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Reimagine Arkansas Workforce Program Certification Offerings:
  • Entrepreneurship/Small Business Management
  • Human Resources
  • Digital Marketing Fundamentals
  • Accounting Software
  • IBM Computer Technology Badges
  • Wine Education (21+ years)
  • Spirits Education (21+ years)
Description of Certificate Offerings (all course offerings are virtual)

Entrepreneurship/Small Business Management Certificate
(90 days—3months) 12 hours per week meeting time

Entrepreneurship is defined as 'the act of starting and running your own business or a tendency to be creative and wish to work for yourself in your own ventures.' This program is perfect for two types of people. Those who found themselves out of work because of the early conditions of the pandemic, or those who struggled to stay with an employer but think the time is now to strike out on their own. The curriculum introduces key issues in entrepreneurship, such as building and growing a business from scratch, personal characteristics shared by successful entrepreneurs, and where to find resources available to budding entrepreneurs. Completing this program will set a student on the path for a successful launch of a new business or more business management knowledge to allow them to pivot the direction of a current small business.

Human Resources Certificate
(60 days—2 months) 12 hours per week meeting time

The design of this program fits Human Resource Management professionals looking to remain current with innovations and procedures in HR but limited on time needed for long-term instruction. People looking to get into HR Management are also encouraged to apply to acquire training and experience. This course will teach the basics of managing the benefits and policies that support an effective staff, along with strategies to address common HR issues covering anti-discrimination regulations, pay policies, the process of hiring and firing employees, and more. Completing this course will put an HR professional on the path to keeping their organization's most valuable assets–its people–working with as little stress as possible.

Digital Marketing Fundamentals Certificate Program
(6 weeks) 12 hours per week meeting time

Just because the ‘kids are doing it,’ doesn’t mean managing the world of social media as a digital marketer is child’s play. This is a program for aspiring marketing professionals looking to improve their knowledge and application of the theory and practice of digital marketing. This program will teach you terminology and strategy to use for internet searches, social media management, producing web analytics, and producing effective marketing and advertising plans across all digital platforms.

Accounting Software (QuickBooks)
(60 days—2 months per Software taught)

Businesses have learned the benefits of using accounting software to help with tracking accounts receivable and accounts payable while producing reports that show clear proof of profitability and preps for needed tax season receipts. Moving up past the traditional paper ledger and even the use of spreadsheets is crucial for growing businesses. This program will help those looking to carve out a niche in Human Resources or Accounting get a company up to speed by teaching the fundamental of one of the most popular accounts software programs on the market today: QuickBooks.

IBM Certifications/Badges
(Each badge is for a duration of 3 weeks). 6 hours per week per badge
Badges Accredited Via International Business Machines Corporation

The IBM Certification/Badge Program allows grant students to earn certifications, denoted as ‘badges,’ in various technology fields that are in demand. The training for each badge will be instructor lead for three weeks, and at the successful completion of each test, you will be officially certified in the area(s) of your choice to show your badge(s) and get hired immediately! The curriculum and certification test are provided by a grant from IBM, with badge eligibility in Artificial Intelligence, Cloud Computing, Cyber Security, Data Science, Enterprise Design Thinking.

Wine Education
(4 weeks - 1 month) 6 hours per week (Virtual, Must Be 21+ To Participate)
Certificates Accredited Via WSET (Wine and Spirit Education Trust)

The Wine & Spirit Education Trust provides globally recognized education and qualifications in wines, spirits, and sake, for professionals and enthusiasts. Thanks to a partnership with Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits, the Reimagine Grant Program can offer a course that will put a participant on the path to earning a WSET Level 1 Award in Wines, even if they have little or no prior knowledge of wines. This course of study will provide a sound but simple introduction to wines. The course will explore the critical stages of the lifecycle of wine production, the principal types and styles of wine, state the key characteristics of wines, and know the fundamental principles involved in the storage and service of wine. Completing this certification should provide the holder with familiarity with the main types and styles of wines, suitable for people who work with wines as part of a more extensive beverage portfolio in the retail and hospitality sectors. They will consequently be able to answer customer queries and provide recommendations for the service of wine.

Spirits Education (21+ years)
(4 weeks - 1 month) 6 hours per week (Virtual, Must Be 21+ To Participate)
Certificates Accredited Via WSET (Wine and Spirit Education Trust) 

The WSET Level 1 Award in Spirits is intended for people who have little or no prior knowledge of spirits. It is designed to provide a sound but simple introduction to spirits and will assist those who need a basic familiarity with the main styles and categories, for example people who work with spirits in the retail and hospitality sectors. Successful candidates will be able to list the principal spirits categories, state their defining characteristics, and know the key principles involved in creating a balanced cocktail. They will consequently be able to answer customer queries and provide recommendations for spirit's service.

"I think, therefore I am"

Shorter College is a private, faith-based, two-year liberal arts college located in North Little Rock, Arkansas. Founded in 1886 by the African Methodist Episcopal Church, Shorter College is one of the nation’s 110 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) and the only private, two-year HBCU in the nation. For more than a decade, the offerings and innovations from our institution have led Shorter College to a continuing ranking as the fastest-growing college campus in Central Arkansas.
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