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Professional Development Courses and Workshops

Our wide variety of professional development courses can be applied to certificate programs that will help give your career a boost. And because our courses are taught by instructors who are industry experts, you’ll walk away with new knowledge and skills that you can apply at work tomorrow.

Discounts and financial aid may be available to help you pay for your courses. If you have any questions about which courses might be appropriate for you, view frequently asked questions, contact our information center, or visit our student resources page..

Professional Development Course Listing

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Management, Supervision, and Leadership

Principles of Supervision
Meet the challenge of supervising in today's complex and changing workplace. Discover your authentic style and motivate others towards a more productive work environment.

Negotiate for Agreement
Develop your negotiation skills by learning to apply proven strategies and techniques to everyday situations as you learn about the negotiation process.

Build Teamwork and Commitment
Learn to create dynamic, high performance teams by tapping into individuals' diverse skills and interests to encourage a shared sense of organizational goals.

Delegate to Enhance Job Performance
Learn what, when, and how to delegate. Managing versus doing makes you and your employees more effective.

Developing Leadership Skills
Develop your leadership potential by enhancing your influencing, communication, and coaching skills and learn to differentiate between management and leadership.

Coaching for Excellence
Develop the tools and explore the approaches that are critical in a coaching relationship.

Strategic Planning and Measurement
Develop tools to build strategies that lead to practical solutions that make your business stronger.

Interviewing and Selection Processes
Identify the most qualified candidates for your organization, while making sure that you are conducting the interviewing and hiring processes both legally and effectively.

Legal Issues for Supervisors and Managers
Understand the legal aspects of employee-supervisor relationships and the role in supporting these relationships.

Financial Intelligence
Learn how financial information is used to make internal decisions and communicate with stakeholders.

Manage Performance and Develop Talent
Build the performance climate that your employees need to achieve stellar results.

Writing Business Reports and Proposals
Learn how to write concise, professional reports that effectively inform and persuade readers.

Measuring and Improving Work Processes
Making the invisible visible in your processes

In-Depth Coaching: Lead Individual Change Interventions
Understand and leverage your role as a coach to create and sustain individual and organization change.

Successful Manager's Leadership Program
Develop leadership excellence with this high-impact program and learn the key skills and behaviors that contribute to the success of today's managers and leaders.

Lead Successful Team Intervention Strategies
Learn how to improve the effectiveness, efficiency, responsiveness and innovativeness of teams through the practical techniques used to facilitate team intervention strategies.

Successfully Lead Enterprise-Wide Change Management
Learn effective techniques and systems that facilitate change and explore the dynamic role of today's change manager.

Management Essentials for Success
Increase your personal effectiveness and the performance of your work group by learning how to address management challenges and gain an understanding of key functions of management.

Leading Change, Transitions, and People.
Lead yourself and your people through the transition periods that accompany change

Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
Learn to develop and communicate creative solutions to complex problems

Agile Coaching
Train, mentor and advise Agile teams.

Agile Fundamentals
Put Agile knowledge, skills, tools, and techniques to work.

Agile Leadership
Lead using an Agile approach to work.

Agile Scaling
Scale to fit the needs of the project.

Agile Teams and Metrics
Use metrics to guide teams on their Agile journey.

Agile Testing
Learn the importance of testing throughout an Agile project.

Agile User Stories
Learn the techniques for capturing requirements.

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Writing and Communication

Successfully Deal with Conflict at Work
Help improve your confidence and effectiveness in managing conflict by developing strategies to respond to difficult situations and build valuable skills for positively resolving conflict.

How to Deal with Difficult People
Develop the interpersonal and communication skills you need to recognize and respond to difficult behavior in coworkers, employees, supervisors, and the public.

Negotiate for Agreement
Develop your negotiation skills by learning to apply proven strategies and techniques to everyday situations as you learn about the negotiation process.

Deliver High Impact Presentations
Develop powerful speaking and presentation skills and enhance your natural speaking style as you improve the content and delivery of your presentations.

Handle People with Tact and Diplomacy
Bring out the best in people and learn how to build and maintain interpersonal relationships that affect your job performance.

Work Assertively
Focus on understanding other people's needs and perspectives and learn how to confront problem behavior, stand up for yourself, and interact with authority figures.

Foundations in Business Writing
Learn how to improve your writing by practicing helpful strategies for organizing and formatting business correspondence and materials.

Writing Business Reports and Proposals
Learn how to write concise, professional reports that effectively inform and persuade readers.

Writing Policies and Procedures
Learn how to plan, write, edit, and publish successful policies, procedures, manuals and directions that align with your company's values.

