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Gatton 'CBA' Offers Time-friendly Opportunity to Enhance Your Career

photo of Gatton College of Business and Economics building
Gatton College of Business and Economics Building. UK Photo | Mark Cornelison.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 28, 2018) — If you find yourself in a spot where you know you need more education to enhance your career, yet a huge time commitment scares you, take heart. Ten evenings this fall just might change your entire outlook. The University of Kentucky’s Gatton College of Business and Economics, through its Don and Cathy Jacobs Executive Education Center (EEC), is offering its Certificate in Business Administration (CBA) program beginning in September.

"This is a wonderful opportunity to acquire the basics of a business degree without the time commitment a degree requires," said Lorna Patches, director of the Don and Cathy Jacobs Executive Education Center and UK’s director of the UK-UofL Executive MBA Program. "Or, if you're interested in exploring whether an advanced MBA degree is right for you before committing to it, this CBA series could be just right for you."

The 10-week series, "Business Foundations," begins Wednesday, Sept. 12, and continues on Thursday evenings through Nov. 15. The lively instructional environment, led by distinguished faculty from the Gatton College, is complemented by opportunities for hands-on experience with each three-hour class, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., focusing on a different vital topic.

"The program is designed to provide an understanding of business terms, practices and tools to enable people to make better informed business decisions," Patches said. "The CBA program is open to all interested persons who want to energize their careers and broaden their horizons."

The state-of-the-art Gatton College building, located in the heart of the UK campus in Lexington, is the site for these stimulating weekly classes. Lighted, free parking is available close to the building for registrants. The cost is $1,100 with a $150 per person discount available for groups of three or more who sign up for the program. The fee for UK employees to register is $1,000. Interested UK personnel must use the “UK Faculty, Staff, Student” option on the registration form.

Fees include instruction, all materials and light refreshments at each session, in addition to parking. To register or for more information, go to, call 1-800-284-6407, or email Connie Blakemore at

The 2018 fall agenda (subject to change) is listed here:

Wednesday, Sept. 12: Organizational Design and Environment

Thursday, Sept. 20: Individual Behavior in Organizations

Thursday, Sept. 27: Essentials of Human Resource Management

Thursday, Oct. 4: Essentials of Marketing

Thursday, Oct. 11: Economics in the Workplace

Thursday, Oct. 18: Accounting Measurement and Reporting

Thursday, Oct. 25: Lean Supply Chain Management

Thursday, Nov. 1: Business Law

Thursday, Nov. 8: Financial Decision Making

Thursday, Nov. 15: Strategic Management/Certificate Presentation

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