CPE News & Events

Genealogy Certificate Leads Alum to TV Career

March 21, 2018

Mary Tedesco’s interest in genealogy began as a hobby. After she and her grandmother traced their family’s Italian origins back as far and as ably as a pair of novices could, Tedesco (CAS’06) signed up for the Genealogical Research Certificate Program offered by BU’s Center for Professional Education, where she honed her skills in forensics, research practices, and evidence evaluation. She says her time in the class saw her grow “from needing and wanting more education to realizing that this was something I could pursue as a career.” The seeds of her interest in family trees bore fruit, and today Tedesco serves as host of PBS’s Genealogy Roadshow, in addition to running the Italian-focused genealogical research firm ORIGINS ITALY.

Read more in BU Today.

Financial Planning Program Scores Top-Two Ranking

January 2, 2018

The online Financial Planning Certificate Program offered by Boston University’s Center for Professional Education, which teaches prospective planners a variety of financial strategies and prepares them to sit for the Certified Financial Planner™ exam, has been rated the #2 program of its kind by TheBestSchools.org.

Judged for the quality of its faculty and reputation, as well as the variety of courses offered, the certificate program—which is also available on campus—is comprised of seven courses and offered three times a year. As TheBestSchools.org writes, “The balanced curriculum emphasizes the foundational aspects of financial planning, including risk management and tax planning, and culminates in a capstone project. In only nine to twelve months students emerge prepared to take the CFP certification exam.”

The BU Financial Planning Certificate Program has been offered for over twenty-five years, and in 2015 and 2016 was rated to be a top-five program in the country by both the Journal of Financial Planning and Investopedia. Learn more about the ranking at TheBestSchools.org.

Director of CPE Interpreter Program Shares Opinion in Globe

December 18, 2017

Dr. Michael O’Laughlin, program director of the Interpreter Certificate Programs at Metropolitan College’s Center for Professional Education, offered his opinion on a Boston Globe article, “Methuen police misled Spanish-speaking drivers suspected of DUI, lawsuit says.” In his letter, published October 27 in the Globe’s Opinion section, Dr. O’Laughlin observes that “people who are limited English proficient, or LEP, often do not receive the same information given to everyone else when they are stopped for operating under the influence.” He continues by advocating that police should seek qualified interpreters when interacting with LEP people. O’Laughlin is a legal interpreter certified by the states of California and Massachusetts. He has a lifetime of experience in the courts as an expert witness in cases with language issues.

Read O’Laughlin’s full letter in the Boston Globe.

Medical Interpreter, Jonathan Fitzgerald, published in Caring Headlines at Mass General

April 20, 2017

Jonathan Fitzgerald—CPE alumnus and certified medical interpreter—was published in February 2017 in Caring Headlines, a newsletter for Nursing & Patient Care Services at Massachusetts General Hospital. Read about the gray area of medical interpreting as discussed by a panel of experts at last year's International Medical Interpreters Association conference.

See "To interpret or not to interpret, the answer may fall in that ‘gray area’".

Genealogical Research program graduate—is featured in Bentley Magazine

November 29, 2016

Margaret Fortier—a Genealogical Research program graduate—is featured in Bentley Magazine for her work in this growing field.

See Bently Magazine.

MGH Newsletter Showcases MET-Educated Interpreter

October 2, 2015

Jonathan Fitzgerald, who holds a certificate in medical interpreting from MET’s Center for Professional Education, received a nice write-up in the August 17 issue of Massachusetts General Hospital’s newsletter, The Interpreter. A Certified Medical Interpreter (CMI) serving Spanish-speaking patients, Fitzgerald credits CPE Program Coordinator Karen Murphy for helping him break into the field.

See “Interpreter Profile: Jonathan Fitzgerald”.

CPE Financial Planning Programs Rated among the Best

May 13, 2015

The Journal of Financial Planning recently cited two sources that include Boston University among the five “Best Schools for Financial Planning.” The Financial Planning program offered through BU’s Center for Professional Education (CPE) was among the “Best of the Bunch” in Investopedia and ranked #3 in Financial Planner magazine’s “30 Great Schools for Financial Planning.”

See the full article in Journal of Financial Planning.

Paralegal Certificate Graduate Caren Chaneco Profiled in Viewpoint

May 7, 2014

Chaneco wasn’t sure she’d be successful when she decided to trade her marketing career for the life of a paralegal, but due to her persistence, networking, and enrollment in BU’s Paralegal Certificate program, it paid off.

Read the article here (page 14).

President Obama Appoints CPE’s Robert Glovsky

Mar 13, 2014

On March 11, 2014, Robert Glovsky, director emeritus of the Financial Planning Program offered through MET’s Center for Professional Education, was appointed to the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans. “It gives me great confidence that such dedicated and capable individuals have agreed to join this Administration to serve the American people,” said President Obama.

Read the press release here.

Death and Taxes: Melinde Lutz Byrne and Sharon Sargent quoted in Newsweek

Jan 9th, 2014

Melinde Lutz Byrne, director of the genealogical research program at MET’s Center for Professional Education, and forensic researcher and former CPE genealogical instructor Sharon Sargent, were recently quoted in Newsweek. In the article, they discuss why the proposal to limit or block access to the “Death Master File” will not stop tax fraud.

Read more in Newsweek…


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