Professional Development and Training Reps Meet with North African Educators

Professional Development and Training Reps Meet with North African Educators

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Linda Conti

Linda Conti, marketing director for UNH’s Professional Development and Training, and an interpreter, at a meeting with North African educators.

Educators from North Africa met with UNH’s Professional Development and Training team recently to learn more about the way it provides training and workforce development to businesses, organizations, and individuals. The visitors also were interested in how training and public-private collaborations and partnerships relate to social and economic initiatives.

The group included university administrators, adult education directors, professors from vocational-technical institutions, HR consultants, and government officials from Morocco, Libya and Tunisia.

Linda Conti, marketing director, and Karina Drumheller, manager of business program development, provided an overview of Professional Development and Training’s programs that includes everything from one-day seminars to certificate programs to on-site customized training. More than 150 one-day seminars and short certificate programs are offered each semester. Conferences and institutes range from a day-long IRS tax law update to a week-long course on violin making.

“Our program started years ago when an employer asked what the University of New Hampshire was doing for his workforce,” Drumheller told the nine visitors, some of whom listened with the help of an interpreter. “The content of our workshops is very practical.”

Added Conti, “Our programs are broad. We help individuals, and we help companies develop their workforce through educational training. We look at how employees can be better employees; how mangers can better manage.”

The foreign educators, here through the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program, asked questions related to selecting trainers, registering people for training, the structure used in conducting seminars and workshops, evaluating materials used, and comparing young adult learners to traditional students.

The International Visitor Leadership Program connects current and emerging foreign leaders with their American counterparts through short-term visits to the United States.

UNH was among several New Hampshire stops made in September. The group previously visited Alabama and Washington, D.C., and were headed next to New York.

Professional Development offers certificate programs in such areas as leadership and supervision, project management, human resources, professional coaching, child and teen coaching, desktop publishing, web design, and more. Conferences are geared toward, among others, managers, office professionals, educators, mental health professionals, and tax preparers. An upcoming November conference on leadership has already sold out.

Read more about Professional Development and Training offerings here.

Click here to request a catalog or special brochure, email professional.development@unh.edu or call 2-7380.