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Global Energy Management students prepare for graduation

October 22, 2012

Herb Rubenstein, a professor of the Global Energy Program at the University of Colorado Denver Business School, has enjoyed teachingImage Cohort 6, the class currently in their last semester and preparing for graduation. This semester he is teaching their capstone course Strategic Management for the Energy Industry.

“Cohort 6 has seasoned professionals who understand the energy sector. They are eager to learn new management strategies that could give their companies a competitive advantage,” he said. “The energy sector is vital to this nation. This class will help lead this sector to more transparency, to better communication with the public, to better environmental compliance, and towards energy independence.”

The Global Energy Management Program is a hybrid-online Master of Science (MS) degree program exclusively designed to develop future leaders in the energy industry. Students desiring an “energy MBA” enroll in GEM because it offers graduate business courses that are focused entirely on the energy industry. GEM’s hybrid-online delivery method allows busy professionals from around the world to earn their master’s degree wherever they work or live.Image

At the beginning of each quarter, students travel to Denver for four days, Friday through Monday, to meet for classes. GEM students then return home and complete the remainder of their coursework using innovative technologies in online collaboration. All GEM courses are delivered via the hybrid-online format.

“The students are not only eager to learn, they work in groups very successfully and are always eager to assist each other,” Rubenstein said.

Crawford Frazer is a student in Professor Jack Mason’s Energy Asset and Production Management course this semester, and also a member of Cohort 6.

“I’ve very much enjoyed the relationships formed with my fellow cohort members. That’s probably as valuable as the education,” she said. “I hope to get a senior marketing or strategic role in a young energy efficiency or renewable company.”

GEM empowers its students by exploring the fundamentals of the energy industry and providing the knowledge and the necessary challenges to create tomorrow’s leaders, said student Jonathan Wente.

“Upon graduating I intend to use the tools and education to help promote natural gas as a preferred fuel by becoming an active member of the Western Energy Alliance,” Wente said. “The GEM program offers an incredible network of energy professionals, most of which will remain as friends throughout my career.”

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