Chamber of Commerce honors ETSU’s Office of Professional Development

East Tennessee State University’s Office of Professional Development is the recipient of the CenturyLink Faith in the Future Award, presented recently by the Chamber of Commerce serving Johnson City-Jonesborough-Washington County.

The award was given in recognition of the non-credit programs offered by the office.

Darla Dye, director of Professional Development, says, “In 2015, about 10 percent of the 53 programs we offered were workforce development-related. Another 12 percent were academically oriented, including courses in songwriting, teaching piano to adults, GRE test preparation and mental health first aid. We also offer learning in retirement programs in partnership with the Alliance for Continued Learning, and we implement several conferences, like the 10th annual Intermountain Brain Injury Conference. Children’s enrichment programs are provided throughout the year, including eight weeks of summer camps.

“The courses fill up fast, which indicates a desire in the community for non-credit classes,” she adds.

The office staff also serves the community by creating educational opportunities and enhancing professional expertise through non-credit courses. Those offered in the immediate future are courses leading to Professional in Human Resources Certification and Pharmacy Technician Certification, as well as the Buffalo Mountain Songwriting Workshop and cooking classes.

A list of available non-credit courses may be seen at

For further information, call the Office of Professional Development at 800-222-3878.


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