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CPAs: VCU Center for Corporate Education now certified to offer CPEs

Aug. 7, 2019 - Wendy Martin

Certified public accountants in Central Virginia and beyond can now earn mandatory continuing professional education credits (CPEs) at the VCU Center for Corporate Education. Classes begin September 2019 at the VCU School of Business and are offered in Snead Hall. Upcoming CPE classes include ethics credits that are notoriously difficult to find and obtain.

For more than 25 years, the Center has offered continuing education units (CEUs) and courses for a wide range of professions and professional certifications. In addition to public classes available through open enrollment, the Center also offers customized training for teams and organizations.

In early 2019, on the recommendation of VCU’s Business Alumni Society, the Center began pursuing certification by the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy. NASBA granted certification in July and the Center’s first CPE courses will begin in September. A complete list of CPEs available at VCU may be found on the NASBA’s National Registry of CPE Sponsors.

Upcoming CPE courses include:

  • Coaching for Leaders and Managers
    • Date: September 10, 2019
    • Field of study: Personnel/Human Resources
    • Credit hours: 8
  • Managing and Leading Change
    • Date: October 10, 2019
    • Field of study: Personnel/Human Resources
    • Credit hours: 8
  • Project Management Essentials
    • Date: October 21, 2019
    • Field of study: Management Services
    • Credit hours: 21
  • PMP Exam Prep
    • Date: October 28, 2019
    • Field of study: Management Services
    • Credit hours: 14
  • Maximizing Productivity 
    • Date: November 6, 2019
    • Field of study: Personal Development
    • Credit hours: 3
  • Leading Effective Teams
    • Date: November 12, 2019
    • Field of study: Personnel/Human Resources
    • Credit hours: 8
  • Unconscious Bias in the Workplace
    • Date: November 13, 2019
    • Field of study: Behavioral Ethics
    • Credit hours: 3

Ethics class part of a week-long focus

When Center leaders learned that Ethics CPEs are hard to find, they decided to offer one during an already scheduled “Ethics Week ” at the VCU School of Business. That course, “Unconscious Bias in the Workplace,” will be offered on November 13. The half-day course is intended for individuals who want to foster relationships characterized by respect and appreciation for difference.

Why professionals choose VCU

“Professionals often come here for continuing education because they work downtown and we are so convenient. We also get a lot of alumni who want to come back to campus,” says Katybeth Lee, the Center’s associate director. “Parking is included. It’s right next to the building. We provide great meals and snacks, and Snead Hall is a beautiful, state-of-the-art space. It’s easy to participate in our courses.”

The VCU Center for Corporate Education is committed to offering classes taught by active business professionals with real-world experience. “We’re not interested in someone who is approaching their topic only from a theoretical lens. Students in the workplace sniff that out quickly and demand more,” says Lee. “Good adult learning is applied and from lived experience. All are classes are set up to address the topic, why it matters to the student, and how they can use it in their job.”

Scholarships available to nonprofits and others

The Center for Corporate Education offers a limited number of scholarships (typically a 50 percent discount) for each of its classes to participants who work for public or non-profit organizations, or are currently unemployed. These scholarships are intended to support participant’s individual development for the benefit of the larger organization and community.

“Our mission is to create impactful learning focused on individual development for the benefit of the larger organization and community,” says Lee. “Scholarships are affiliated with that mission. For example, we have a student from the Richmond Fire Department who is taking our Lean Six Sigma class on scholarship. She wrote a great essay explaining how the department has an opportunity to work on process improvement and to identify defects in their processes that will enhance their service to our community. Those are the kind of people who earn that award.”