(STILLWATER, Okla., December 11, 2014) – Expanding an already comprehensive paralegal
training program, Oklahoma State University has added a new seven-week online certificate
course in employment law to start in January.
The online certification course is offered through the Correspondence Education
Department at OSU in partnership with the Center for Legal Studies (CLS). The center
has been providing flexible and affordable paralegal training courses since 1980.
Employment law is a branch of contract law that deals with relationships between
employers and employees. The course will cover statutes such as the National Labor
Relations Act, the Railway Labor Act, and other various statutes dealing with public
employees. Topics to be included are master and servant, wages and hours, anti-discrimination
in employment and minimum wages and maximum hours, as well as regulation of working
Participants will demonstrate the following skills through successful completion
of all required coursework and assignments:
CLS remains the most budget-friendly paralegal training program in the country.
“Our primary goal is to provide comprehensive, practical, training for adult
students to help them transition into new careers or obtain a promotion,” says Stephanie
Elio, director of business development for CLS.
Paralegal skills are in strong demand and provide jobs in law firms, banking,
insurance, government, military, real estate, healthcare, non-profit corporations,
sole proprieties, education and auto dealerships.
Courses are both affordable and flexible. Adult students can position themselves
for a career as a paralegal in 14 weeks for only $1,289. Visit
for textbook and registration information.
The online delivery system is easy to navigate and manage. Busy students are
able to manage their own time, as instructors post assignments, readings and topics
for discussion at the beginning of each week. The Paralegal Certificate Course is
what today’s students want – anywhere, anytime learning.
Other courses available include an advanced paralegal certificate, victim advocacy,
mediation, legal nurse consultant, legal secretary, legal investigator, advanced
legal research and writing, intellectual property for engineers and many test prep
courses. Students interested in more information about the programs offered by The
Center for Legal Studies can visit their website www.legalstudies.com or call 1-800-522-7737.
To see a full list of classes offered through CE visit the website:
CONTACT: Katie Reim Sewell | International Studies and Outreach | 405-744-2507
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to serve the state of Oklahoma, the nation and the world.
STILLWATER, Okla. – The Director of Oklahoma State University’s
Master of International
Agriculture Degree Program, Shida Henneberry, has made a name for herself by advising
students, earning grant dollars, leading study abroad courses and committing herself
to the students of the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources.
Her dedication was most recently recognized by her selection as a 2014 recipient
of the Excellence in College and University Teaching Award for Food and Agricultural
Sciences. The U.S. Department of Agriculture national award is given annually to
two university faculty for their use of innovative teaching methods and service
“It’s often said that when you are around great people, it makes your best personal
qualities come forward,” Henneberry said. “I attribute this award to the level of
greatness of our students.”
Henneberry is the first OSU faculty member to receive this prestigious honor,
which was presented at the 127th Association of Public and Land-grant Universities
“Shida Henneberry is an outstanding teacher. She has received 17 awards and honors
for her teaching including recognition for her undergraduate teaching and advising,
her graduate teaching and advising and her teaching scholarship,” said Cynda Clary,
CASNR associate dean. “Dr. Henneberry has been important to our program in numerous
ways, but it’s especially significant to note her efforts on behalf of graduate
Using an integrated approach to teaching, Henneberry brings her discipline-based
research into her classroom and conducts research on teaching. She aims to foster
critical thinking by teaching the fundamental tools of economic analysis and the
skills to employ those tools to analyze real world economic events.
Laura Carolina Pedraza Robles, who earned a doctorate in agricultural economics
from OSU in 2012, recalled a particular course about international agriculture trade
policy, where Henneberry was able to take the extremely complex theoretical models
and convert them to easily understood and applied concepts.
“Through the use of real life examples, student participation in class and current
events applications, she allowed the class to see past sometimes abstract theories
to the heart of the concept,” Robles said. “After she developed in us the understanding
of how and why these concepts worked, comprehending the theory behind them came
as second nature.”
The ability to take the classroom material and apply it to real world situations
is of upmost importance to Henneberry.
“I believe that students’ active participation is a key to learning and I search
for ways to include active learning strategies into my classes,” she said. “I think
we learn best when we can relate to what is taught. In my classes, I search for
ways to help my students connect to the material.”
During her nearly 30 years of service to OSU, Henneberry also has mentored 33
international visiting scholars and post-doctoral researchers, 155 master’s students
and 20 Ph.D. students.
“As a graduate advisor, Dr. Henneberry gives her students considerable freedom,
but holds them to a high standard. Her students have successfully published their
work in agricultural economics journals and have found employment as agricultural
economists,” said Wade Brorsen, Regents professor and A.J. and Susan Jacques Chair.
“Her record of service to students in the international area is clearly outstanding.”
In addition to her teaching and advising efforts, Henneberry has authored 61
peer reviewed journal articles; 14 books, book chapters and bulletins; and numerous
conference proceedings and popular press articles during her career. An aggressive
grant writer, as well, she has garnered nearly $1.4 million from numerous groups
and organizations for her work.
Under Henneberry’s direction for the past three years, MIAP’s enrollment has
She has received many awards including the 2010 Distinguished Graduate Teaching
Award from the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association and the Oklahoma House
of Representatives Outstanding Oklahoma Educator. She is an honorary initiate of
Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars, and in 2011, she was awarded
the lifetime honorary title of Regents Professor.