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COVID-19 Update: The University of Minnesota has suspended in-person instruction and will offer online, or alternative, instruction through the end of spring semester 2020. Read the latest CCAPS updates. For the latest information on the University’s response to COVID-19, please see the Safe Campus website.


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  • Number of degree program alumni | 11,000
  • Percent of alumni who live and work in Minnesota | 68%

The College of Continuing and Professional Studies has opened doors for learners for over 100 years. We give you the tools to navigate your career path and stay engaged with the world through degrees and certificates, professional development courses, and personal enrichment programs.

Get Involved

The College of Continuing and Professional Studies (CCAPS) encourages alumni to join the University of Minnesota Alumni Association (UMAA). Becoming a UMAA member provides a number of free personal and professional development opportunities to engage with CCAPS and UMAA as an alum. Here are just a few!

Reconnect with old classmates and stay in touch with your colleagues and friends from CCAPS by joining our LinkedIn group and finding us on Facebook and Twitter. Be sure to update your education profile to connect to CCAPS!

We also have program-specific social media accounts.

Providing an internship for a CCAPS student is a win-win proposition: your organization gets professional expertise for a research project, program, or other project, while the student gets the opportunity to see firsthand how coursework can be applied in a work setting.

Find out more about how to develop an effective internship and hire a CCAPS intern by emailing engageccaps@umn.edu.

A gift to CCAPS is an investment in the very core of the College—a commitment to provide high-quality continuing education and lifelong learning opportunities for professional development, personal enrichment, career transitions, and academic growth. A number of scholarships support students in our credit and noncredit programs. 

In the fall of 2019, CCAPS is launching a first-ever pilot for a CCAPS Mentor Program!

This new program is powered by the Maroon & Gold Network, which is the University of Minnesota Alumni Association's career and networking platform where you can volunteer online to give career-related advice to current students and fellow alumni.

Career development doesn’t end at graduation, so you can also further leverage the platform by reaching out to fellow alumni for advice that helps your own career. Learn more about the various career resources offered by UMAA.

The Emerging Professionals Network is a collaboration between multiple collegiate societies at the University of Minnesota and the University of Minnesota Alumni Association to provide an opportunity for recent graduates to connect with one another at fun and interesting events and activities throughout the year.


Wellbeing Webinar: Inner Work of Racial Justice

Date: March 24, 2020, 3:30 p.m.

In this interactive session, lawyer, author, mindfulness teacher, and storyteller Rhonda V. Magee will discuss the links between embodied mindfulness and compassion practices and working to disrupt bias and bring about anti-oppressive social change.

UMAA Webinar: Working Remotely... Now What?

Date: March 27, 2020, 12-1 p.m.

We are facing an unprecedented public health crisis with the COVID-19 situation. Many workplaces are working remotely for the first time and trying to adapt quickly to the new reality. Join this webinar for a conversation about working from home.

UMAA Minnesota Alumni Travel Reception

Date: March 30, 2020, 4:30-7 p.m.
Location: Campus Club, Coffman Memorial Union, East Bank

POSTPONED. Details to come.

UMAA Mentor Appreciation Dinner

Date: March 31, 2020, 5:15-7:15 p.m.
Location: McNamara Alumni Center, East Bank


CCAPS Alumni and Student Undergraduate Programs Networking Event

Date: April 1, 2020, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Location: Buffalo Wild Wings, 2001 University Ave SE, Minneapolis


Headliners: Of Dogs, Dinosaurs, Elephants, and Kids: Demystifying (and Curing) Cancer

Date: April 2, 7 p.m.
Location: Continuing Education and Conference Center, St. Paul Campus

POSTPONED. Please join Dr. Jaime Modiano at next year's Headliners.

UMAA Annual Celebration

Date: April 24, 2020, 5 p.m.
Location: McNamara Alumni Center, East Bank


U of M Day at the Minnesota Twins - CCAPS Section

Date: April 25, 2020, 1:10 p.m.
Location: Target Field, Minneapolis, MN


Encore Transitions

Date: May 1, May 15, May 29, 2020
Location: Continuing Education and Conference Center,  St. Paul Campus

The May 2020 Encore Transitions series has been canceled and is in the process of being rescheduled.

Headliners: Xenophobia in America: How We Got Here and What's at Stake

Date: May 7, 2020, 7 p.m.
Location: Continuing Education and Conference Center, St. Paul Campus

POSTPONED. Please join Dr. Erika Lee at next year's Headliners.

Votes for Women 100 Years Later: The Legacy of the 19th Amendment

Date: May 12, 2020, 6-8 p.m.
LocationContinuing Education and Conference Center, St. Paul Campus

CANCELED. In many cases, LearningLife’s canceled courses and seminars have been or are in the process of being rescheduled.

U of M Data Visualization and Analytics Boot Camp

Start Date: June 1, 2020
Location: Continuing Education and Conference Center, St. Paul Campus

Make plans to attend our next bootcamp for data visualization analytics. Develop concrete, in-demand skills to graduate from the program ready to apply your knowledge in the professional world.

Pride@Work - Twin Cities Pride Social

Date: June 25, 2020, 7-8:30 p.m.
Location: U of M Continuing Education and Conference Center

Save the date - more details to come!

Toni Morrison Tribute: The Class

Date: September 17-November 19, 2020, 6-8 p.m.
LocationContinuing Education and Conference Center, St. Paul Campus

Taught by Professor Emerita Toni McNaron, this course celebrates the work of award-winning author Toni Morrison, including three novels that form a historical trilogy detailing the perpetual ills of slavery, and two nonfiction works that illuminate themes often investigated by the author.

Alumni Stories

We are proud of our hard-working alumni. Here are some of their stories.

Have a great CCAPS story? We'd love to hear from you.

Contact Information

Questions about ways to stay connected? Contact:

Courtney Barrette
Director of Engagement & External Relations