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Carl H. Lindner College of Business

Lindner Program Helps Displaced Professionals Return to Work

Monday, December 19, 2016 6:22 PM
Free Back to Business Program at UC aims to assist unemployed by refreshing skills and renewing confidence.

A free program offered through UC’s Carl H. Lindner College of Business designed to help displaced professionals get back on their feet returns on Oct. 10.

Lindner’s Back to Business program assists job hunters with five-plus years of professional industry experience update skills through an inexpensive and cost-deferred learning opportunity. The deadline to apply for the four-week program is Oct. 5.  

Amit Raturi, professor of operations management at Lindner, founded the program with a team of Lindner professors to help those hurt by staggering job losses after an economic downturn in 2008. His commitment to help earned him a Just Community Award in 2010 for demonstrating high community values.

The Back to Business group meets for eight hours a day on four consecutive weekends at Lindner’s Blue Ash location to learn from Lindner professors who volunteer their time to lecture on everything from business analytics and marketing to risk analysis and social entrepreneurship.

The goal is for participants to transition back to the workforce with confidence and refreshed skills, Raturi says.

Each Back to Business participant pays a $500 “commitment” fee to enroll in the class, but graduates receive a full refund upon successful completion of the program.

Raturi believes that he and his colleagues are making a difference. “I would say that upwards of 80% of the people from the program are now gainfully employed,” he says.

About the Program:

Application Deadline: Oct. 5. Download application.

Class Schedule: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays Oct. 11 through Nov. 1.

Location: Blue Ash Carver Woods, 4450 Carver Woods Drive

Cost: $500, returned upon completion. Breakfast and lunch provided for free.

Contact: Professor Amit Raturi  (513) 556-7192 |