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Industry Certifications Earned by IRM Students Will Help Pave Pathways to Success


By Mark Kramer

For students entering the Insurance and Risk Management (IRM) industry, earning highly respected professional designations are critical to career growth and professional development.

IRM students at the University of Houston-Downtown’s Marilyn Davies College of Business learn in their courses that such credentials shows their depth of knowledge of the industry. In addition, such designations lead to employment offers and even future advancement.

To that end, nine students from the IRM program have shown that they are on the pathway to success by earning the University Associate Certified Risk Manager (UACRM) designation from The National Alliance for Insurance Education and Research.

Priscilla Oehlert, Director of the UHD Insurance & Risk Management Center said, “The UHD Bachelor of Business Administration in Insurance & Risk Management program offers designation courses so that credentials, such as the UACRM, can be earned and to help set UHD IRM majors and graduates apart from others in the insurance industry.”

Students earning the UACRM designation are Ana Escribano, Tim Harris, Nurbek Karshygayev, Kris Murphy, Patrick Ogude, Jr., Pierre Phillips, Jasmine Silinzy, Michael Stein and Stephanie Westmoreland.

The program prepares IRM majors for insurance careers including underwriting, loss control, claims adjusting, insurance appraisers, auditing, risk analysts, brokers/agents, personal financial planners and others. These careers are provided by a stable industry seeking talented propects.

Michael Stein, a senior business major, who works as a risk analyst for Transocean Offshore Drilling, said he’s already putting what he has learned to good use.

“This designation helps me as a risk professional because it gives me specialized knowledge that will help me add more value to every client relationship,” he said. Stein will graduate with his degree in August and will continue his current role with Transocean with his sights set on eventually becoming a risk manager.

“This certification means a lot of me,” the father of two toddler girls said. “It was a lot of hard work and a lot of hours studying, but well worth it. I know it will certainly will benefit me as I move forward in my career.”

William J. Hold, CRM, CISR, President and CEO of The National Alliance said he is proud of the students' accomplishments.

"We would like to congratulate the newest UACRM class at UHD," Hold said. "We started the University Associates Program to cultivate a capable future workforce and inspire the next-generation of professionals in search of meaningful insurance and risk management careers and and I can’t wait to see how the designation fuels their future successes in the risk and insurance industry.”


About the University of Houston-Downtown

The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) is the second-largest university in Houston and has served the educational needs of the nation’s fourth-largest city since 1974. As one of four distinct public universities in the University of Houston System, UHD is a comprehensive, four-year university led by President Loren J. Blanchard. Annually, UHD educates approximately 14,000 students, boasts more than 66,000 alumni, and offers 45 bachelor’s degrees, 12 master’s degrees, and 19 online programs within four colleges: Marilyn Davies College of Business, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Public Service, and College of Sciences and Technology. UHD has one of the lowest tuition rates in Texas.

U.S. News and World Report ranked UHD among the nation’s Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Applied Administration and Best Online Master’s Programs in Criminal Justice, as well as a Top Performer in Social Mobility. The Wall Street Journal/College Pulse ranked UHD one of the best colleges in the U.S. for its 2024 rankings, with notable distinctions: No. 1 for diversity (tied) and No. 3 for student experience. The University is designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, a Minority-Serving Institution, and a Military Friendly School. For more information on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit uhd.edu.