2008-09 Catalog

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Program Description

Building Communities and Managing Organizations

Revised Last Updated: 02/23/2009

Fall, Winter and Spring quarters

Faculty: Marge Mohoric management, organizational development, Thuy Vu economics, management, community organization

Academic web site: www2.evergreen.edu/EvergreenatGH/

Faculty Signature Required: winter quarter & spring quarter

Major areas of study include the structure and management of organizations, leadership, community development, intercultural communications, and advocating for and managing change.

Class Standing: Juniors or seniors; transfer students welcome.

Accepts Winter Enrollment: This program will accept new students. Contact faculty at Academic Fair or by email.

Accepts Spring Enrollment: This program will accept new students. Contact faculty at Academic Fair or by email.

Note: This program will meet from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on selected Saturdays and Sundays. The first class Spring Quarter will meet Saturday, April 4, on the Olympia campus in Sem2 A2105. All other classes meet at Grays Harbor College (room 1512).

We live in diverse communities with growing and changing populations. How can we organize communities and manage organizations to use the creative potential and celebrate the contributions of each of the people involved? Part of the answer comes from looking at communities and organizations as systems—collections of parts organized and integrated to accomplish overall goals. This program will investigate how a broader systems perspective can inform workplace practices. Our goals are to develop competencies to analyze and improve organizations, to strive to develop management and leadership skills that promote and implement change, and to seek ways to value difference and modify and expand our perceptions of people and cultures as we learn to appreciate the histories and contributions of people who differ.

In fall quarter, we will build the foundations of a systems perspective and apply it to organizations and community. In winter, we will develop the systems model further and focus on inclusive workplace practices. In spring, we will explore issues related to local, national and global organizations.

This program is designed to continue the work of previous offerings at Grays Harbor while welcoming new students into the learning community. Assignments will be tailored to meet the variety of levels of skill and experience present in the classroom.

Each quarter of this program will be structured as five intensive weekend modules. All students will attend the first and last weekend modules and will complete a 2-credit community internship each quarter. Students enrolling for 4 credits will attend the first and last class weekends and choose one of the intervening modules to attend. Students enrolling for 8 credits will attend all class sessions. Students enrolling for 12 credits will attend all class sessions and complete an independent research project.

Details about the content of the modules and the dates they will be offered are available on the Evening and Weekend Studies web site: www.evergreen.edu/ews/ghc

Credits: 4, 8 or 12 per quarter

Enrollment: 40

Internship Required: Two credits of community internship are required each quarter.

Books: www.tescbookstore.com

Special Expenses: $25 each quarter for classroom materials.

Program is preparatory for careers and future studies in management, leadership, business, organizational improvement, and community development.

Planning Units: Society, Politics, Behavior and Change, 8-12 Credit Programs

Program Revisions

Date Revision
May 1st, 2008 Title and description were changed to reflect a slight change in the major themes of the program.
August 26th, 2008 Added location of first class
November 26th, 2008 Winter quarter enrollment details added.
January 14th, 2009 Faculty signature requirement added for spring quarter.
February 23rd, 2009 Spring location added.
February 23rd, 2009 Spring Quarter enrollment details added.