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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!

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.

The Construction Management and Facilities Management Alumni Club is the official network for the College of Continuing and Professional Studies Construction Management and Facilities Management graduates. Visit their page to learn more about how to be engaged as a CMGT and FM alum!

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.

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.


Emerging Professionals Network: Making a Career Change

Date: February 19, 2019, 5:30 p.m. 
Location: Bauhaus Brew Labs, 1315 Tyler Street Northeast, Minneapolis

New year, new career? Hear from a panel of recent alumni who have been there and get advice for finding a career that you love, even if it's different from where you started.

Why Go to the Moon? Apollo, the Space Race, and the Many Faces of Lunar Exploration

Date: February 21, 2019, 3:30 p.m.
Location: Northrop, 84 Church Street SE, Minneapolis

What is it about the moon that captures the fancy of humankind? A silvery disk hanging in the night sky, it conjures up images of romance and magic. It has been counted upon to foreshadow important events, both good and ill, and its phases for eons served humanity as its most accurate measure of time. Featuring Roger Launis, Retired NASA, Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. This event is part of the 1968/69-2018/19: Historic Upheavals, Enduring Aftershocks Series. Free and open to the public.

The Rafter Tour − Sponsored by Mortenson Construction

Date: February 21, 2019, 4:30 p.m.
Location: 333 Hennepin Ave. E., Minneapolis, MN 55414

You’re invited to join the Construction Alumni Association, CFMSA, and the Construct*ium Mentorship for a tour of Rafter Apartments! Safety Equipment: PPE is required for all tours!

Discover Your Career Language − UMAA

Date: February 28, 2019, 8−9 a.m.
Location: In Person at UMAA and Virtually

Praise. Prestige. Money. Impact. Culture. What matters and motivates you at work? Discover your individual career language and get the tools to ask for what you need in your career to stay happy and healthy in a job you love. 

LearningLife Sampler 

Date: March 2, 2019, 9 a.m.
Location: Continuing Education and Conference Center, 1890 Buford Avenue, Saint Paul

What if you could learn from—and question—some of the brightest minds the University of Minnesota has to offer?

Taught by University faculty and scholars and professionals from the community, LearningLife’s innovative short courses, seminars, and one-day immersions feature a range of topics and approaches to learning, and bring the world (and a world of ideas) to your doorstep.

Take your seat! Join us—in person or online—for the 2019 LearningLife Sampler. It’s your chance to try three of our offerings for FREE!

ICP/MdS Alumni & Student Networking Event 

Date: March 28, 2019, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Location: The Beacon Public House − Graduate Minneapolis Hotel, 615 Washington Ave SE, Minneapolis
Cost: Free! 

ICP and MdS students and alumni are invited to join CCAPS for a fun night of networking! Your favorite advisers will also be in attendance, and you’ll have a chance to thank adviser Bob Danforth for his years of service to CCAPS students as he retires this spring. Hosted appetizers and drinks on your own. 

Alumni at Goldy's Run

Date: April 7, 2019, 7 a.m.
Location: TCF Bank Stadium, Minneapolis

Alumni and friends, join UMAA as we participate in Goldy's Run! Last spring we participated for the first time and had over 100 alumni and friends join us. This year we are hoping to improve on that number. If you normally participate in this run and are not a part of a group, feel free to join ours.

Destination Discovery: Saint Paul!

Date: April 19, 2019, noon−3 p.m.
Location: St. Paul Campus, U of M
Cost: Free! 

The University of Minnesota's Saint Paul Campus open house will showcase the campus and its many programs, tours, and fun educational activities for prospective and current students, alumni, families and the broader U of M community. Walk or use the Saint Paul Connector to get to the various activities around Saint Paul Campus. The Saint Paul Student Center is the main hub for this event. CCAPS will be located in Ruttan Hall on the ground floor study space.

UMAA Annual Celebration

Date: April 26, 2019, 5 p.m.
Location: MacNamara Alumni Center, 200 Oak Street, Minneapolis

Save the date for the next annual celebration! Stay tuned for more information.

CCAPS Spring 2019 Commencement

Date: May 11, 2019, 10 a.m.

Location: Northrop − East Bank Campus, Minneapolis

More details to come!

    Contact Information

    Questions about ways to stay connected? Contact:

    Courtney Barrette
    Director of Engagement & External Relations