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Michigan State University marks first graduating class for railway management course


Michigan State University's (MSU) Certificate Course in Railway Management marked its first graduating class on June 20. Seventeen course participants from several Class Is, two other railroads and a major railroad supplier graduated from the Railway Management Program course.

The participants logged more than 160 classroom hours and 40 hours of independent study to complete the course, which was led by well-known railroad economists Robert Gallamore and Steven Ditmeyer. Railroad executives, financial analysts from both Wall Street and Chicago, leading authorities on railroad operations and principles of international operations also provided information on special topics.
Launched earlier this year, the Railway Management Program has been funded in large part by donations from Dennis Gilstad, founder, president and chairman of rail equipment and financial services firm FCM Rail Ltd.; and Edward Burkhardt, founder, president and chief executive officer of Rail World Inc. and Rail World Holdings L.L.C.

MSU's Railway Management Programs developed the course based on an industry-wide needs assessment. Targeted at mid-career railroad managers seeking to become executives, the course includes classroom lessons, field exercises, assignments, and computer-based case studies and work sessions.
The next certificate course is scheduled to begin Oct. 5 at MSU.  For more information, log onto the Railway Management Program Web site at