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LERN consultants provide expertise to continuing education programs

Thu, Nov 05,2015 @ 12:04 PM
by LERN |

LERN Consultants are on the road more than 200 days a year visiting and helping LERN members around the world.

Senior Consultant Dr. Rita Martinez-Purson brings more than 30 years of continuing education executive expertise. Her work includes launching two successful start-up continuing education units, the most recent at the University of Arizona, as well as bringing renewal, growth and vibrancy to established organizations. She has served as a Dean of Continuing Education in both university – University of New Mexico – and community college – Santa Fe Community College – settings and is a skilled facilitator, trainer, planner and project manager.

Dr. Martinez-Purson provide the following to continuing educaton units:

  • Strategic planning
  • Program reviews
  • Continuing education and credit relationship strategies
  • Strategic organizational development: planned and scaled development for any stage of growth – from start-up operations to reengineering of existing programs
  • Program portfolio planning and development
  • Succession planning and management
  • Staffing plan development and managementLogistics of professional development and human resource management
  • Executive coaching
  • Professional communication strategies
  • Facilitation skills for planning, meetings and organizational development
  • Trust and relationship-building strategies
  • Working effectively with central administration
  • Public relations and partnerships to leverage growth and support
  • Developing the customized contract training effort
  • Delivering customer-focused quality in programs and services for all age groups
  • Diversity planning, training and management

Check out this video tip sheet from Dr. Martinez-Purson on why strong leadership is vital to becoming a strong lifelong learning program:

If you are interested in consulting support from Dr. Martinez-Purson or any other LERN consultant, you should
contact LERN’s Greg Marsello at marsello@lern.org who can help you determine the best match for your continuing education unit. 

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