Employers choose to invest in continuing education for their employees for a variety of reasons. Here are some things to consider when deciding where to put your education dollars.

What Are the Benefits to My Company?

Employees with new and improved skills enable them to handle more responsibilities and roles and increase productivity, which will help your company grow (or help it save money). Professional development will:

  • Attract and Retain Top Talent: In today's competitive job market, employees value opportunities for continuous learning. Offering programs like this demonstrates the organization's commitment to employee growth, making it a more attractive employer to high-performing individuals who want to stay with a company that invests in their future.
  • Develop Future Leaders: By fostering a culture of learning and development, you're not just investing in employee skills today, but also in the company's leadership pipeline for tomorrow. The knowledge gained through continuing education can position your employees to become future mentors or leaders within the organization.
  • Increase Job Satisfaction: Employees who feel their skills are valued and who have opportunities to learn and grow are demonstrably more satisfied in their roles. This translates into a more engaged and motivated workforce, ultimately benefiting the entire company.

“This is a great time to invest in employee development. This situation [the global pandemic] is showing us that we need to adapt to the changes and bring our workforce up to speed.” 
—Julia Miller, Hennepin County Employee Career Center Director, Project Management Certificate Completer

Why the University of Minnesota?

The U of M ...

  • is a well-respected institution of higher learning AND professional development.

  • has been delivering professional development programs for over 50 years and is a trusted partner with many state businesses, including local Fortune 500 companies

  • professional development courses are developed with an understanding of market needs using the latest industry knowledge. 

  • courses are taught by professionals with history and expertise in their field; they share practical tools, skills, and case studies that students can apply immediately to their own situations.