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UCI Division of Continuing Education Launches New Business Process Optimization Certificate Program

Online Program Develops Student Capabilities to Design, Deploy and Sustain an Organizational BPO Framework

IRVINE, Calif. – May 16, 2013 – The University of California, Irvine Extension has launched a new online Business Process Optimization (BPO) certificate program for students seeking a better understanding of the business side of process optimization. Participants in the program will be introduced to business process architectures, process maturity models, business improvement standards such as ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 and business improvement methodologies such as Lean and Six Sigma.

“The new BPO certificate program allows participants to engage in critical thinking and problem solving with creativity and innovation,” said Angela Jeantet, director of UC Irvine Extension’s education and business programs. “It is designed to introduce the key steps involved in building a BPO framework that satisfies the needs of their organization.”

The first course in the program will be offered in summer of 2013. The “Introduction to Business Process Optimization” online course will provide participants with an understanding of the components of the BPO framework and an awareness of the methodologies, tools and models that serve as its core elements. The course will teach students to identify, define and embed critical business improvement mindsets and behaviors needed for reinforcing business process optimization efforts. Online instruction will begin on July 1 and run through August 11.

The certificate program is geared for business process or process improvement practitioners as well as change leaders, project managers, process managers, business analysts, entrepreneurs and those professionals who wish to advance their careers by taking on greater responsibilities.

Additional program courses will be offered in the fall of 2013. A certificate is awarded upon completion of five (5) required courses and two (2) elective courses for a total of 15 units with a grade of “C” or better. All requirements must be completed within five (5) years after the student enrolls in his/her first course.

To learn more about the certificate program or to register for one of its new dynamic courses, visit: Business Process Optimization Certificate or call 949-824-9427.

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