Meet our Students: Edward Alibozek

EDEdward Alibozek is the Chief Operator for the Town of East Windsor Water Pollution Control Authority, where he has been an asset to the town of East Windsor for over 25 years. He attended and completed the Continuing Education Department’s Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Certificate Program from October 2013 through May 2014 at Central Connecticut State University, and believes the program helped him with his work immensely. Mr. Alibozek joined the GIS program to stay active and avoid“getting rusty,” learn multiple usable functions to improve his skills, and to learn to be prepared in the occasional situations he would not normally work in. The GIS program helps students learn to analyze and visualize data to answer questions and solve spatial problems.

Mr. Alibozek attended four GIS courses during his time at CCSU. The first was “Basic Principles of GIS.” The class allowed him to learn rudimentary geography such as direction, coordinate systems, spatial relationships, and geographic thought. The course served as an introduction to GIS. Mr. Alibozek left the class with the ability to navigate basic software tools and create GIS data. The second class he attended was “Practical Applications of GIS“. The course allowed him to use applications of GIS in the real world using geoprocessing tools. An introduction to the geodatabase data structure, the class equipped Mr. Alibozek with basic skills in geoprocessing, geocoding, georeferencing, and an ability to create a geodatabase and associated data structures. The third course Mr. Alibozek took was “Advanced Applications of GIS,” which taught more intricate uses of GIS in the real world; such as crime analysis, geostatistical analysis, and spatial analysis. The course entailed a personal GIS project that incorporates database design and GIS analysis of the student’s choosing. The fourth and final class Mr. Albiozek attended was “Web Applications of GIS, GPS, Remote Sensing, and GIS Integration.” The course left him with the ability to create basic web GIS applications and gave him exposure to using internet GIS data sources.

Due to his experience in GIS, Mr. Alibozek was able to use his newly acquired skills at work. The program enabled him to use GIS at work several times a week when working on quick and accurate blue-prints or video collection system for developers. Mr. Alibozek believes that “having it all at the touch of a keyboard, in GIS, really improves our performance, and our ability to work well with other departments and potential development projects.” Because of his understanding of GIS, Mr. Alibozek has helped the Town of East Windsor’s Water Pollution Control Authority on multiple projects, including: East Windsor’s Voting Redistricting Map of the 57th and 59th precincts, numerous map projects during the North Road USDA Projects, supplied maps to the Conservation Commission for the Four-Town Fair when East Windsor was the host town in 2013, managed the upgrade of all WPCA paper maps scanned to digitized versions and implemented them into a geodatabase, and is currently updating all WPCA Collection System (manholes, sewer lines, and lateral connections) with hyperlinked video while field checking with Trimble GPS with ArcPad installed. Mr. Alibozek believes that“constant learning is the minimum requirement for success at a position.” He was interested in doing something that would allow him to be a better and more valuable employee, and believes the CCSU GIS program provided that.

Mr. Alibozek recommends the program to anyone interested in GIS. He appreciated the small class size, where students were able to interact constantly with the instructors and each other. Mr. Alibozek claimed that the courses were “enjoyable and fun,” and misses getting together twice a week with his classmates and instructors. He continues to use GIS as much as possible, and often comes across a problem that he can relate back to the program. He believes that not being overwhelmed or intimidated is a position of strength when it comes to GIS. He has aligned himself toward working on several GIS projects, forestry related. In addition to his work as a student and employee, Edward Alibozek lives at home with his wife Donnalee and their dog Tippi. He considers himself a lifelong learner, and lives by the phrase by Mahatma Gandhi, “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”

If you are interested or want to learn more about the GIS Hybrid Certificate program at CCSU, please contact Christa Sterling at or 860-832-2277


6 Important Skills You Will Acquire in a Business Writing Course

Business writing skills are essential in virtually every job.

An effective business writing course is beneficial for countless professionals across various departments and business sectors. Having effective business writing skills is essential for anyone who wants to build a reputation and position him or herself to move up to the next level. Here are some important skills you can acquire when you take a business writing course.

1. The ability to express yourself clearly.

One of the strengths of business writing is that it teaches people how to write clearly and make their points straightforwardly. You will learn to think before you write about what you want your audience to understand and how to read your own writing objectively to make sure others get your points.

2. A better grasp of grammar.

Good grammar is important; people judge professional correspondence and won’t take you as seriously if your writing contains mistakes in spelling, capitalization, and punctuation. You may see others writing less than perfectly, but you don’t always see the way it hurts their credibility when they make mistakes.

