Point Park's new Management Excellence courses are aimed at all job levels

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Point Park University hopes its new Center for Management Excellence will help everyone from entry-level workers to executive suite managers improve their professional game.

Executive director Rex P. Gatto believes the center's Downtown location -- specifically, on the seventh floor of Point Park's student center on Wood Street -- will be convenient for the 150,000 or so professionals working Downtown, making it easy to come by for a three-hour training program or seminar to help them attain career goals.

The center's courses will run the gamut, from learning how to conduct a meeting to becoming a better CPA, and will be taught by instructors from Point Park as well as the local business community. "We want to be able to reach out to all levels of employees," said Mr. Gatto, who also has a consulting business in Mt. Lebanon.

Courses start Feb. 22. Typically, he said, a class will meet weekly or twice monthly in three-hour sessions after which the students earn a certificate, continuing education credit or get started on obtaining credits toward a degree.

The center also will offer webinars, workshops and skill assessments that can be tailored to individuals or specific businesses.

Fees are still being worked out, but Mr. Gatto said the plans is to offer some classes for less than $100 while finding sponsorships for other courses that will keep fees a manageable size. The center also will make a special effort to reach out to military veterans.

The center will focus on developing both work skills and personal skills ("If you want to be successful, you have to be brilliant in both areas"), such as conflict resolution, dealing with a change in leadership at work or even how to be a good follower as well as a good leader. "These are the skills you need to be promotable."

Initially, the center will be offering about 15 courses. More information is available at http://www.pointpark.edu/cme .

Mr. Gatto, 60, is a Pittsburgh native with a background in behavioral science and counseling. While he is continuing to run his own consulting firm, Gatto Associates LLC, he plans to wind down that business in coming months to concentrate on the new center.

Steve Twedt: stwedt@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1963. First Published January 13, 2012 5:00 AM


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