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Business, from page 6
served as a foundation, and, I believe, was the difference in my landing interviews that subsequently led me to the position I am in today.”

According to Craig Lebo, who teaches within the master’s certificate in contracting program, the federal government, which purchases more than $500 billion in goods and services per year, relies on the contracting workforce to ensure maximum value. The Mount’s graduate certificate in government contracting was designed with assistance from the Defense Acquisition University (DAU), and the classes are equivalent to those federal government employees are required to take from DAU.

Within the certificate program, students learn the ins and outs of negotiation, regulations, compliance and financial management from the perspectives of both the government and the private contractor. All certificate credits may also be applied toward earning a Master of Business Administration (MBA) at the Mount.

Classes are eight weeks long and run throughout the year, allowing students to complete their studies in an accelerated fashion, according to Jen Staiger, associate provost for graduate, professional and continuing education.

“A certificate in government contracting opens the door to a very good career field,” says Lebo, noting that not only do government agencies require contract specialists, but also do organizations that wish to do business with the federal government. “It’s a robust job market,” he says. •