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November 19, 2013

Framingham State’s Office of Continuing Education is excited to announce two new certificate programs in Accounting and Professional Speech Communications.

Certificate programs are great options for people looking to obtain specific skills without having to enroll in a comprehensive program, according to Dr. Scott Greenberg, Associate Vice President and Dean of Continuing Education.

“Certificate programs typically consist of four-to-six-courses designed to meet specific workforce skills,” Greenberg said.

Students who earn the six-course Accounting Certificate will be able to prepare, analyze, and interpret accounting information, analyze financial transactions, communicate accounting results to management, apply accounting information in making business decisions, and enhance their problem solving skills.

“The certificate in accounting is designed for anyone with at least a high school degree to develop accounting skills that are in great demand,” said Dr. Sandra Rahman, chair of Department of Economics and Business Administration. “It is attracting many people in the area with degrees in other fields who find themselves working in accounting but without formal training in the discipline.”

The Professional Speech Communications Certificate is made up of five courses designed to improve face-to-face interactions by helping students decrease nervousness and anxiety when speaking to others, recognize and interpret nonverbal cues, participate confidently in meetings, discussions and presentations and organize ideas on the spot.

“In this day and age, with everyone relying on either social media or emails to communicate with one another, many people struggle when they need to articulate ideas without writing them down,” said Communication Arts Professor Audrey Kali. “Employees with strong verbal communication skills are in demand and this certificate program is designed to strengthen those skills.”

Framingham State also offers undergraduate certificate programs in Computer Programming Languages, Information Technology Fluency, Network and System Administration and Management, and Software Engineering. Graduate certificates are offered in Human Resource Management, Instructional Technology Proficiency and the Teaching of English as a Second Language. Click here for more information on all of the University’s Continuing Education Opportunities, or visit

About Framingham State University

Framingham State University was founded in 1839 as the nation’s first public university for the education of teachers. Since that time, it has evolved into a vibrant, comprehensive liberal arts institution offering small, personalized classes on a beautiful New England campus. Today, the University enrolls more than 6,400 students with 53 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in arts, humanities, sciences, social sciences and professional fields. As a public university, Framingham State prides itself on quality academic programs, affordability, and commitment to access for all qualified students.

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