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  • Number of degree program alumni | 10,000
  • Percent of alumni who live and work in Minnesota | 60%

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). In addition to becoming a UMAA member, there are a number of free personal and professional development opportunities to engage with CCAPS and UMAA as an alum. Here are just a few!

As alumni, you have real-world perspectives that current students can learn from. Engage with CCAPS as an Alumni Ambassador and share the valuable insights you've gained in your career. Learn more about such options as being a guest lecturer, participating in a panel discussion, connecting with students as a career resource, helping with recruiting efforts, and more.

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

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. 

The Maroon & Gold Network 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.

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.


MELP 50th Anniversary Celebration

Date: Sept. 19, 2018, 4–6 p.m.
Location: Presidents Room, Coffman Memorial Union, U of M East Bank

The Minnesota English Language Program at CCAPS has been improving students' English language skills for 50 years. MELP has helped internationalize the U of M campus, provided resources for students and faculty, and supported the important work of ESL teachers.

U of M Day of Service

Date: 9–11 a.m., Sept. 29, 2018
Location: Worldwide

Engage with your community through one big day of service and gratitude. CCAPS will be doing projects at the Como Woodland Outdoor Classroom at Como Park in St. Paul.

Climate Change in Our Own Backyards: Evidence and Implications with Dr. Mark Seeley

Date: Oct. 4, 2018, 7 p.m.
LocationContinuing Education and Conference Center, 1890 Buford Avenue, Saint Paul, MN 55108

Join us at this CCAPS Headliners event, when Dr. Seeley considers Minnesota’s weather and climate history, and how science and citizenship can unite us. Registration now open!

Built Environment Career Fair

Date: Oct. 5, 2018, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Location: Great Hall, Coffman Memorial Union, U of M East Bank

Explore career paths and connect with employers regarding full-time jobs and internships and get a free professional photo taken!

CCAPS Homecoming Pre-parade Party

Date: Oct. 5, 2018, 4–6:30 p.m.
Location: Nolte Plaza (area behind Nolte Center), U of M East Bank

Join us for a family-friendly evening of free food, lawn games, great music, and a cash bar before the Homecoming parade.

Ski-U-Mania and Homecoming Football Game

Date: Oct. 6, 2018
LocationMcNamara Alumni Center & TCF Bank Stadium, U of M East Bank

Celebrate Homecoming at the annual pregame party featuring Homecoming Court coronation, then head off to the big game! 

Lift the Mask: Portraits of Life with Mental Illness

Date: Oct. 22, 2018, 5–8 p.m.
Location: Best Buy Theater, Northrop Auditorium, U of M East Bank

Through detailed interviews with subjects and examinations of their current lives, Lift the Mask captures the struggles, as well as the joys and achievements, of those affected by mental health issues. Stay after the film for a panel discussion.

Contact Us

Questions about ways to stay connected? Contact:

Courtney Barrette
Director of Engagement & External Relations