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Business of Wine Early Bird Discount Available

Have you ever wanted to know if Bordeaux and Burgundy were red wines, white wines, or both? Curious about what it means to have “legs” in your glass of wine? Or wondered what it would be like to open your own winery? George Mason University’s OCPE plans to answer those questions, plus many more this spring with the second offering of the wine education course: BW 0100: Exploring the Business of Wine.

Join hospitality professionals, individuals interested in the wine business, as well as wine enthusiasts on Monday nights at Mason’s Prince William Campus, March 2–April 20 from 6:30-9:30 to learn more about the industry. This course will cover a variety of topics from the history of wine and the top wine regions, to which wine industry credentials could help to advance your career.

Click here to find out more about the Exploring the Business of Wine course. If you’re ready to sign up now, the registration form can be found here, or you can register online. Take advantage of the early bird rate and register by February 2!

Questions? E-mail or call 703-993-8335.

Dr. Gladis Wins Trustee Leadership Award

Congratulations to Steve Gladis for receiving The Trustee Leadership Award from Leadership Fairfax. Dr. Gladis is honored for his long-standing commitment to civic, academic, and philanthropic leadership, and recognition for inspiring others as coach and mentor. Read more about the recipients of the 2014 Northern Virginia Leadership Awards.

Dr. Gladis returns to George Mason in spring 2015 with his Leadership Communication Certificate Program. For more information, please visit:

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2015 GIS Course Schedule Released

The 2015 schedule of classes for the Professional Certificate in GIS is now available! Click here for the schedule and registration form. Online registration will be available soon, but you can fax a paper registration to our office if you’re ready to reserve your seats now. The fax number is 703-993-8336.

Questions? Click here for additional program information, or contact Jeanne Spencer at 703-993-8337 or

Beyond Organic?

Everyone has heard about organic gardening, but do you know why it is different from permaculture? “Permaculture uses organic gardening and farming practices but it goes beyond these practices and integrates the garden and home to create a lifestyle that impacts less on the environment.” Learn more about the differences between the two by visiting

George Mason’s Sustainability Institute, in conjunction with the Office of Continuing Professional Education, is presenting the fourth annual offering of the Permaculture Design Certification Course, March 7-March 14, 2015 on the Fairfax Campus. This course continues to grow in popularity and size each year. Spaces are limited and early registration is strongly encouraged.

For information about the program, please call 703-993-8335 or visit

New Positive Leadership Certificate Program

The new Positive Leadership Certificate Program will help you become a more self-confident, optimistic, and resilient leader. The Positive Leadership Certificate Program leverages the talents of two George Mason faculty members, Dr. Beth Cabrera and Dr. Steve Gladis–both of whom will bring their academic and real-world experience to focus on leadership with a special emphasis on positivity.

For more information visit or call Rosalynn at 703-993-2113.

Certified Financial Planner Certificate

Recognizing the increasing demand for competent and ethical financial advisors, George Mason University is now offering the Certified Financial Planner education program. Offered in cooperation with Dalton Education, this program is designed to prepare you in the theory and practice of financial planning. Upon completion of this program you will have a comprehensive foundation to practice financial planning.

For more information, visit or call 877-426-2373.




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