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ECM Certificate Program Press Release


For Immediate Release
Contact: Ericka Wilcox,, 888-234-2852

The first (and only) Electronic Commerce Management Certificate Program in the country, created for and offered only at San José State University, is A SUCCESS!

Real-world E-Commerce Management Skills are taught by Elite Web Professionals who are shaping today's Electronic Commerce Strategies.


San José, California, December 15, 2000 -- San Jose Staté University Professional Development (SJSU-PD) made an investment in the future when it began the country's first comprehensive Electronic Commerce Management (ECM) Certificate Program in September, 1999. It has proved to be a good investment for the; university, community, e-commerce world, and especially the students.


"This is the best and the most outstanding educational program I have ever attended, and …I have attended many schools: London University, the University of Paris and San Jose State University. I am telling every one I know about this program."

"This … program on EC Management is phenomenal … you have identified, selected and chosen the best practitioners in the field of e-commerce… you understand the importance and the impact e-commerce has on business growth and management of its success."

"At the end of every class, I have a set of tools I can immediately apply to our e-business and I never leave a class without a list of action items I have generated from the content that was presented to me."


The ECM Certificate Program is comprised of eight "core" or required courses (59 hours) as well as a range of elective courses that round out the 120-hour certificate. In order to bring the value of Silicon Valley's state-of-the-art knowledge directly to students SJSU-PD partnered with Mitchell Levy, President or, Chair of the core conference at Comdex Fall and Comdex Chicago and author of Thriving in the Internet Age Through E-Commerce Management, to assemble an impressive, high-caliber faculty from the local (one of their faculty members commutes from Paris) e-commerce community. These instructors come from such companies as Cisco Systems, Nortel Networks, RosettaNet, Globalsight, Phillips Semiconductors, Zurich Financial Group, diCarta, and Faculty members focus on the area of expertise they employ on a daily basis at their jobs.

"We've created a comprehensive program that provides the high-level tools and networking opportunities needed for business professionals to create, maintain, and evolve e-commerce within their companies" according to Levy, "And we have the best and brightest from Silicon Valley teaching the classes so that real world examples are used as the primary teaching mechanism".

Courses leading to the certificate cover "big picture" strategy as well as specific topics such as business roadmaps, new business models, business development, organizational models, B2B exchanges, marketing research, customer service and procurement. Classes include lectures, hands-on activities, case studies, individual and group assignments, and interactive class presentations. To view the courses available, the Spring2001 schedule and faculty bios, check out:


Over 4000 class seats have been sold in the ECM Certificate Program. Students have come from cities throughout the U.S. and Canada, from Europe, the middle east, Singapore and Japan. Of the 250 who have completed the program over 75% of them have gone on to higher paying jobs within their companies or to new positions. The average age is 40 and 60% have masters degrees. These graduates attribute their success to the knowledge and skills acquired through the ECM Certificate Program.

The ECM Certificate Program boasts of students from diverse employment backgrounds. Our students come from positions in executive management, sales & marketing management and staff, and operations management and staff. There are also entrepreneurs who have set their sites on starting the next big e-commerce hit as well as business school graduates who are seeking a more complete education in the area of e-commerce. "We're not teaching one-size-fits-all, quick-fix solutions. This certificate program is for those people who really want to develop a broad range of E-Commerce skills so they can add immediate and future value to their current companies, seek out promotions or job changes, or start their own companies with a solid foundation," Levy commented.


While there are no rigid prerequisites to enter the program, SJSU-PD recommends that enrolling students have access to the Web and email, and that they have at least 3 years of business experience. The new semester begins in January 9, 2001 and there are still spaces available. Classes are taught during evenings, weekdays, and weekends. Course costs range from $325 to $525. Courses can be taken at both the Tisch Center (located at 3031 Tisch Way, Suite 200 Plaza East near the intersection of Highways 280, 17/880 and Winchester Boulevard) and the new Lundy Avenue Center (located at 2160 Lundy Avenue, Suite 250, between the 680 and 880 freeways), both located in the San José metropolitan area.

For more information about SJSU-PD program and any of it's content, please view the Web site or contact Mitchell Levy,, (408-257-3000). For questions about enrollment or any technical issues with the program, please contact Judi Kaiser at SJSU-PD (408-985-7578 x1209),,
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