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Online Class

February 26 – April 1
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm



Judy Ratcliffe

Human Resources Professional Certificate Course: 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.

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

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.


Mary Jo Leahy is a talent development professional with over thirty years of experience working in diverse settings with a wide variety of clients. She is currently the Global Director of Talent Development for Workhuman, a human resources technology company on the cutting edge of employee wellbeing and strategic employee recognition – and the resulting impact on overall company growth and success. Throughout her career, she was responsible for the design and delivery of training programs for organizations in many industries, most notably health care, manufacturing, construction, financial services and social services. In addition to running her own firm, Leahy Resources, for over twenty-five years, Mary Jo has been employed with Harvard-Pilgrim Health Care, Lynch Ryan & Associates, Inc., and General Instrument Corporation. She holds a BS degree in Human Resources Management from UMass-Dartmouth and an MBA from Bentley College.


If the class is online students will need a computer with video and microphone.


“Mary Jo was a wonderful and engaging instructor. She involved all class members actively through breakout rooms and conversation. Great class!” Fall 2023

“Mary Jo made the course engaging, interactive and allowed us a space to be vulnerable and truly learn. I loved the course.” -Megan, Fall 2023

“Mary Jo made this class fun and I looked forward to it every week.” -Rosey, Fall 2023

“Mary Jo was able to incorporate real life experiences and relate it to us. She gave us feedback on presentation done via online settings.” Anonymous, Spring 2023

“Mary Jo was a very personable instructor who kept us all engaged. She knew the subject and gave us real life application.” Jennifer Medina, Spring 2023

“Such a great program for anyone looking to advance themselves within their Human Resources career. I have been able to gain insight and knowledge on the different HR functions such as Learning & Development, Strategic Staffing, Employment and the law and more.” -Abby; Fall, 2022

“Mary Jo Leahy instructs a fantastic class. She keeps the students engaged and involved in order to deeper the understanding of the material.” Fall, 2022

“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

“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