Always at the forefront of trends, CSE has had a suite of certified online courses since 2015. This year, with the advent of COVID-19, CSE launched a digital version of its flagship course, the Certified Sustainability (CSR) Practitioner Program, Advanced Edition 2020. This challenging, three-day digital training provides the latest practical tools and resources to implement or upscale corporate sustainability initiatives to the next level by generating value and creating effective strategies.
Students attend from around the world, multinationals, SMEs, non-profits and academia. CSE’s June 24-26, 2020, session hosted participants from General Motors, Persona Nutrition (a subsidiary of Nestle Health), Salesforce, Accenture, Boar’s Head, University of Guelph and others.
“I gained a better understanding of the overall topic of Sustainability and CSR,” says Vittorio Blasi, Senior Project Manager, MTU Rolls Royce Power System AG. “I really enjoyed the trainer’s effective communication skills and the opportunity for interaction through well-structured discussion forums.”
The digital course incorporates three live sessions, facilitated by global Lead Trainers, including Nikos Avlonas, Founder and President of CSE. The course combines the best attributes of online learning with the interactive attributes of live instruction and breakout sessions.
“Having taken and taught many online courses, this is the best organized, well-timed and thorough course I’ve ever led,” says Rosalinda Sanquiche, CSE’s US lead trainer assisting with the June course. “The combination of self-directed study and live tutorial provided the kind of interpersonal yet in-depth content normally missing with online courses.”
This system allows companies to provide training at scale that is cost effective. Live interaction affords trainers the opportunity to tailor content to meet the needs of attendees.
“Imbedding sustainability in agriculture into our educational materials seemed daunting to us at first. Dr. Avlonas demonstrated that we can effectively impact stakeholders across the agricultural education profession as well as satisfy the expectations of the companies and individuals who support FFA,” says Mark Poeschl, Chief Executive Officer at National FFA Organization. “This training brought it all together for us. I’ve heard nothing but positive comments from our participants, all of whom are now engaged in ways of improving FFA’s sustainability footprint.”