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Partnership Opens New Door with Carnegie Training Group

Contact: Jeff Murphy
WARRENSBURG, MO (March 28, 2008) – People who enroll in Dale Carnegie Training in more than 75 countries worldwide now have an opportunity to gain course credit from the University of Central Missouri. That’s just one of the benefits of a new partnership between the university and Dale Carnegie & Associates, Inc.

Governor Blunt Proclaims "Dale Carnegie Day"

The announcement came as Carnegie representatives participated in a formal memorandum of understanding signing ceremony with university administrators March 27 in the Ward Edwards Building. To help commemorate the event, Gov. Matt Blunt issued a proclamation declaring March 27, 2008, Dale Carnegie Day in Missouri, and UCM students hosted a public debate.

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New Relationship Will Have Worldwide Effect

“It is very appropriate that Missouri Governor Matt Blunt has proclaimed March 27 Dale Carnegie Day.  It is a historic occasion that on this day Dale Carnegie Training and the University of Central Missouri enter into a relationship that will advance workplace learning and performance in Missouri, throughout the United States, and around the world,” said Peter V. Handal, president and chief executive officer for Dale Carnegie Training. “Helping organizations become more productive and leaders become more effective will provide tangible benefits to business.  In this time of economic uncertainty, focusing on workplace performance will accelerate a positive recovery.”

UCM President Aaron Podolefsky also noted, “Considering our strong connection with Dale Carnegie, we are grateful for the opportunity to collaborate with an organization which has shared his legacy with people around the globe for more than 90 years. We are excited about the doors this will open in terms of our outreach.”

Author's Insights Have Benefitted More Than 7 Million

UCM’s most celebrated alumnus, Dale Carnegie was an author and public speaker considered by many to be the father of the self-improvement movement. Although he is best known for his 1936 book, “How to Win Friends and Influence People,” he initiated Dale Carnegie Training programs in 1912 as a way to teach business people how to sharpen their skills and improve their performance. His keen insight into human nature and timeless advice have since benefited more than 7 million people across the globe who have taken his courses.

UCM Credit Now Available to Carnegie Graduates

Carnegie Signing
A gift of a sample of Dale Carnegie’s handwriting and his photo was presented to UCM President Aaron Podolefsky, second from right, as part of a signing ceremony with Dale Carnegie & Associates representatives, left to right, Tom Otley, senior vice president for global services; Peter Handal, president and chief executive officer; and Michael Crom, executive vice president and stepgrandson to Carnegie.

George Boddy, UCM director of extended campus and distance learning, said that through the new partnership with Carnegie & Associates, Inc., the university plans to become the primary provider of collegecredit for individuals who enroll in Dale Carnegie Training. As such, anyone in the world who takes one of the Carnegie courses, accredited by the American Council on Education, can request college credit from UCM. In addition, the university will serve as a source for enrolling students in Carnegie courses; establish web-based student and group registration, and process transcript requests. Fees related to processing transcripts and enrollments will provide an ongoing source of revenue for the institution.

According to Boddy, discussions with Dale Carnegie & Associates, Inc. will be ongoing and could lead to new cooperative endeavors that would benefit both parties. One area in the planning stage is the offering of Dale Carnegie Training on campus.

“This is just the beginning. We have other ideas, but developing them will require more time,” he remarked. “This is really just the first step of a long list of things we hope to accomplish together in partnership with Dale Carnegie & Associates.”