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UNT Insider | March 2009 Issue | National Business Services Alliance

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UNT partners with National Business Services Alliance to help individuals gain job skills

From a UNT News Service press release

Ken Robertson

Ken Robertson

UNT has partnered with the National Business Services Alliance to develop an online program that will allow individuals to adapt to the difficult job market by gaining crucial job skills that will prepare them for in-demand careers.

The UNT Career Success Programs are expected to open for enrollment early this summer. The training will be offered through the Center for Achievement and Lifelong Learning at UNT, and will allow individuals to attain skill certifications in 12 weeks or less.

According to Ken Robertson, assistant vice president for lifelong learning at UNT, UNT Career Success Programs, offered in collaboration with NBSA, will create a strong strategic partnership alliance in promoting a vision for improving the work force economy. UNT is one of only two Texas institutions to partner with the NBSA to provide online career-focused training programs. NBSA is one of the nation's leading university-endorsed skills certification bodies.

"With the faltering economy and unstable job market, UNT is stepping up to help people enhance their skills so they can stay relevant in their current jobs or be more hirable for new ones. Our online program will be both easily accessible and fast so potential job seekers can rebound quickly," UNT President Gretchen M. Bataille says. "We are committed to helping people succeed in college and in the work force."

UNT Career Success Programs brochure

The National Business Services Alliance has identified the most in-demand workplace skills and training. According to Robertson, NBSA programs offer a range of options from accounting to sales.

"Each program addresses different needs, but our dedication to delivering the right training remains constant," Robertson says.

Individuals will be able to enroll based on referrals from their local Texas Workforce Development boards. Workforce boards are local units of the Texas Workforce Commission. They were created by the Texas Legislature in 1995. The boards promote the delivery of programs and services that meet the needs of business, industry and workers. Training and other services are designed to place Texans in jobs and to equip workers with the skills needed to foster economic development. Some of the boards to which UNT has applied include: Dallas, North Texas, Central Texas, Texoma, Northeast Texas and Tarrant.

For more information on UNT's developing Career Success Programs, visit http://unt.nbsalliance.com or contact Marilyn Wagner, director of the Center for Achievement and Lifelong Learning, at marilyn.wagner@unt.edu or 940-565-3487.

Alyssa Aber with UNT News Service can be reached at Alyssa.Aber@unt.edu.

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March 2009

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