Santa Clara University


Tapping Into SCU's Business Savvy

EDCpicture-lgYou don’t have to be an executive to take advantage of the classes at the Executive Development Center (EDC), the continuing education unit of the Leavey School of Business.

Located in state-of-the-art Lucas Hall, the EDC offers many open-enrollment courses—non-degree classes with no pre-requisites that focus on emerging and critical topics-of-the-day. Taught by some of the same faculty who teach in the nationally-ranked MBA programs on campus, many of these short, targeted business courses have been restructured as morning seminars and recession-priced at $145.

Current offerings include From ‘Winging it’ to ‘Winning’ in Negotiations (from 9 a.m. to noon on Oct. 5, 2010), one of a series of courses on the art of negotiation. “Anyone who is interested can enroll in these classes,” says Larry Robertson, associate dean for executive education and director of EDC. “Everybody, every day, negotiates something. People can take these classes to enhance their ability to conclude a negotiation and feel good about it, whether they’re buying a car, dealing with their neighbors or putting together a business deal.”

The EDC also offers more in-depth technical certifications (such as a certificate in technology entrepreneurship) as well as customized programs designed to assist companies in meeting the specific challenges of their business environments.