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Human Resources Professional Certificate: Learning & Organizational Development

Learn the keys to effective training and development efforts. Understand the value of aligning training strategy to organizational mission, vision, and goals.


Learn the keys to effective training and development efforts. Understand the value of aligning training strategy to organizational mission, vision, and goals. Explore adult learning principles and focus on the overall training process, including needs analysis, design and development principles, delivery methods and evaluation techniques. Students will also have an opportunity to design and deliver their own training program.

Who Should Enroll

The certificate is designed for professionals entering the HR field, entry- to mid-level managers, small business owners or anyone needing to brush up on their HR skills.  New supervisors or managers looking to gain knowledge might benefit too.


“This program enhanced my knowledge in the Human Resources field and motivated me to seek positions of higher responsibilities.  The professors were true experts in their fields and I am beyond grateful for the opportunity to attend these courses. “  Elizabeth R., 2018

“I am now working in the Human Resource Department as the HR Associate.  In this role, I assist the department in onboarding and recruitment, training, benefits administration, and day to day operations.  It was a temp to hire position, and I started in June. As of next week, I will be an official employee! I am really enjoying it, and credit my studies at CCSU in helping me land this job; the courses were informative without being overwhelming, and the professors truly cared about students’ understanding and success. I keep in touch with many of the professors and my classmates!”  Andrea M., 2018

“Very professional and informative.  A great course for anyone currently working on any level.”  Karen, Fall 2019

“I appreciated MaryJos expertise in the field with training and development.  It is a lot of information to present in 6 weeks though, at least in my opinion.” Anonymous, Fall 2019

“Course was great and answered any questions I had as well as I learned so much.  Anonymous, Fall 2019


Central Connecticut State University

185 Main Street

New Britain, CT  06051

Room:  TBD

Schedule, Costs & Contact


February 25 – March 31 (make up April 7)

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm


Attendance is mandatory; one excused absence is allowed per course.

Contact:  Judy Ratcliffe; 860-832-2276;


Ms. Mary Jo Leahy

Ms. Mary Jo Leahy is a human resources and training consultant with over twenty-five years of experience. She has designed and delivered training programs for a wide variety of organizations in industries including health care, manufacturing, construction, financial services and social services. Mary Jo’s previous employers include Harvard-Pilgrim Health Care, Lynch Ryan & Associates, Inc., and General Instrument Corporation.  Her education includes a BS degree in Human Resources Management from UMass-Dartmouth and a MBA from Bentley College.