UTSA College of Business partners with Chase to offer on-site business training

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(Aug. 18, 2014) -- The UTSA College of Business has partnered with Chase to offer business training to its employees for certificate credit.

Taught by UTSA instructors, 67 Chase employees at two regional operations centers in San Antonio are receiving professional training in project management to enhance their current positions or hone skill sets required for higher-level positions within the company. The 12-week pilot program is offered once a week from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at no cost to Chase employees.

"We were looking for an opportunity to train our employees for the roles they aspire to, not just the roles they're in now," said Steven R. Yates, who manages the Chase work centers at Westover Hills and Stone Oak. "We chose UTSA because we want our employees to benefit from a very high caliber of teaching, and because UTSA is already one of our community partners."

The UTSA College of Business established a formal partnership with Chase in 2013 to assist the company with two key initiatives: to help drive talent to Chase to meet the company's hiring demands and to develop customized programs to enhance advancement opportunities for its employees.

Since then, the college has focused on enhancing Chase's visibility to business students and on streamlining the recruitment process to help align its undergraduate and graduate students with professional opportunities at Chase.

The project management pilot program began this summer and will continue in the fall. Fall offerings will be expanded to include Business Writing and Communications, and both programs will be offered at the two San Antonio Chase locations.

UTSA's executive education training can be customized to any company's needs. UTSA provides the instructors, books and course materials.

"This new program embodies the college's executive education mission, which is to teach people something today that they can use tomorrow," said Cheryl Linthicum, newly appointed associate dean for executive education and M.B.A. programs. "Only a month into launching this pilot program, it has become clear that this type of top-tier, customizable, on-site applied business training is a triple win -- employers, employees and UTSA benefit."

This program is just one component of the executive education programming at UTSA. The college's primary executive program, the UTSA Executive M.B.A., is a highly integrated, 21-month program that offers an exciting opportunity for experienced managers, professionals and rising leaders to strengthen business fundamentals and acquire advanced skills and knowledge that are immediately applicable to career and personal growth.

Nationally ranked and internationally recognized, the UTSA College of Business offers a comprehensive curriculum that expands the boundaries of a traditional business education. Internationally accredited by AACSB International, the college was named the No. 8 graduate business school in the nation for Hispanics by Hispanic Business magazine and has been nationally ranked by BusinessWeek, Hispanic Outlook and the Princeton Review.

JPMorgan Chase employs more than 5,000 people in San Antonio and offers customers a network of 51 local branches. According to the San Antonio Business Journal, JPMC is the city's sixth largest private-sector employer. San Antonio has a substantial military presence, and Chase is dedicated to serving our men and women in uniform. JPMorgan Chase has hired 1,589 veterans in Texas since 2011, the most of any state within the company. The firm invested $150,000 with UTSA to support a business incubator program for veterans. Chase also partners with local service organizations Military Warrior Support Foundation and Operation Homefront to provide mortgage-free homes to deserving veterans and their families.

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Companies interested in partnering with the UTSA College of Business to create customized executive education for its employees should email Cheryl Linthicum.

For more information, visit the UTSA College of Business website.

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