Thursday, October 01, 2015

[120] MTSU offering business courses at Rutherford Chamber

MURFREESBORO — MTSU’s Jennings A. Jones College of Business is offering a series of courses this fall at the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce to enhance the skills of business owners, executives and managers in the areas of online surveys, leadership and lean project management.

The three courses are being offered through the Jones College’s Executive Education program. Registration deadline for all three courses is Oct. 16. For costs, details and to register, visit

“Executive and professional education is an important way for the Jones College to meet the continuing need for advanced training that is immediately applicable to solving real world problems,” said David Urban, dean of the Jones College.

The sessions will be facilitated by seasoned faculty members from the college “with proven track records in their respective fields,” said Kim Sokoya, associate dean for graduate and executive education. “Holding the training sessions at the Rutherford Chamber should offer added convenience to participants.” 

The chamber is located at 3050 Medical Center Parkway, just off Exit 76 on Interstate 24.

• Anyone looking to start their own online marketing research program should register for “Online Marketing Research Methods: Developing Online Surveys and Analyzing Respondent Data.” The three-hour course will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 20. Facilitator will be marketing professor Timothy Graeff, director of the Office of Consumer Research.

This session will teach participants how to create, administer, manage and analyze results from online marketing research surveys.

• Those looking to build leadership skills will be interested in “Maximizing Your Potential with Strengths-Based Leadership,” which will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. Oct. 29. Facilitator will be Deana Raffo, associate professor of management and leadership studies coordinator in the Jones College.

This session will teach participants about the principles of strengths-based leadership, how to leverage personal strengths, and techniques for investing in other’s strengths to maximize organizational success.
• Improve project management skills by registering for “Lean Project Management,” which will be held from 8 a.m. to noon Nov. 6. Facilitators are Cliff Welborn, associate professor of management and a Lean Six Sigma master black belt, and Kimball Bullington, professor of management and Six Sigma master black belt.

This Excel-based seminar will provide participants with a simple, powerful tool to manage basic projects through class instruction, discussion and hands-on project application. Among other things, participants will learn how to manage basic projects, use an Excel spreadsheet and monitor project progress.
For more information about these courses, contact Chrissy Koepfgen at 615-898-2964 or visit

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