While Booth University College is an institute of higher education, there are many pathways to this education. One such pathway is by way of the new Corporate Learning Academy (CLA).
“Through the CLA, participants will experience learning, gain knowledge and develop skills,” states Booth UC President, Lieutenant Colonel Susan van Duinen.
The CLA is committed to lifelong learning for the Salvation Army’s mission advancement, as well as training and development programs to accelerate the Army’s innovation journey and help it develop the processes and culture required for innovation to thrive.
Some of the CLA offerings will include:
- faith-based management
- leading a virtual team
- transitioning to supervising or managing others
- communication with diplomacy, tact and credibility
- spiritual wholeness for clergy officers
- a healthy church
Booth UC is developing partnerships with other companies and organizations that specialize in corporate learning centres, so that the CLA can offer excellent and professional courseware.
The courses will be on-demand and self-paced, and will last anywhere from three to six hours, with quizzes and interactive elements, and will be taken at a time when it’s convenient for the participant.
“A person could put in 15 to 20 minutes in an evening, or they might be given some time at work by their supervisor,” says Lt-Colonel Susan. “It’ll entirely depend on the person taking the course.”
The CLA will not be limited to online courses, however. After the official launch, workshops, seminars and webinars will be offered where anyone can sign up.
“I hope that the news of the CLA will get right down to the grassroots,” concludes Lt-Colonel Susan. “Employees, volunteers and officers will be able to develop their skills, and perhaps discover new skills they weren’t even aware of. I want to see them flourish, and that can only help The Salvation Army move its mission forward.”