UC Irvine Extension Instructor Awarded Excellence In Teaching Award By The University Professional And Continuing Education Association

Project Management Program Pioneer Recognized for Outstanding Contributions to Continuing Education

Oct 17, 2012, 12:23 ET from UC Irvine Extension

IRVINE, Calif., Oct. 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- In recognition of major contributions to several University of California, Irvine Extension Certificate Programs, instructor Marty Wartenberg received the University Professional & Continuing Education Association (UPCEA) Region West Excellence In Teaching Award. The award, the first given in this region, is given to individuals who have presented a strong commitment to continuing education, demonstrated outstanding teaching and superior student mentoring, and developed an innovative course, program, or curriculum. Wartenberg was nominated and recognized for developing industry-leading project management program curriculum, leadership and course development. He accepted his award on Oct. 5, 2012, at the 2012 UPCEA Western Regional Conference in Park City, Utah.

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"Marty deserves this prestigious honor for his significant commitment to continuing education and the 20 plus years he has invested in the creation of top-quality UC Irvine Extension programs and courses," said Gary W. Matkin, Ph.D., dean of Continuing Education, Distance Learning and Summer Session. "His unwavering dedication as an instructor, mentor, and advisor has touched thousands of students across many industries and has set the high-quality standards students expect from UC Irvine Extension."

Wartenberg served in a wide variety of roles, including advisor and main instructor on several innovative programs such as agile product development, systems engineering, advanced project management, and leadership. An instructor of more than 16 classes, Wartenberg was instrumental in helping UC Irvine Extension develop the first comprehensive project management certificate program on the West Coast. He was also selected to spearhead UCI Extension's corporate training initiative. In this role, he was responsible for providing outreach to local corporations. Wartenberg also led the instruction of more than 250 French electrical engineering students visiting from Ecole Centrale D'Electronique (ECE) for an intensive three-week Global Management & Manufacturing residential program. The program was the first of its kind and was custom designed with Wartenberg's leadership to provide the engineering students with a background in manufacturing, human resources, marketing and finance.

UPCEA is the leading association for professional, continuing and online learning in the higher education community.  Founded in 1915, UPCEA now serves more than 350 institutions, including most of the leading public and private colleges and universities in North America. The association provides its members with professional development programs, research and information, and publications.  UPCEA also recognizes best practices in the field and promotes awareness of the needs of adult and non-traditional learners.

For additional information about the Project Management Certificate Program please visit http://unex.uci.edu/certificates/business_mgmt/project_mgmt/. For additional information about the Corporate Training program please visit http://unex.uci.edu/corporate/ or call (949) 824-1847.

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SOURCE UC Irvine Extension