This PBC evolved from discussions between ULM and Chase officials at its mortgage-processing center in Monroe. They agreed that there is a growing need to offer opportunities for students and other individuals looking to advance their careers. This program will provide the tools needed to enhance student’s skills in analytics, a requirement of many positions at Chase and other financial companies.
“Over the past year, we have worked closely with ULM to develop a program to enhance the skills of people interested in the financial services industry,” said Tania Hilburn, head of Chase’s Loan Administration Operations in Monroe. “This program will also help us retain existing employees by providing them opportunities for career growth and an educational pathway for future employees that will prepare them for in-demand positions within our organization.”
Dr. Ron Berry, dean of the College of Business and Social Sciences added, “We look forward to continuing our work with the leadership team at Chase and their employees to implement this unique program. We also anticipate additional interest in the program from non-Chase employees because of the demand for well-qualified employees in the financial services industry.”
A PBC allows individuals who have earned a college degree to transition into a new career field. The PBC in Mortgage Analytics consists of six courses including: Commercial Law, Real Estate Law, Notarial Law, Business Analytics, Risk Management, and Performance Management. Course content has been carefully selected to help prepare individuals to gain a thorough understanding of the mortgage process and the data analysis associated with the mortgage process.
Dr. Eric Pani, vice president of Academic Affairs echoed Berry’s sentiments; “This program exemplifies two philosophies we have been implementing at ULM over the past two years. First, collaboration leads to innovation. Second, universities can respond to workforce needs with appropriate programs. Dean Berry and the faculty in the College of Business and Social Sciences crossed disciplines and collaborated with Chase to design an innovative program that will fill a need for educated professionals. I want to congratulate all involved in this successful effort.”
ULM currently has several PBC programs that have allowed individuals to transition into the high-demand fields of Accounting and Computer Information Systems.