Writing for the Web and Social Media
Understand how people use the web to acquire the tools to take a marketing approach in writing effective web site copy.

Advanced Editing and Proofreading Strategies
Learn how to hone editing and proofreading skills to maximize professionalism and quality.

Business Grammar Update
Learn to apply current guidelines for the most practical correctness rules, the ones that everyone relies on daily. You will learn to write with far fewer errors, whether writing simple emails or complex reports.

Emotional Intelligence for Professional Success
Manage and use emotions to cope with change and challenges

Communicating Across Cultures
Communicate effectively on cross-cultural teams

Fostering Customer Relationships
Communicate effectively on cross-cultural teams

Develop Effective Business Conversation Skills (Verbal and Nonverbal Communication)
Master verbal and nonverbal language skills

Communicating with a Winning Presence
Speak with confidence and passion

Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
Learn to develop and communicate creative solutions to complex problems

Powerful Presentations
Sell, influence, and persuade with confidence and authenticity

Team Communications
Contribute effectively to team projects and meetings

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Project Management

Negotiate for Agreement
Develop your negotiation skills by learning to apply proven strategies and techniques to everyday situations as you learn about the negotiation process.

Project Planning
Focus on creating a detailed project plan that defines activities, schedule, communication, solicitation, and procurement to create an integrated project plan.

Project Initiation
Learn how to communicate with stakeholders, analyze the organization, develop a budget and identify roles and responsibilities during the critical planning stages of your projects.

Project Management Foundations
Begin by understanding what a project is, how you can improve your role as a better project manager, while building a solid foundation of the project management essentials.

Project Risk Management
Learn to encourage a trust based context for handling uncertainty through project risk management planning while gaining knowledge to monitor and control risk on a project effectively.

Project Leadership
Discover strategies to mold and motivate your project team through team building and for solid decision-making.

Project Management and Chaos Theory
Understand complex systems and chaos, how they manifest in your organization, and learn to develop strategies for managing stress and minimizing risk due to this chaos.

Project Management and New Product Development
Acquire the key success factors in new product develoment, and discover ways to bring those factors to bear in your own organization.

Project Management for IT Professionals
Understand how project management processes are used to produce a plan that will deliver an IT project on time, within budget and scope.

Technical Writing
Meet the needs of your audience, accomplish your goals, and write for precision, clarity, and style.

Business Acumen
Comprehend and evaluate business problems and solutions to become a strategic business partner in your organization.

Business Analysis Planning
Effective business analysis approaches that influence project work

Introduction to Agile
Learn the Agile values, principles, and practices in an interactive setting

Project Execution, Monitoring, and Control
Manage and monitor changes throughout a project, communicate with stakeholders, and take steps to close the project.

Communicating Across Cultures
Communicate effectively on cross-cultural teams

Systems Engineering for Project Managers
Use core concepts and methods to increase the success of any project

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Human Resources

Staffing: Recruitment and Selection
Explore strategies and techniques to find and keep great employees that meet your organization's needs.

Principles of Employee Compensation
Learn the key components of a compensation plan, laws impacting compensation, use of salary survey data, and factors in a successful compensation program.

Deliver High Impact Presentations
Develop powerful speaking and presentation skills and enhance your natural speaking style as you improve the content and delivery of your presentations.

Employee Benefits Practices and Trends
Equip yourself to respond effectively to employee concerns and opportunities with this comprehensive introduction to benefit practices and trends.

Performance Management Process
Examine the components of an effective performance management strategy and understand the connection between organizational and individual performance.

Design On-Boarding Programs
Gain valuable tips on creating new employee orientation programs that influence a new employee's performance, attitude and sense of commitment.

Investigations and Documentation
Gain practical techniques for conducting investigations, gathering information legally, maintaining objectivity and keeping accurate records.

The Human Resource Audit
Conduct compliance reviews and evaluate human resource practices using audit techniques, data analysis and action planning.

Strategic Human Resource Planning
Learn to plan using environmental data to identify strategic challenges and objects, then develop and deploy an action plan to meet your goals.

Employee and Labor Relations
Learn how employee labor relations relate to the legal context of employee relations and gain a greater understanding of your role in employee advocacy.

Legal Issues for Supervisors and Managers
Understand the legal aspects of employee-supervisor relationships and the role in supporting these relationships.

Introduction to Human Resource Practices
Examine the variety of human resource functions performed and integrate these with the major human resource principles and concepts.

HR Certification Test Prep
Participate in the SHRM Learning System with your human resource colleagues to prepare you for the internationally recognized Professional in Human Resources (PHR) or the Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) designation.

