Succession planning certificate program begins Feb. 2

In response to a U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report that 10,000 people retire every day, creating a projected shortage of 10.3 million employees by 2010, SUNY Oswego’s Institute for Professional and Organizational Development will host a series of seminars leading to a succession planning certificate.

The first half-day seminar in the series, “Growing Organizational Leaders,” will take place Feb. 2 at the Oswego State Education Center in the Oswego County Industrial Park in Phoenix.

“A strategic succession plan will enable organizations to respond positively to the projected human resource shortages over the next several years, an important and critical role within government, profit and nonprofit businesses,” said Donna Besaw, assistant director of continuing education at SUNY Oswego. “Making provisions for the development, replacement and strategic use of personnel in key positions will prepare business leaders for that role.”

Those who enroll in the certificate program are required to attend two full-day core courses and two of the four half-day elective seminars at a total cost of $995. Upon completion, they will be able to address the key components of an integrated succession plan for their organization, Besaw said.

The full-day core seminars are “Succession Planning Basics” on March 16 and the capstone seminar “Creating and Presenting Your Succession Plan” on June 1.

In addition to the Feb. 2 session, elective half-day seminars include “Identifying Employee Development Needs,” Feb. 16; “Coaching Top Performers,” April 20; and “Retaining and Attracting Top Performers,” May 4.

Individuals may enroll in one or more seminars for a per-seminar rate.

The SUNY Oswego Institute for Professional and Organizational Development is dedicated to partnering with business, government and nonprofit organizations to develop and deliver customized employee training based on current and future business needs. Its mission, “Your Success Is Our Business,” focuses on bottom-line results.

For more information on the succession planning certificate program, call 312-6430, visit or e-mail

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(Posted: Jan 10, 2007)