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April PDC Monthly Newsletter
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Posted: April 18, 2012


The Importance of Lean

Think job seekers need to know Lean?  One CEO thinks so. Lean management education can help management job seekers set themselves apart, according to an article by Peter Anthony.

Perhaps your GE refrigerator was made with Lean systems in mind! Read about how the president of GE credits Lean systems as one of the major reasons for their competitiveness and success.

We have two courses in Lean beginning on May 3. Lean Leadership is designed for executive leaders to more clearly understand and manage the process. Our Implementing Lean course is designed for  practitioners ready to roll up their sleeves and put Lean to work in their organizations. For more information,
email Program Manager Lori Silverman or call 503.725.5848.  


social media tools

5 Top Google+ Tools and Apps for Marketing Pros

By Lisa Peyton


Are you looking for Google+ apps and resources to enhance your marketing?

This article reveals five categories of tools and apps you can employ to greatly enhance your Google+ experience.

Check this out: Thirty-six percent of brands on Google+ have seen a 100% increase in circle size in less than three months, according to a recent study by Simply Measured.

This is a stunning metric when one considers that there’s no Google+ advertising platform to fuel campaigns. Brands are forced to use great content to engage and can’t “pay to play” by using sponsored stories or other advertising gimmicks.

A bad workman blames his tools

With this spike in activity, developers are scrambling to create tools to help businesses of all sizes manage, integrate, and promote their Google+ communities. Below I’ve outlined some great tools to help businesses manage Google+. I’m sure this list is just the start of many innovative tools that will be created to help communities thrive on Google’s social network.

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Advanced Project Management Classes

Spring and summer courses starting soon

Understanding, Identifying, and Managing Project Risk: begins April 19

Project Management in an Agile Environment: May 10   NEW!

PMP Exam Prep: May 21 - June 6

MS Project Fundamentals, Level II: May 23    NEW!

Improving Project Inception: June 8

PMP Exam Prep: July 18 & 25


Digital Marketing Courses

Starting soon

Portland State’s Digital Marketing Strategies Certificate explores social networking, search engine optimization, and measuring and optimizing your website. The certificate teaches you how your business can benefit from a sound digital marketing strategy.  The Search Engine Marketing course starts April 20 and is the next course in the series. Please find out more on our website or contact Jennifer Portis for more information.
Business Analysis at PSU
The Business Analysis Certificate Program provides the core skills and knowledge required to make the best use of your experience, and it gives you tools and techniques that can be applied in many different fields, including the growing technology field. All courses are noncredit and aligned with the IIBA™ Business Analysis Body of Knowledge.Take classes individually or toward the certificate. To learn about this exciting new program, visit our online catalog or email
Melissa Endicott.

Business Writing Courses
As seen in the Washington Post, career coach Joyce Russell validates that writing skills are more important now than ever before. Think about it, how often are you writing every day?  With the rise of social media in business, your writing skills are critical.  We have two courses that can help you improve your writing and earn a Business Writing Certificate. Classes start May 10 and June 14.

Bring Project Management to Your Organization
The Professional Development Center regularly brings our courses and programs directly onsite to companies around the Pacific Northwest. Our most popular subject area is project management.

Last month, we finished up the 8-day certificate program for a local health-care provider that also had us bring PMP Exam Prep to their certification candidates. Currently we are running a highly customized 7-day program for a local government agency. This week we're bringing Project Planning and Organization to a manufacturing organization in SW Washington.

Does your organization need onsite classes in project management or any other topic the Professional Development Center offers? To talk things over, email Program Manager Vincent Fritzsche or call 503.725.5846.

Developing for Mobile
Portland State's Developing for Mobile course, part of the Interactive Producer and Internet Design Certificate(s), begins in June. Contact Jennifer Portis to learn more
and register.


Contact us

Tricia Carey
Digital/Web Marketing Manager