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The Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership and Learning (OLL), formerly Workforce Leadership, is designed for working professionals who have at least five years of experience in working or teaching in various career fields.
This program is a great option for adults seeking that extra edge in today's job market. If you are ready to finish your degree, we can help do it while you enhance your skills in leading people and organizations or plan for a new career.
Classes are offered online, or in convenient off-campus locations, Monday through Thursday evenings in Louisville, and on base at Fort Knox.
As a degree completion program, we award prior learning credit for your professional development (corporate training), military training, licenses, certifications, etc. With this experience, you can earn college credit.
This program can lead to career opportunities in areas of leadership, training and development, human resources, and workforce development roles. To learn more, contact Sherry Duffy at sherry.duffy @ louisville.edu or 502-852-0568.
Joe Jacoby, December 2011 graduate of the Organizational Leadership and Learning program. Joe played UofL football 34 years ago and joined the Washington Redskins before completing his degree program. Despite his great career in football and building a successful business after retiring from the NFL, Joe always wanted to get his degree. He finally realized that dream in December 2011 when he completed the OLL degree program. Read more on Hogs Haven. Watch Joe Jacoby accept the Workforce Leadership Legends Award.
James Wellman, Dec. 2010 graduate of the B.S. in Workforce Leadership and CIO at McKesson Technology, Comanche County Memorial Hospital in Lawton, Oklahoma, was asked if he would recommend the program to others.
"Yes, I would recommend the program and I already have. It has been very rewarding for me and ...I was able to apply the lessons learned in class to my professional life. The program enabled me to apply for a job I could not have pursued without the degree."
Deenie Espinoza, Malcolm S. Knowles Award winner and fall 2010 graduate of the Workforce Leadership program. Deenie is a Student Success Coach at Learning House, Inc.
"The Workforce Leadership program created learning experiences that really helped me reflect on my knowledge as a stepping stone to reach to educational goals. Instructors provided lessons and activities that connected me to current research so that I am more effective in my current job and a better qualified applicant for future career opportunities."
Read about Carol Wesley's experience and perspective on returning to college.
All classes in the major tracks are offered online through Blackboard. Blackboard is the course management system used by UofL to facilitate online learning. Among other things, students use Blackboard to...
The biggest benefit of online learning is that you can work to earn your degree from your own home while raising your family, working full time, or experiencing particular life circumstances that make commuting to campus difficult or impossible. At UofL, you are taught by the same world class faculty as our on campus students. You read the same textbooks, do many of the same assignments and earn the same degrees. The biggest difference is that you are able to do it in a way that best fits your lifestyle.
Be prepared for online learning. Online learning is learning that is facilitated in an online environment. Rather than attend class in a traditional classroom setting, online learning allows you to "go to class" when it's convenient for you whether that's 5 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Online learning is not for everyone. Successful online students...
There are three components necessary to complete the Bachelor of Science in Workforce Leadership:
This track is designed for professionals seeking to develop skills in leadership and knowledge for improving organizational and employee effectiveness related to productivity, work satisfaction, morale and/or quality of work life.
All courses are available online, face-to-face in the evenings in Louisville, and on the base at Fort Knox.
This track is designed for professionals who work with clients and/or various stakeholders to enhance workplace learning and improve organizational performance.
The purpose of this track is to develop knowledge and skill in the design, development, delivery and evaluation of job-related training and performance improvement.
All courses are available online worldwide, as well as face-to-face in the evenings in Louisville and on the base at Fort Knox.
This area of track is designed for career and technical education instructors. It is for professionals who have obtained positions as teachers of career and technical education in technical centers or secondary schools.
Courses focus on teaching, evaluation and classroom management skills. To qualify, an individual must document 2,000 hours of prior work experience in an approved occupation. Three of the qualifying years of work experience must have occurred in the last five years of their work history.
The 64-hour Rank Change program requires 21 hours in the industrial education track, 24 hours in the Occupation/Specialization, and 20 hours in general education.
Graduates of this program receive a Rank II from the Department of Education by completing the TC-1 form.
In order to gain admission to the B.S. OLL program, students must have prior college experience or an associates degree, a cumulative GPA of 2.25 and a minimum of five (5) years extensive workplace experience and/or military or industry training. Please visit the Undergraduate Admissions website for details: http://louisville.edu/admissions/apply/requirements.
