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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

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.


U of M Alumni Association Webinar: Understanding Conflict Across Cultural Differences

Date: February 11, 2020, 12 p.m.

This webinar will give you practical tools to heighten cultural awareness in order to effectively engage with your colleagues and constituents. Register now.

MinneCollege Arizona

Date: February 15, 2020, 12:30 p.m.
Location: Scottsdale, AZ

Come together with fellow alumni and friends to hear from some of the University of Minnesota's most exciting, innovative and ambitious faculty. Learn about their cutting-edge research and see why the University of Minnesota is ranked as one of the most active public research universities in the nation.

U of M Alumni Association Webinar: Designing Your Life: Using Design-Thinking Principles to Build a Joyful Life

Date: February 18, 2020, 12 p.m.

Learn how to use design-thinking principles to design the next chapter of your life story. Push yourself to reframe assumptions and engage in an iterative process of curiosity and creative problem solving. Register now.

U of M Alumni Association Webinar: 2020 Minnesota Labor Market and Career Trends

Date: February, 20, 2020, 12 p.m.

This presentation will highlight the complex realities in the state’s labor market, with a special focus on higher education. Register now.

Minnesota Career Connections: Setting Your Career Intention

Date: February 26th, 2020, 5-7 p.m.
Location: McNamara Alumni Center, Discovery Hall (2nd Floor)

The event is open to all U of M alumni and local working professionals from across all sectors. Hear an alumni panel speak about how they developed their 2020 vision for career planning. Gain perspective on how to manifest an intention that meets your career goals. $15 Alumni Association members, $20 non-members. RSVP by February 21.

U of M Alumni Association Webinar: Networking Online with Alumni

Date: February 27, 2020, 12 p.m.

This webinar will walk you through best practices and tips for connecting with alumni on LinkedIn and the Maroon and Gold Network (the Alumni Association's own online networking platform). Register now.

Pride@Work - Twin Cities Pride Social

Date: June 25, 2020, 4-6 p.m.
Location: U of M Campus Club

Save the date - more details to come!

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