Organizational leadership degree prepares students for new normal

WYOMISSING, Pa. — The Penn State Berks baccalaureate degree in organizational leadership (OLEAD) helps to prepare students for the new normal in the workplace. The degree is developed specifically for adult learners (age 24 and older) who are interested in expanding their professional horizons. The Office of Continuing Education will hold a virtual Adult Student Information Session beginning at 6 p.m. June 10. Those interested in learning more about the degree program should register today.

According to program chair Catherine Dunning-Catanach, “Our students are people who have careers or own businesses who have some or no college course work. The OLEAD program is the perfect place for successful people to complete their undergraduate education.”

The 123-credit degree program provides a well-rounded, liberal arts education with a focus on the complex social, cultural and organizational issues that confront today’s leaders. The degree prepares adult learners to build practical work skills that can be utilized immediately, including a solid foundation in critical thinking, decision making, problem solving and team building. Students can choose from a variety of electives that support and meet individual career goals. The Penn State Berks program offers accelerated hybrid seven-week courses that are held on Thursday evenings.

Frederick J Jaschick Jr., a recent graduate of the degree program, commented, “The OLEAD program has been instrumental in providing me with a quality education that I can immediately put into practice in my role as a leader in the workplace.”

The degree program is enhanced by its flexibility. Students have the opportunity to earn an accelerated certificate in accelerated foundations of employment relations and leadership (FERL) while they are working toward their bachelor of science in organizational leadership, giving them an advantage in the workplace while they earn their degree. Students can also choose to earn the FERL certificate and then apply those credits toward the degree program. This 12-credit certificate provides a solid foundation in leadership concepts and employment relationships and it can be completed during the fall and spring semesters of one academic year.

For additional information about the organizational leadership degree program, contact program chair Catherine Dunning-Catanach at 610-396-6159 or [email protected].