Sourcing Industry Group (SIG) Announces Launch of SIG University

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Semester begins January 4th with industry-standard online training and certification program

SIG University's first semester to begin January 4, 2016

The SIG U curriculum and its certification grow with the individual and help provide a career map and the necessary skills to those aspiring to the next level.

SIG, the premier membership organization for sourcing, procurement and outsourcing executives, today announces the launch of SIG University, a comprehensive, online certification curriculum focused on strategic sourcing and governance practices and methodologies.

SIG University (SIG U) was created at the request of SIG members, who saw an educational training gap in today's workforce. The online SIG U learning model is delivered by an experienced practitioner faculty who currently hold executive leadership positions in the sourcing space, allowing them to guide students to a better learning outcome. Four levels of certification for professionals and executives are offered in two colleges including a College of Sourcing and a College of Governance. Each certification takes place over a 10-week period in a virtual classroom where students learn from course material and practitioner faculty. Each certification level is delivered in a modular format with lessons, assessments, quizzes and a final proctored exam. The certification is valid for five years and enhances experiential learning with best-practice training. In addition, SIG U students have access to one of the largest banks of available sourcing data in the U.S. through the SIG Sourcing Resource Center (SRC), which houses over 4,000 tools, templates, methodologies, processes, whitepapers and archived presentations.

“For many years, SIG members have asked us to help them upskill their sourcing teams with supplementary training,” says Dawn Tiura, SIG and SIG University President and CEO. “We have built this program at the request of and with the assistance of some of the most esteemed sourcing executives in the industry.” Adds Deborah Manos-McHenry, Chief Sourcing Officer, Huntington Bank, “I’m thrilled about SIG U! It is satisfying a tremendous need. My teams have always learned strategic sourcing and risk management on the job. The SIG U curriculum and its certification grow with the individual and help provide a career map and necessary skills to those aspiring to the next level.”

About SIG University
SIG University, http://www.siguniversity.org is the premier training and certification program for sourcing and outsourcing professionals looking to enhance their practical experience with the latest sourcing thought leadership. SIG University was founded on the ideals of elevating the sourcing profession to deliver strategic value to the corporation, and is the only sourcing and governance certification designed and delivered by seasoned sourcing practitioners.

About SIG
SIG, http://www.sig.org is a membership organization that provides thought leadership and networking opportunities to executives in sourcing, procurement and outsourcing from Fortune 500 and Global 1000 companies. It has served these professionals and opened dialogues with their counterparts in finance, HR, marketing and other business functions throughout its 22-year history. SIG is acknowledged by many as a world leader in providing “next” practices, innovation and networking opportunities through its: global and regional events, online webinars and teleconferences, member peer connection services, content-rich website and online Resource Center, which was developed by and for professionals in sourcing and outsourcing. The organization is unique in that it blends practitioners, service providers and advisory firms in a non-commercial environment.

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