3. A leg up on the competition.

When your writing looks professional, you will stand out from the crowd and gain the respect of your colleagues and your bosses as well. When the time comes to promote someone, your reputation for professional, clear and correct writing will give the higher-ups confidence that you can handle the communication needs of your new position.

There are many different kinds of written correspondence needed in business communication.

4. Understanding the difference between writing an email, letter, memo, report and proposal.

Each type of correspondence has different objectives and needs to be written accordingly. A business writing course will teach the particulars of each form of communication and how to write each one effectively. Your written business communication will improve rapidly after these important lessons.

5. The ability to recognize your mistakes.

A business English course will help you review nuances of usage like subject-verb agreement and consistency in your verb tenses. In turn, you begin to realize when you are making more subtle mistakes in your writing. It’s true, your colleagues may not be able to identify your mistakes by name, but they will realize that something is not quite right and may be annoyed by it nonetheless.

6. The ability to revise your writing.

Once you know the mistakes you are making, you will be able to improve on your rough drafts. In addition, you will be able to help others improve their writing. Doing a favor for some of your colleagues (or even your boss) may gain you goodwill. It’s never a bad thing if someone owes you a favor sometimes!

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4 Reasons Professional Development Will Grow your Business

As a leader, you want to always have the best: the best product, the best profits and the best staff. Your employees are truly the foundation for success above all else. They are your brand ambassadors. Investing in your team can help them live up to the greatest potential, and a fantastic way to do this is through new and innovative training programs. The following are a few of the benefits of offering ongoing professional development for your employees.

The best employees are hard-working and multi-talented. Having someone on your team who is an expert in one facet is wonderful, but having an employee who is skilled in many areas and able to succeed in multiple roles is priceless. Implementing new professional development programs will give your employees the chance to improve upon the abilities they already possess and the opportunity to obtain new knowledge to continue to evolve and grow.

A star employee is an invaluable asset to your business, as they possess endless potential to grow and contribute. Education provides the opportunity for your top talent to learn new things, even some that might not fit the traditional definition of their job. For example, a leadership development course is beneficial for employees in many roles, not just your management team. Courses and enrichment programs promote an increased interest and thirst for knowledge, which is the perfect remedy to boredom, work stress and success!

Increased employee interest can also lead to more engagement in team and business processes — and thus, renewed excitement about their job. Team members who actively engage with each other and your business processes also possess a deeper understanding of company and team dynamics. They are better equipped to handle any situation that may arise, no matter how challenging.

Excitement is contagious and brings the best type of atmosphere to the workplace.

Employees participating in ongoing education may also be more productive, as they feel empowered in their positions. They are more armed to perform their job responsibilities effectively, meaning increased efficiency and productivity are likely to follow. These are two major components to long-lasting and profitable business results.

Just remember that the sky is the limit for your business when you provide your employees with the opportunity and encouragement to pursue education. A professional development program is truly an investment in the longevity of your business, and is worth every cent. Encourage your team to take courses that are “outside the box” from their job duties and let them see how excited you are to help them become the best version of themselves. Your employees will feel a sense of loyalty and empowerment from the new learning opportunities you’ve provided, and your business will benefit from their increased interest and engagement.

Are you interested in developing your employees knowledge and skills? The CCSU Office of Continuing Education offers a number of valuable and interesting courses for business professionals. Join our mailing list to learn more!

Meet our Students: Bree Berner

BreeBernerBree Berner graduated from the Continuing Education Department’s Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Certificate Program at Central Connecticut State University in 2014. The GIS program helps students learn to analyze and visualize data to answer questions and solve spatial problems. She currently works for legislators at the Connecticut General Assembly, where she uses her GIS skills to use mapping to answer questions about voting districts and display geographic data.

Ms. Berner joined the GIS program to tune up her GIS skills for her job. She also wanted to expand her options for future career choices. In addition to her career, Ms. Berner also wanted to enhance her GIS skills for personal use when she uses mapping in her hobbies and volunteer search and rescue work. Ms. Berner found the GIS program useful in these areas, and believes the courses were a great overview of the vast applications of GIS technology, including emerging areas of use. She recommends the program to those interested in GIS, and explained that by “continuously increasing knowledge in using the software and applying creative thinking to problems or situations, a person can provide new solutions and produce useful projects which serve others and improve our world.”

If you are interested or want to learn more about the GIS Hybrid Certificate program at CCSU, please contact Christa Sterling at or 860-832-2277.