Carnegie Mellon University

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May 12, 2022

Administrative Professionals and Excel Training Pilot Update

The Office of Human Resources (OHR) partnered with the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) to develop two professional development training courses: 1) the Administrative Professionals training program and 2) Excel training (foundations plus an advanced course).

Administrative Professionals Program

The twelve-week pilot Administrative Professionals Program ended on May 4, 2022. This program covered both technical and professional skills for administrative professionals (admin assistants, admin coordinators, executive assistants, etc.) at all experience levels. OHR is currently evaluating feedback from the participants to determine next steps for the program.

The nineteen participants in the program were as follows:

  • Samantha Bridge (Electrical & Computer Engineering)
  • Brian Brown, Jr. (Information Networking Institute)
  • Kari Carbone (Center for Business Engagement)
  • Gretchen Colbert (Office of the General Counsel)
  • Brian Czarniecki (University Events and Engagement)
  • Krista Dichiera (SCS Dean's Office)
  • E. Forney (CIT Marketing and Communications)
  • Jeanine Headley (University Communications & Marketing)
  • Mi Kim (Mechanical Engineering)
  • Stephanie Longmire (HR Benefits)
  • Janelle Miles (Alumni and Constituent Engagement)
  • Shelley Phelps (Electrical & Computer Engineering)
  • Angela Racko (Electrical & Computer Engineering)
  • Elizabeth Roberts (Computing Services)
  • Kelly Rockenstein (Materials Science & Engineering)
  • Diane Robinson (CIT Dean's Office)
  • Randi Senchur (CEE: Civil & Environmental Engineering)
  • Laura Shaheen (Chemical Engineering)
  • Dawn Sienko (Electrical & Computer Engineering)

Excel Training Program

OHR also partnered with CCAC to provide Microsoft Excel training that consisted of an Excel Foundations and an Advanced Excel course, developed in consultation with the Finance Division. Both courses were developed to ensure that participants can successfully apply the Excel skills learned to practical applications within CMU’s business environment. Since this was a pilot program, OHR and Finance are reviewing post-session assessments to gauge the success and value of the training. If the feedback indicates a positive learning experience and outcomes, OHR plans to offer this program on a larger scale and define the nomination process and criteria.