GM RETAIL PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
The Center of Learning has partnered with Northwood University to offer Retail Professional Development Advanced Learning Programs for automotive retail. Northwood University has long been regarded as an academic institution that prepares and develops future leaders, especially in automotive retail.
Retail Professional Development is targeted specifically to the needs of the learner, as well as the needs and enhancement of the dealership.
Retail Professional Development highlights:
- Three professional development opportunities ranging from an Advanced Leadership Program to a Bachelor's of Business Administration.
- Case studies and workplace assignments specific to dealerships and the automotive industry.
- Curriculum developed by leading industry and subject matter experts
- Learn from others in similar roles and career paths
- Receive Bachelor's Degree credit for dealership experience, Center of Learning training, and a written summary of your work experience
GM Center of Learning Partnership with Northwood University
The Center of Learning chose Northwood University as its educational partner because of the institution's unique focus on business and automotive marketing/management education - 2,500 Northwood University graduates work in automotive retail positions. The university's long history with automotive retail management allowed its academic specialists to customize a program specifically tailored to the needs of GM team members, dealerships and their future leaders.
Northwood University also brings experience and a tradition of partnering and providing students, research, speakers and programs for business and organizations ranging from the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA), the National Independent Automobile Dealers Association (NIADA), NCM Associates and the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA).
To ensure the program is flexible and appeals to a broad segment of automotive professionals, there are three core offerings for participants to pursue within Retail Professional Development. Each features a tailored curriculum to engage and challenge participants and help them critically learn, grow, and actively apply their learning in the retail automotive environment.
The offerings are:
- GM Dealership Operations Program
- Social Media Marketing and Enhancing Dealership ROI
- GM/Northwood University Advanced Leadership Program
- Automotive Marketing & Management Bachelor of Business Administration Degree
- GM/DeVos Graduate School Executive Master of Business Administration
Depending on the level of education and academic attainment desired, Retail Professional Development allows participants to select a tailored approach that best meets their professional goals. Whether the aim is to develop specialized skill sets or earn a bachelor's degree, Retail Professional Development provides educational opportunities that have a direct application to the retail automotive environment. Up to 30 credits may be awarded through the Prior Learning Assessment.
Credit Transfer Policy
Northwood University has a generous prior credit transfer policy. We value your experience! In fact, up to 30 semester hours of credit from your existing professional experience may be achieved through our "Prior Learning Assessment" (PLA) class and other credits achieved from accredited college, community college, military and professional certifications may also be evaluated for transfer credit as well. The more credit that you're able to transfer, the fewer classes you'll need to complete toward graduation!
Students must complete 123-126 semester hours of credit in order to achieve a bachelor's degree with Northwood University. Northwood University's residency requirements (classes that must be taken with Northwood University) are 31 Northwood University earned credits; 9 of the 31 semester hours taken at Northwood University for residency must be in your major discipline.