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FGCU Offers Compliance Specialist Graduate Certificate Program
12/5/2007

FORT MYERS, FL - Enron, WorldCom and other corporate scandals spawned new laws requiring companies to establish compliance plans, and Florida Gulf Coast University has responded by becoming the first school in the country to offer a Graduate Compliance Specialist Program to teach entry level compliance officers to fill the new workplace demand. Enrollment is now open for Jan. 2008 classes.

"A compliance specialist's job is to monitor ongoing business and financial systems to enable executives and board members to deal proactively with problematic conduct. This enables corporate governance practices to keep pace with the many ethical and legal challenges in today's business environment," said program director David E. Steckler.

The one-year intensive Program stresses the "process of compliance," and requires completion of 15 graduate credit hours. Courses include Compliance, Ethics and Controls; Regulation of Business Conduct; Interviewing and Investigation; Forensic Financial Investigation; and Regulation of Medical Industry.

The Program is credentialed by the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics, or SCCE, and Healthcare Compliance Association, or HCCA. Upon completion of the Program, graduates qualify to sit for SCCE and HCCA exams to become Certified Compliance Specialists.

The Program is a combination of distance learning and intensive weekend sessions (two weekend sessions per course). This enables students to be on campus to attend seminars and workshops with industry and regulatory experts so that theory and practice of compliance operations is integrated into the learning process.

"This Program gives us the unique opportunity to bring nationally recognized compliance professionals, government regulators and prosecutors, into workshops with our students. People with health care, law enforcement, of just about any business/office experience - plus an undergraduate degree - have the background and potential to learn these new skills to function in this new career field, said Darlene Andert, compliance program faculty.

Compliance is recognized as a growing career field nationwide. Job opportunities exist in hospitals and most other health care organizations, public and private corporations, and not-for-profit organizations such as colleges and universities, law enforcement, and federal, state and local governmental units. Christian and Timbers, a leading executive search firm, last year listed Chief Compliance Officer, or CCO, as the number three "hot job."

Additional program information and applications are available on the Web at http://cps.fgcu.edu/cj/cs.

To register for program contact Eileen Regelski at (239) 590-1098 or by e-mail at eregelsk@fgcu.edu.

For more information, media representatives should contact program director David E. Steckler at (239) 590-7756 or dsteckle@fgcu.edu.


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