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Social Media Strategist Certification Course Being Offered by Argosy University, Chicago through the National Institute for Social Media

CHICAGO, IL May 14, 2013--   Argosy University, Chicago and the National Institute for Social Media (NISM) are pleased to announce social media certification courses being offered at the university’s Alameda campus.

NISM’s “Becoming a Certified Social Media Strategist” course will be held at Argosy University, Chicago, located at 225 N. Michigan Ave., #1300, Chicago, IL 60601, in the month of June.

Prospective and current students who complete the course and achieve social media certification can apply to receive three course credits towards a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts, business administration, psychology or criminal justice through the College of Undergraduate Studies at Argosy University.

The course dates and times are set to accommodate working professionals and are as follows:

  • Friday, June 7, 2013, from 6 pm – 9 pm
  • Saturday, June 8, 2013, from 9 am – 5 pm
  • Friday, June 14, 2013, from 6 pm – 9 pm
  • Saturday, June 15, 2013, from 9 am – 5 pm
  • Friday, June 21, 2013, from 6 pm – 9 pm
  • Saturday, June 22, 2013, from 9 am – 5 pm

“Finding talented social media professionals is one of the top priorities of many businesses across the country,” said Eric Mills, president of the NISM.  “Best practices in the business use of social media are emerging, and hiring managers are looking for qualified professionals.  By partnering to combine a high quality social media education with a professional industry certification from the National Institute for Social Media, participants can set themselves apart from their peers and demonstrate their unique value to future employers.”

“Though social media is a relatively new phenomenon, it has had an enormous impact on businesses and society. We look forward to providing Chicago professionals the opportunity to learn to how leverage the power of social media in their personal and professional lives. This is a very exciting opportunity,” says Argosy University, Chicago President, Dr. Ron Kimberling.

The NISM Social Media Strategist certification program validates the foundational skills required of professionals using social media. To achieve certification as a Social Media Strategist, participants complete the coursework and are required pass a certification exam covering the six primary content domains of general practitioners in social media: strategic planning; compliance and governance; project management; social media marketing; community management; and research and analysis. Certified professionals have demonstrated at least minimum levels of comprehension and mastery of essential social media best practices, and are able to apply them on the job with a marginal level of supervision.

For more information or to register, go to

About Argosy University
Argosy University (, with 28 campus locations in 13 states and online, is a private, accredited academic institution dedicated to providing undergraduate and graduate degree programs to students through its seven colleges: Psychology and Behavioral Sciences, Business, Education, Health Sciences, Undergraduate Studies, The Art Institute of California and Western State College of Law. With one of the largest communities of graduate students in the nation, Argosy University offers graduate degree programs in Psychology, Business, Counseling and Education. The institution offers undergraduate degree programs in Psychology, Business, Liberal Arts and Criminal Justice and, through The Art Institute of California, serves as an important source of education for design, media arts, fashion and culinary arts students and professionals. Degree levels and programs offered vary by location. Full and part-time law programs are offered through Western State College of Law. Argosy University is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, California, 94501, Licensed by the Florida Commission for Independent Education, License No. 2610,2630. See for program duration, tuition, fees, and other costs, median debt, federal salary data, alumni success, and other important info.

About the National Institute for Social Media
The National Institute for Social Media (NISM) is dedicated to social media education and certification for professional social media practitioners. The organization’s mission is to provide premier, vendor-neutral public education and resources related to social media. In addition, its Industry Advisory Committee defines and supports certification and continuing education standards for social media professionals in a manner that upholds industry standards for competent practice. For additional information, call 763-200-6476 or visit

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