LIM College, the only institution of its kind in the U.S. that focuses exclusively on business and fashion, has unveiled a certificate program geared to industry professionals.

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As of next month, both undergraduate and advanced (graduate) credit certificates will be offered through LIM’s Center for Graduate Studies and Continuing Education, which also has the country’s only M.B.A. program with concentrations in Fashion Management and Entrepreneurship. Unlike certificate programs at many other institutions, all of LIM’s are credit-based — thus, courses completed in a certificate program may count toward a degree, should a student decide to pursue further studies at LIM.

The professional certificate program has been reviewed and approved by the New York State Education Department. Offered in Visual Merchandising, Event Planning and Retail Management: Buying and Planning, the certificate programs, which consist of 12 to 15 credit hours of undergraduate-level courses, are designed for retail professionals who want to advance in their careers by gaining expertise in specialty areas. They’re also meant to appeal to those who want to switch careers or explore new career paths in the fashion world. Advanced certificate programs will be offered in Entrepreneurship and Fashion Management; participants must have a bachelor’s degree and will be required to complete 12 credits of graduate-level courses. Professional certificate programs can be completed in as little as 12 months on a part-time basis, and credits earned in these programs might be applicable toward a graduate or undergraduate degree.

“In today’s economy, lifelong learning is key,” said Elizabeth S. Marcuse, president of LIM. “Earning additional education credentials can provide advancement opportunities as well as increased job security. As the leader in fashion-related business education, LIM College is well-positioned to serve the educational needs of fashion industry professionals throughout the course of their careers.”

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