Utility Executive Course to Address Smart Grid Technology, Other Emerging Topics

Monday, April 5 2010

MOSCOW, Idaho – The University of Idaho's 57th annual Utility Executive Course will take place May 24 through June 10 in Moscow, Idaho.

The nation's only industry-specific educational course, it provides a cutting-edge and comprehensive industry framework with a focus on developing utility leaders. The course will look at challenges, opportunities and the general business environment, and provide training for executives to enhance their industry knowledge, leadership abilities and professional effectiveness.

"Within the utility industry, the knowledge base of the workforce is changing as more and more people retire," said Yvonne Sertich, executive director of UEC at the University of Idaho. "Many managers need more preparation to take on key leadership positions. In the Utility Executive Course, participants learn industry fundamentals from expert faculty and explore critical topics shaping the future. This course provides a forum for addressing diverse points of view and facilitates dialogue on important industry issues."

Course content in 2010 includes: smart grid technology; new generating technologies; strategic implications of coal; consumer perspective; a CFO panel discussion on current issues in finance; and a look at the utility of the future.

Sertich said the foundation and learning goals of the Utility Executive Course remain consistent, but the curriculum is reviewed and refreshed every year to address the latest industry issues. The university partners with industry to seek out, find and retain the best instructors to deliver this content – industry thought leaders who provide diversity of perspective for the participants.

The registration fee of $11,500 (U.S.) includes all instruction, books and materials, in addition to lodging, meals, refreshments, educational field trips and other special events. Participants also will receive a certificate of completion and Continuing Education Units. A 50 percent, non-refundable deposit is due at the time of application. Advance registration is requested by May 1. For more information or to register for the 2010 course, held May 24-June 10 in Moscow, Idaho, visit www.uiuec.org or call (208) 885-6265.

The UEC has trained more than 2,200 people from more than 100 companies in 17 countries. The range of professional fields represented by course participants includes technology, finance, engineering, marketing, general business, regulatory affairs and environmental science.

For more information about the university's College of Business and Economics and other executive education opportunities, visit www.cbe.uidaho.edu or call (208) 885-6478.
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About the University of Idaho
Founded in 1889, the University of Idaho is the state’s flagship higher-education institution and its principal graduate education and research university, bringing insight and innovation to the state, the nation and the world. University researchers attract nearly $100 million in research grants and contracts each year; the University of Idaho is the only institution in the state to earn the prestigious Carnegie Foundation ranking for high research activity. The university’s student population includes first-generation college students and ethnically diverse scholars. Offering more than 130 degree options in 10 colleges, the university combines the strengths of a large university with the intimacy of small learning communities. The university is home to the Vandals, the 2009 Roady’s Humanitarian Bowl champions. For information, visit www.uidaho.edu.

About the University of Idaho
The University of Idaho helps students to succeed and become leaders. Its land-grant mission furthers innovative scholarly and creative research to grow Idaho's economy and serve a statewide community. From its main campus in Moscow, Idaho, to 70 research and academic locations statewide, U-Idaho emphasizes real-world application as part of its student experience. U-Idaho combines the strength of a large university with the intimacy of small learning communities. It is home to the Vandals. For information, visit www.uidaho.edu.