramatic expansion in the industry has created the need for more healthcare managers. That’s led to many working professionals entering online bachelor’s degree program with a concentration in healthcare management. The need for leaders equipped to meet the demands of this growing field is more important than ever.

Should You Take the CPA Exam?

“Careers in accounting are a marathon, not a sprint,” says Mark Koziel in Journal of Accountancy. That’s a good thing. It’s an indication how strong the demand is, and will remain, for skilled financial accounts and auditors.  As long as there has been business there have been accountants balancing the ledger. In today’s globalized, growing economy, regulated through a complex tax and commerce framework, the roles, responsibilities, and skill set of accounting professionals continually evolves.

How to Break into a Career in Project Management

Breaking into a career in project management involves earning the right education and training from a quality certification program. It’s a smart move for professionals who want to work in a field that is increasingly playing a vital role in innovation and change for organizations around the world. The emergence ofonline project management certificate programs has made the challenging task of becoming a project manager more attainable for working professionals. The flexibility inherent in these programs gives professionals a chance to further their education while maintaining busy work and personal schedules.

5 Signs it's Time to Finish Your Bachelor's Degree

If you’re among the 60 percent of college “dropouts” who enrolled in a four-year college, but have little more than a high school diploma to show for it, you may also be among the 40 percent ready to go back and finish your Bachelor’s degree. College for AdultsWe often romanticize our “college years”. It is the height of our youth. The time of life when we perhaps sow some wild oats, get an education, and emerge into adulthood.

HR Analytics Workshop Slated for April and May

2-Day Workshop Introduces the Importance of Analytics in Human Resources February 11, 2019 According to the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), 54% of HR jobs now require analytic skills (SHRM, Jobs of the Future, 2016). "Moving from HR Metrics to HR Analytics" will provide HR professionals with the skills and knowledge to apply HR analytics in the workplace through hands-on analysis, interactive case studies, problem solving, and exercises. The workshop teaches the skills needed to leverage analytics to determine future organization performance outcomes.

March Workshop Highlights Constitutional Law Updates

FEBRUARY 6, 2019 A workshop entitled “Constitutional Law Updates” is scheduled for March 25, from 8:30am-5pm at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center, in Abingdon.  The event will provide law enforcement officers and other participants with an overview of the Bill of Rights, its application to law enforcement, and the various legal and constitutional issues that impact law enforcement operations. The free workshop will be presented by Timothy Longo, retired chief of police of the city of Charlottesville, and senior program director and assistant professor Public Safety at the University of Virginia School of Continuing and Professional Studies.

UVA Professor Helps Cancer Patients, Survivors Relieve Stress through Writing

January 30th 2019 CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - An associate professor and poet at the University of Virginia is using the power of writing to help cancer patients and survivors. Organizers describe it as a way for people to reconnect with themselves. Whistle Words helps women reclaim their sense of self after coping with a cancer diagnosis. On Wednesday, January 30, Whistle Words was showcased to the medical community at UVA.

Employers Want Liberal Arts Graduates

December 12, 2018 A recent article in Inside Higher Ed cites a new study that identifies career value in a liberal arts education, with some tweaks.  Put together by Emsi, a labor market analytics firm, and the Strada Institute for the Future of Work, the report is based on more than 100 million social and professional profiles and applicant résumés and more than 36 million job postings to determine how to bridge the gap between what liberal arts students learn and what employers want.

BIS Capstones Scheduled for December 10-11 in Northern Virginia and Charlottesville

Nine students will be delivering their Capstone Presentations for the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS) on December 10 in Northern Virginia and on December 11 in Charlottesville.  The Capstone Project is a two-semester process in which students pursue independent research on a question or problem of their choice, engage with the scholarly debates in the relevant disciplines, and - with the guidance of a faculty mentor - produce a substantial paper that reflects a deep understanding of the topic.

SCPS and Curry Partner to Offer Early Childhood Concentration in BIS

By Jane Paluda | December 7, 2018 The School of Continuing and Professional Studies (SCPS) and the Curry School of Education and Human Development will offer a concentration in Early Childhood within the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS) program. Courses in the concentration will be available starting in the Fall 2019.    The Early Childhood concentration will provide BIS students with foundational knowledge and competencies in the area of early childhood.

