New academic certificates offered to meet workforce demands New academic certificates offered to meet workforce demands Advocate staff report| May 27, 2014 Comments In the fall, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette will offer new academic certificates in business administration, professional writing and accounting in response to workforce demands. The Louisiana Board of Regents approved the certificate programs at its meeting Wednesday. “All of the programs were designed to meet both regional and state workforce demands by giving working professionals opportunities for growth in their current positions as well as the skills necessary to be more competitive in the job market,” Ellen Cook, assistant vice president for Academic Affairs, said in a news release. The graduate certificate in business administration is a 15-hour online program designed for students with a bachelor’s degree in a nonbusiness field. The program offers essential business knowledge in economics, finance and management for those interested in a new career, career advancement or pursuing graduate studies in business. The 12-hour online graduate certificate in professional writing requires a three-hour internship. Students will learn advanced skills in writing, editing, document design, research, analysis and multimedia. The program is open to post-baccalaureate students who meet Graduate School admission requirements. The accounting certificate program targets those with a nonaccounting degree, and it meets the requirements needed to sit for the certified public accountant exam in Louisiana.