I originally searched for a program like this because as a Department Head at a mid-sized Public Library I felt that the financial piece of running a non-profit was a skill I would need to move to the next level in my career. I had just started thinking about my next steps and wanted to have the confidence that I could excel in this aspect of running a library before seeking a promotional opportunity. As it turns out the perfect opportunity came up a little sooner than expected and I was offered a position heading up my own library when I was halfway through the certificate program. I know having the courses on my resume and talking about them during the interview process gave the hiring committee assurance that I have a solid working knowledge of financial matters to guide our organization forward.
On a practical note I love that the courses are self-paced, but with a recommended timeline for assignments. This gave me the best of both worlds - knowing that if I completed assignments according to schedule I'd be finished on time, but also allowing me the flexibility to work ahead or play catch up when my work/life schedule got busy.
I expect that I'll refer back to my notes and the resources I received in my classes quite often in my new role and I recommend the online certificate programs that Cornell offers to all my colleagues and associates.
Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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