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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.


Lecture: Who Can Solve the Healthcare Cost Problem?

Date: January 10, 2020 | 7:45- 9 a.m.
Location: Carlson School of Management, U of M West Bank

You are invited to attend the annual winter lecture, hosted by the MHA Executive Program. This year, Garrett Black (MHA ’98), President, National Solutions, Stella Health, will present “Who Can Solve the Healthcare Cost Problem?”. In this talk, Garrett will provide a perspective on costs in healthcare and discuss who is best positioned to address and solve this challenge. No RSVP necessary. 

39th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute Concert

Date: January 19, 2020, 3 p.m.
Location: Ted Mann Concert Hall, U of M West Bank

A not to be missed multidisciplinary celebration intermixing the words of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with musical performances featuring the University of Minnesota Gospel Choir. The program is curated by U of M School of Music alumnus G. Phillip Shoultz, III of VocalEssence and is sponsored by the U of M Office for Equity and Diversity and the School of Music. This event is free and open to the public.

Webinar: The Art of Negotiation: Achieving Your Worth and More

January 23, 2020 | 12-1 p.m.

Negotiation can be one of the scariest and most challenging aspects of a job search or transition. We’ll help make your next salary negotiation less intimidating, and provide you with strategies, tools, and the attitude to obtain your market worth, if not more. Join the School of Public Health for a webinar on January 23. This webinar is free and designed for public health professionals, although students and professionals from other industries are welcome to join. 

Twin Cities Campus Legislative Kickoff Breakfast

Date: January 28, 2019, 7:30-9 a.m.
Location: McNamara Alumni Center, U of M East Bank

Please join President Joan Gabel, faculty, alumni, and student leaders for the 2020 University of Minnesota Legislative Kickoff Breakfast! Learn about the University's capital request, find out how legislative proposals will affect the University, and learn how you can influence lawmakers. The University of Minnesota is the state's economic engine returning $8.6 billion in annual economic impact. The Legislative Kickoff Breakfast will help you become an effective advocate to share the statewide impact of the University of Minnesota! This event is free; continental breakfast will be served.

Headliners: What’s on Baby’s Mind? The Developmental Origins of Adult Mental Health and Disease

Date: February 6, 2020, 7 p.m.
Location: Continuing Education and Conference Center, St. Paul Campus

Dr. Michael K. Georgieff will present evidence that supports the concept of the developmental origins of adult mental health and the opportunities for helping our children attain their full neurodevelopmental potential.

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.

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