Mediation is defined as a structured, interactive process where an impartial third party assists disputing parties in resolving conflict through the use of specialized communication and negotiation techniques. A definition like that would test the limits of boredom when introduced into the real world. Luckily, UNLV Continuing Education’s lead instructor, Patricia Battie, goes above and beyond injecting her enthusiasm and passion into every class.
It can take a lifetime of practice, experimentation, success, and of course failure to achieve any level of expertise in a field of study. It takes an incredibly special person to turn around and take those years of hard work and offer them up to the next generation. Gae (Gabbie) Hirsch is one of those passionate individuals with her twenty plus years of teaching at UNLV Continuing Education.
Carola Anderson brought her human resources degree to Las Vegas about ten years ago so she could work with her husband in the family business. As the years passed, she pondered a career change. As she pursued career opportunities, she found everyone required certifications or degrees. Carola began searching for programs that led to the necessary certifications in interpretation.
Natalie Knuth recently completed both UNLV’s Lean Six Sigma Green Belt and Black Belt programs. Did she enroll in the courses in hopes of bettering her future at a Fortune 500 company? Was she striving to become a successful CEO or vice president? Did her past showcase a traditional business management career path? Not exactly. Natalie came to the Lean Six Sigma program at UNLV by way of her theater background.
Todd has a love of education but also strives to make his personal and professional life better by learning things he did not otherwise know. Even though his emphasis in UNLV’s Continuing Education is from a business point of view, Todd’s introduction to the classes was through personal enrichment. With his wife, he enrolled in a wine tasting class as well as a French language class. That’s when he heard about the Human Resource Management Certificate and the Organizational Leadership program. He has since completed both certificates, but for a successful person like Todd the work is not done. He will soon start the Lean Six Sigma program in hopes of finding ways to help his company attain optimal efficiency. Todd truly is the lifelong learner.
There is a point in everyone’s life where they reconsider their career path. Dan Beatty’s story shows that, with hard work and vision, it’s possible to re-chart your life’s course. Six years ago, Dan managed a sporting goods store while also clocking in at a fast food restaurant to make ends meet. But he realized he was not on track to the future he wanted. His search for new career possibilities brought him to UNLV. Memories of running around his grandfather’s dental office inspired him to consider the medical field. With that in mind, he researched options that eventually led him to UNLV Continuing Education’s Medical Assistant program. After he completed his classroom and simulation training, Dan embraced his externship where he continued to take advantage of every opportunity to learn new skills. Certificate in hand, Dan sifted through his employment options. Taking advantage of the UNLV Alumni connection, he opted to join with Dr. Ravi Ramanathan of Family Doctors of Green Valley as his first job in the medical field. Over the last five years Dan worked hard to rise through the ranks, going from medical assistant, to assistant manager, to clinical manager, to his current position as a practice manager. His long term goals include becoming a senior practice manager where he would run multiple doctors’ offices to eventually becoming a hospital administrator. All his current success goes back to Dan’s decision to reconsider his future six years ago. He took the path less traveled to find a future full of opportunities and promise. Learn more about the Medical Assistant program.
“This program has just been such a great opportunity for me and I recommend it and suggest it for anyone in the nonprofit sector.” -Aries Cyrus-Sims, UNLV Nonprofit Certificate Aries Cyrus-Sims has a passion for helping people. Growing up in Lansing, Michigan she was always seeking out volunteer opportunities and found great support from her philanthropic-focused family. She strove to make an impact on the lives of individuals. But how could she turn that passion into a career? In 2007 Aries moved to Las Vegas to support her local pastor and his wife as they opened a sister church. Helping people was still her focus, but she also had to support herself with careers in the retail and hospitality industries. It was not until a friend recommended she get her foot in the door with a nonprofit company that Aries began to combine her passion with her career goals. She realized she needed to learn more about the business side of the nonprofit industry. Aries researched her best options and in doing so she attended an introductory course at UNLV Continuing Education called An Introduction to the Nonprofit Sector. She quickly realized the comprehensive nonprofit certificate would open all sorts of new doors for her. She signed up for the classes and never looked back. It took Aries about a year to complete the certificate program. Almost a year into her new journey, Aries is able to meld her passion with her career. She is supporting community members as they help themselves and each other. Learn more about the Nonprofit program.