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UCI Division of Continuing Education Launches New Organizational Leadership and Communication Specialized Studies Program

IRVINE, Calif. – August 9, 2011 – University of California, Irvine Extension today announces a new organizational leadership and communication specialized studies program for business professionals interested in innovative ways to directly involve and motivate employees to create positive organizational change. Participants will gain insight into their own leadership style and will learn action strategies that build loyalty, enhance productivity, boost performance and improve employee relations. In addition, a new fall quarter online course within the program, “Foundations of Leadership,” will run from Sept. 19 to Nov. 20 – with registration now open.

“Companies seek managers who can build high-performing teams through leadership, group facilitation, communication and conflict management. They must be able to coordinate multiple activities simultaneously, analyze and resolve problems and cope with deadlines,” said Tom Pokladowski, Esq., acting director of law, finance and business programs at UC Irvine Extension. “The new specialized studies program provides business professionals with the expertise to expand their capabilities and become effective leaders.”

Program content will include people-management skills and strategies for encouraging loyalty, enhancing productivity, boosting performance and improving employee relations. Participants also will learn to facilitate effective listening and communication skills across any organization, as well as assess conflicts and build high-performance teams.

Taught by Kerri Lewis, M.A., “Foundations of Leadership” will provide a hands-on approach to help managers and supervisors develop the people-management skills vital to successful leadership. Participants also will learn to identify leadership skills in themselves and others, as well as develop communication strategies for promptly and effectively sharing information throughout the organization. They will be able to recognize, encourage and reinforce employee team efforts, and provide behaviorally specific feedback for effective coaching.

To learn more about the specialized studies program or register for its new dynamic course, “Foundations of Leadership,” please visit: or contact Francine Berg via email at or call (949)824-4661.

About UCI Division of Continuing Education

The University of California, Irvine Division of Continuing Education (DCE) provides lifelong learning opportunities to thousands of students worldwide each year – fulfilling the school’s 60-year curriculum platform to connect degree programs to the world of work and achievement after graduation. The Division offers a broad range of certificate programs, specialized studies, and sequential courses to local, regional and global markets through online, on-campus and on-site delivery. A leader in the open education movement, the Division offers free Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs) and content through the UCI Open initiative. For more information about UCI Division of Continuing Education, visit

About the University of California, Irvine

Founded in 1965, UCI is the youngest member of the prestigious Association of American Universities. The campus has produced three Nobel laureates and is known for its academic achievement, premier research, innovation, and anteater mascot. Led by Chancellor Howard Gillman, UCI has more than 36,000 students and offers 222 degree programs. It’s located in one of the world’s safest and most economically vibrant communities and is Orange County’s second-largest employer, contributing $5 billion annually to the local economy. For more on UCI, visit