HR Certification Test Prep Online
To obtain Web access, you must register online. Your username and password will be included in your registration confirmation; please print a copy for your records.

Writing Policies and Procedures
Learn how to plan, write, edit, and publish successful policies, procedures, manuals and directions that align with your company's values.

Fundamentals of Organization Development
Prepare individuals and groups within your organization to adapt to new technologies, markets, challenges and change.

In-Depth Coaching: Lead Individual Change Interventions
Understand and leverage your role as a coach to create and sustain individual and organization change.

Lead Successful Team Intervention Strategies
Learn how to improve the effectiveness, efficiency, responsiveness and innovativeness of teams through the practical techniques used to facilitate team intervention strategies.

Successfully Lead Enterprise-Wide Change Management
Learn effective techniques and systems that facilitate change and explore the dynamic role of today's change manager.

Assess Training Needs
Assess training needs and analyze performance improvement solutions

Deliver High-Impact Training
Acquire critical skills to engage learners and deliver high-impact training presentations

Measure Training Results
Apply several evaluation techniques to measure the impact of training

Explore Technology-Based Learning Solutions
Utilize technology to create an interactive online learning environment

Design and Develop Training Solutions
Use instructional design principles to develop performance improvement solutions

Workforce Metrics and Analytics
Using Data to Drive Business Results

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Agile

Agile Coaching
Train, mentor and advise Agile teams.

Agile Fundamentals
Put Agile knowledge, skills, tools, and techniques to work.

Agile Leadership
Lead using an Agile approach to work.

Agile Scaling
Scale to fit the needs of the project.

Agile Teams and Metrics
Use metrics to guide teams on their Agile journey.

Agile Testing
Learn the importance of testing throughout an Agile project.

Agile User Stories
Learn the techniques for capturing requirements.

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Business Processes and Analysis

Process Mapping and Analysis
How to Define and Analyze Business Processes

Introduction to Business Analysis
Understand the roles, responsibilities, and what the process, tasks, and techniques that a business analyst uses.

Measuring and Improving Work Processes
Making the invisible visible in your processes

Process Innovation
Impact business strategies by innovating processes

Implementing Process Change
Guide the adoption of process change

Business Acumen
Comprehend and evaluate business problems and solutions to become a strategic business partner in your organization.

Introduction to Agile
Learn the Agile values, principles, and practices in an interactive setting

Business Requirements Analysis
Understand the different techniques and models for analyzing requirements, when to use them and at what level of detail

Business Solutions Scoping and Eliciting Requirements
Understand the different types of requirements and methods and techniques to elicit them through research, stakeholder meetings, and group workshops.

Stakeholder Management, Business Analysis Planning, and Estimating
Understand early stages of a project in scoping the solution, identifying and managing stakeholders and estimating and planning BA work

Supporting Requirements - Documenting, Managing Requirements, and Validating the Solution
Understand the important factors and practices that support requirements: Documenting requirements, managing requirements, prioritizing requirements, validating and facilitating user acceptance, and implementing the new solution

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HR Certification Test Preparation

HR Certification Test Prep
Participate in the SHRM Learning System with your human resource colleagues to prepare you for the internationally recognized Professional in Human Resources (PHR) or the Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) designation.

HR Certification Test Prep Online
To obtain Web access, you must register online. Your username and password will be included in your registration confirmation; please print a copy for your records.

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Income Tax

Income Tax Short Course

The 2013-2014 Income Tax Short Course is offered at multiple locations throughout Minnesota. It will cover many topics of interest including new legislation, rulings and cases, Affordable Care Act updates, IRS issues, education provisions, and a variety of income tax issues that affect individual tax payers and arise in operating a business. For more details check out our website: www.cce.umn.edu/tax

Tax Books and CD

The 2010 Income Tax Short Course covers many topics of interest, including new legislation, financial distress, basis of assets, recapture provisions, retirement (with a focus on Roth IRAs) and a variety of income tax issues that affect individual tax payers and arise in operating a business. If you can't attend the Income Tax Short Course in person, register here to receive the course materials.

Tax Short Course -- Online

The 2014 Income Tax Short Course will cover a variety of income tax issues that affect individual tax payers and small businesses. This is a convenient way to earn your CPEs if you can't attend a course. To obtain Web access, you must register online.

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Professional Conferences

The College of Continuing Education partners with industry, associations, and organizations across the country to bring you high-quality professional development opportunities to keep you up to date and to fulfill your continuing education requirements in a variety of professions

Agriculture and the Environment Conferences

Engineering Conferences

Government / Public Policy Conferences

Health Conferences

Professional Development Conferences

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