New students can begin courses at multiple points in the year. All application materials should be submitted by the following dates:
Do you have 90 credit hours or more? If so, you qualify for Project Graduate. Visit the Project Graduate website to learn more.
The Organizational Learning and Leadership (OLL) Program can lead to career opportunities in areas of training development, human resource and workforce development roles. The program prepares you to lead training in your specialization area, develop performance improvement interventions, and manage and evaluate human resource projects.
The B.S. OLL degree program opens doors for new opportunities for students in their current careers and/or prepares graduates to pursue careers in many areas including:
Human Resources: HR Specialist, HR Manager, HR Director
Training and Development: Corporate Training, Training Specialist, Training Coordinator, Instructional Design
Job Outlook: The following information was obtained from the Bureau of Labor Statistics
Employment is expected to grow much faster than the average for all human resources, training, and labor relations managers and specialists occupations. College graduates and those who have earned certification should have the best job opportunities.
Overall employment is projected to grow by 22 percent between 2008 and 2018, much faster than the average for all occupations. Legislation and court rulings revising standards in various areas—occupational safety and health, equal employment opportunity, wages, health care, retirement plans, and family leave, among others—will increase demand for human resources, training, and labor relations experts. Rising health care costs and a growing number of health care coverage options should continue to spur demand for specialists to develop creative compensation and benefits packages that companies can offer prospective employees.
Review the following links for additional career and certification opportunities:
Organizations which support these careers and offer certification opportunities:
College is one of the biggest expenses you'll have in your lifetime, but it is an investment that will pay off in higher income, expanded career opportunities, and greater personal satisfaction throughout your life. Numerous sources of financial aid can help you pay for college.
The process of locating aid and applying for it can be intimidating. Take it step-by-step and don't hesitate to ask for assistance from the knowledgeable financial aid counselors in UofL's financial aid office.
In addition to the financial aid opportunities offered by the University, the College of Education & Human Development also has information about financial aid.
The Leadership and Organizational Development track focuses on developing skills in leadership, organizational development as well as organizational effectiveness. Students in this track are currently employed in a leadership position within their organization and/or within the Armed Forces.
The Training and Development track focuses on enhancing professional/workplace learning and improving organizational performance. Students in this track are currently in the field as corporate trainers, instructional designers, etc. or seeking to move into this area of HR. Students/employees in this field help their companies effectively utilize workforce skills, provide training and development, and seek opportunities to improve those skills as well as improve employee satisfaction.
The Career and Technical Education track is designed for industrial instructors in secondary schools and prepares them to become state certified in order to maintain their teaching positions.
Yes, as long as you have been admitted to the College of Education & Human Development and the Workforce Leadership degree program. The academic counselor will work with you to identify the necessary courses and options.
No, you will earn those credits free of charge! In other words, by completing the ELFH 300 Prior Learning Assessment course (which is a 3-credit hour class at normal tuition cost), and submitting a completed portfolio in which you will document and validate your work experience (i.e., on-the-job training, professional development, etc.) and/or military and /or industry training; you will be credited (based upon Committee decision), at NO cost, up to 48 credit hours.
For undergraduate students through summer 2012, classroom instructed courses cost $373.00 per credit hour. Tuition is subject to change each fall. For more information, please visit the Bursar's Office Tuition page.
For undergraduate students through summer 2012, online instructed courses cost $460.00 per credit hour. Tuition is subject to change each fall. For more information, please visit the Bursar's Office Tuition page.
Please visit the Financial Aid website or contact the University of Louisville Financial Aid office at 502-852-5511. There are currently 21 outside "degree specific" scholarships and website links for additional scholarship information.
Yes. Please visit the Bursar's Office website on tuition for details.
The orientation will help you to understand the academic culture and expectations for each academic unit and the resources available to you. You will complete this step online or on campus. Learn more by going to the online orientation website.
You must have completed a minimum of 24 credit hours with a GPA of 2.25. If you do not meet this requirement, the University has "online" and campus based options to help you get that done.
Please contact the Kentucky State Board of Proprietary Education at 502-564-3296 ext. 227.
You can find information about translation on the World Education Services website.
Yes. One of the requirements for graduation is satisfactory completion of the courses within the major track. Students admitted into this program, will receive a Program Sheet with the academic and exit requirements.
Yes. For example, some students will go on to a Master of Science in English, Human Resource Education, etc. The graduate program you are seeking will be the determining factor. For more information on Graduate Programs offered, visit the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies website.