Institute start succession planning certificate program

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 seminar series leading to a succession planning certificate starting March 21.

Sessions will meet 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.”

Participants who enroll in the certificate program are required to attend two full-day core seminars and two of the four half-day elective seminars at a cost of $995. Upon completion, they will be able to address the key components of an integrated succession plan for their organization, Besaw said. Alternatively, participants may enroll in one or more seminars for a per-seminar rate.

The half-day elective seminars are “Growing Organizational Leaders,” March 21; “Identifying Employee Development Needs,” April 4; “Coaching Top Performers,” May 9; and “Retaining and Attracting Top Performers,” May 30.

The full-day core seminars are “Succession Planning Basics” on April 25 and the capstone seminar “Creating and Presenting Your Succession Plan” on June 13.

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, call 312-6430, e-mail or visit

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(Posted: Feb 27, 2008)