Continuing Education for Job Seekers and Professionals

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Are you ready to start a new career? Do you need (re)certification to demonstrate you have the skills required for a job? Or are you looking for professional development to advance your skills and career?

With 37 colleges and universities across 54 campuses, we offer training to help you achieve your career goals. What we offer:

  • Flexible scheduling options – many classes are “open enrollment” throughout the year.
  • Short-term training – gain skills in just a few weeks or months
  • Industry certifications and certificates that demonstrate to an employer you have the skills needed for a job.
  • Simple to apply - no application fee

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FAQs

Yes. Depending upon the course, we offer many different options including in-person, online, hybrid, and virtual options. Visit our course search to find online classes.

Professional Development to Advance Your Career

We can help you up-to-date on your professional skills. Preview some of the training topics we offer. Or contact us to discuss your needs.


Sample Topics

  • Business Software - Adobe Pro/Adobe Forms, Microsoft Office (Access, Excel, Word, Outlook), Microsoft Teams, PowerPoint, Publisher, Quickbooks for Business
  • Human Resource Topics - Drugs and Alcohol in the Workplace, Employee Benefits, Employee Retention and Hiring Improvements, FMLA, Gender Sensitivity, Healthy Workplace Culture, Pension & Profit Sharing Plans, Violence in the Workplace
  • Leadership and Management - Building Trust in the Workplace, Change Management, Communications, Conflict Resolution, Creative Problem Solving, Critical Thinking, Employee Engagement and Motivation, Leadership and Team Building, Lean, Presentation Skills, Project Management, Six Sigma, Supervision and Management, Systems Thinking
  • Other -  Accounting/Bookkeeping, Administrative Professionals, Business Architecture, Entrepreneurship, Customer Service, Social Media (LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter)

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(Re)Start Your Career

Are you ready to start a new career? We have short-term training to help you quickly move into an in-demand career. Consider the options below. Or explore in-demand careers and training to get started.


Sample Topics

  • Agriculture and Natural Resources - Veterinary Assistant, Certified Water and Wastewater Professional
  • Construction & Trades - Drywaller, Electrician, Plumbing, Building or Home Construction Inspection, Building or Property Maintenance and Management, Boilermaking, Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning (HVAC), & Refrigeration 
  • Healthcare - Medical Insurance Specialist or Biller, Medical Office Assistant, Medical Transcription, Health Aide, Home Health Aide/Home Attendant, Nursing Assistant and Patient Care Assistant (PCA), Medication Aide, Phlebotomy Technician, Nutrition, Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), Medical Assistant, Pharmacy Technician, EMT, Paramedic
  • Manufacturing - Boiler Operations, Electrical Technician, Forklift Training, Chemical System Pumps, Water Distribution Pumps, American Gas Association Training (AGA), Small Engine Repair, Welding, Blueprint reading, sheet metal, CNC Machining, Basic Electricity/Electronics, LEED Green Exam Prep, SolidWorks, AutoCAD, Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerance (GD&T), Manufacturing Skills Standard Council Certification (MSSC)
  • Marketing & Sales - Sales Operation Online Certificate Program, Digital Marketing Certificate. Entrepreneurial Marketing, Video Marketing
  • Office & Support - Bookkeeping, Project Management, Computer Skills, Banking, Customer Service, Office Software
  • Transportation -  Commercial Drivers Licence (CDL) A, Commercial Drivers License (CDL) B, Basic automotive

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Highlighted Training

Are you looking for training in a critical and high-demand industry?  Consider one of the options below.

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Commercial Driver's License

Start your career as a commercial truck driver at Minnesota State.

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Health Care Training

There are many different options for people who want to work in health care.  Learn about training options in high demand health care pathways.

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Do you need help finding training?  Representatives are waiting to assist you.  Chat with us at the Info Hub.

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