BELLINGHAM, Wash. — Washington State University is piloting a graduate-level course in management of organizations taught from an engineering perspective Tuesday evenings, 7:15-10 p.m., Aug. 24-Dec. 19.
Classes will be delivered through a telecommunications hookup at Western Washington State University. Students would participate in live interactive networked classes, and communicate with professors via e-mail and periodic faculty visitations.
EM 501 Management of Organizations is a core course of WSU’s master’s in engineering management program already taught to professionals in the Tri-Cities, Vancouver, Spokane, Yakima, and at Boeing sites in Seattle. It deals with management and personnel techniques, strategic decision-making and quality assurance measures critical to local industry.
This class is a first step in northwest Washington counties to determine the interest in further courses leading either to a WSU master’s in engineering management degree program, or shorter certificate programs. The program differs from a traditional MBA, in that it is technically oriented, and is designed specifically to meet the needs of working engineers. Additional EM classes subsequently will be offered based on student interest.
WSU’s Hal Rumsey, EM professor, and Patti Elshafei, program support officer, will provide details and advising to potential students from 2-5 p.m., Monday, Aug. 3 at the Whatcom County Cooperative Extension Office, Whatcom County Courthouse Annex. They also will be at VECO at 10 a.m. Aug. 3, and at Anvil Corp. from 9-11 a.m. Aug. 4.
Applications are preferred by Aug. 10. For more information, contact 1-800/222-4WSU and ask for Patti Elshafei, or e-mail or check the EM website at .

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