SCPS Welcomes 22 Incoming Degree Students at January 12 Orientation

Degree Students’ Journey Begins with OrientationDecember 4, 2018 The School of Continuing and Professional Studies (SCPS) will welcome 22 incoming degree students at Orientation on Saturday, January 12 from 9am-1pm at Zehmer Hall. All incoming students admitted to the School’s Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies and the Bachelor of Professional Studies in Health Sciences Management are required to attend the day-long event. Orientation provides an opportunity for students to connect with fellow students, faculty, and the staff at SCPS, all of whom are committed to helping students navigate the path to their degree.

Careers in Law Enforcement Highlighted at November 8 Session in Southwest Virginia

On November 8, the University of Virginia School of Continuing & Professional Studies, UVA’s College at Wise, Old Dominion University, King University and regional campuses of the Virginia Community College System will host an Information Session to discuss the available pathways to a career in law enforcement.  With law enforcement coming under increased scrutiny, there is a pressing need for leaders who are firmly grounded in our constitutional framework, who can build strong community relationships, and who are knowledgeable about the many complex challenges facing most departments.

Financial Planning Day Scheduled for October 20 at UVA Northern VA Center

Free financial advice, workshops, and moreOctober 10, 2018 Metro Washington Financial Planning Day will be held Saturday, October 20, 2018 from 9am-2pm at the UVA Northern Virginia Center in Falls Church.  Free, private consultations on financial matters will be available with highly qualified Certified Financial Planner TM   professionals. Workshops on a variety of financial topics will be held throughout the day.  Individuals can also learn about programs to become a Certified Financial Planner (CFP).

US News rates UVA #2 Best Value among public universities

September 09, 2018 The annual U.S. News & World Report “Best Colleges 2019” rankings are out today, and the news is again good for the University of Virginia. First, the numbers everyone looks for: The magazine ranks the University as the No. 3 public “national university” in America – the 28th consecutive year that UVA has ranked in the top three – and the No. 25 national university overall. UVA’s 2019 rankings are unchanged from last year.

Alex Hernandez Appointed Dean of SCPS

August 08, 2018 Alex Hernandez is joining the University as the Dean of the School of Continuing and Professional Studies (SCPS) effective September 10, 2018. Since 2010, Hernandez has been a partner at the Charter School Growth Fund, leading the nonprofit’s Innovative Schools practice. In this role, he helped develop and launch new K-12 learning models in public schools across the country. Hernandez brings to UVA his expertise in linking great instruction with educational technology, as well as years of experience expanding high-quality education programs.

SCPS Welcomes 54 Incoming Degree Students at August 18 Orientation

Day-long Orientation Scheduled for August 18The School of Continuing and Professional Studies (SCPS) will welcome 54 incoming degree students at Orientation on Saturday, August 18 from 8:30am-4pm at the Zehmer Hall Conference Center. All incoming students admitted to the School’s Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies and Bachelor of Professional Studies in Health Sciences Management degree programs are required to attend the daylong event. The Orientation provides an opportunity for students to connect with fellow students, faculty, and the staff at SCPS, all of whom are committed to helping students navigate the path to their degree.

SCPS Welcomes 24 Post-Bac Pre-Med Students

June 21, 2018 This June, the Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Medical Program welcomed its 13th cohort with 24 students. This year, the program launched the inaugural Math Bootcamp which was held both on Grounds and online. For two days, students had the opportunity to brush up on their math skills before jumping into their rigorous science coursework. On their first official day of Orientation, students met with PBPM staff, alumni, and faculty, including the program’s new Academic Director, Biochemistry Professor Charlie Grisham.

First BPHM Graduates to Walk the Lawn with BIS graduates

Congratulations to the graduates and their familiesMay 14, 2018 The School’s Bachelor of Professional Studies in Health Sciences Management (BPHM) will see its first graduates walk the Lawn on Sunday, May 20, during the University’s Final Exercises.  The degree program, which launched in 2015, will graduate four students. These BPHM graduates will join 62 fellow graduates from the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS) at the School’s Diploma Ceremony following Final Exercises.

Recent UVA Survey Shows BIS Students Feel Supported During Their Time with SCPS

December 5, 2017 The University of Virginia administered the Gallup-Purdue Survey in 2015. Students who graduated in 2001-2015 were contacted to participate in a web-based survey to measure the emotional support they experienced while attending UVA. BIS graduates were among those who were surveyed and responded.  Learn more about what our BIS students had to say.