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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)—the second-largest university in Houston—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 more than 15,000 students; boasts more than 60,000 alumni and offers 45 bachelor’s, nine master’s degree programs and 16 fully online programs within five colleges (Marilyn Davies College of Business; Humanities & Social Sciences; Public Service; Sciences & Technology; and University College).

For the fourth consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report ranks UHD among universities across the nation for Best Online Criminal Justice Programs (No. 27 and No. 15 for Veterans) and Best Online Bachelor’s Programs.

UHD has the most affordable tuition among four-year universities in Houston and one of the lowest in Texas. U.S. News ranked the University among Top Performers on Social Mobility and a No. 1 ranking as the most diverse institution of higher education in the southern region of the U.S. The University is noted nationally as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, Minority-Serving Institution and Military Friendly School. For more on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit www.uhd.edu.