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COVID-19 Update: The University of Minnesota will offer online, or alternative, instruction through the end of summer term 2020. Read CCAPS's operational updates or visit the Safe Campus website for the University's operational updates.


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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.


All times are listed as Central Daylight Time (CDT).

Stress Busters Online (Free)

Date: June 16, 2020, 12 p.m.

Join the University of Minnesota's Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing for an informal hour of meditation and light movement.

Petri Dish: Trust Issues: Communicating Research During a Pandemic

Date: June 17, 2020, 4 p.m.

Panelists will explore the challenges of communicating research in real time now and during past pandemics. Organized by the College of Biological Sciences in collaboration with the Bell Museum.

UMAA Webinar: Origins of COVID-19 & Other Zoonotic Diseases

Date: June 17, 2020, 1 p.m.

Join us for an interactive discussion with experts from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine on the origins of COVID-19 and other zoonotic diseases.

Healthy Lawns

Date: June 17, 2020, 6 p.m.

We will cover a wide variety of topics and answer your questions about watering, fertilizing, weed identification and so much more to make your lawn the best it can be. This workshop is part of the CFANS Come Grow with Us horticulture education series.

UMAA Webinar: Conquering the Virtual interview

Date: June 24, 12 p.m.

In this webinar, we will cover how to prepare for your virtual interview, common questions and a method for responding to interview questions and how to follow up post-interview. There will also be an opportunity for QA during the last 15-20 minutes.

Pride@Work - Twin Cities Pride Social

Date: June 25, 2020, 4-6 p.m.

Join us for a virtual happy hour to celebrate Pride month! We welcome all UMN LGBTQIA+ employees, graduate, and professional students. RSVP.

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