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Old Dominion University Joins Elite Ranks with UCWHRE Membership

The Darden College of Education and Professional Studies at Old Dominion University is proud to announce that its esteemed Workforce and Organizational Development Ph.D. program has achieved a significant milestone by becoming an institutional member of the University Council for Workforce & Human Resources Education (UCWHRE).

UCWHRE, a nonprofit organization representing leading United States universities offering graduate programs in workforce education and human resource development (HRD), is renowned for its mission to shape the future of workforce education and HRD through policy improvement and educational practices in the United States, ultimately benefiting individuals and society at large. With the acceptance into UCWHRE, Old Dominion University joins the ranks of over 20 prestigious universities across the United States, reinforcing its position as a leader in workforce education and HRD.

Old Dominion University's Workforce and Organizational Development program, which offers a Ph.D. concentration in technology education, career and technical education, and human resources training, plays a crucial role in preparing university faculty, directors, and supervisors in career and technical education, as well as directors of training departments in business, industry, education, and government. The program is delivered both on campus and through the university's distance learning system, with mandatory two-week summer Institute sessions on the Norfolk campus.

Mickey Kosloski, chair of the Department of Educational Foundations & Leadership and program director for Workforce and Organizational Development, is proud to see how far the program has come. "We're proud to now be a member of the University Council," he shared. "Our faculty have worked hard to make this happen, and it further aligns our program with institutions like Ohio State, Penn State, Texas A&M, and others who wish to continue to develop the nexus between career and technical education and training. UCWHRE currently involves some of the finest scholars in our field, and we are eager to have a voice in this flagship organization."

As a member of UCWHRE, Old Dominion University's Workforce and Organizational Development program is poised to contribute to the ongoing evolution of workforce education and human resource development in the United States. This recognition underscores the program's commitment to providing an exceptional educational experience and its dedication to creating future leaders in the field.

For more information about Old Dominion University's Workforce and Organizational Development program, please visit https://www.odu.edu/academics/programs/doctoral/workforce-organizational-development.

For more information about the University Council for Workforce & Human Resources Education, please visit https://www.universitycouncil.org/.

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