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New name, new location and new courses - just in time for summer
Author: Trish Carey
Posted: June 14, 2013

Professional Development at Portland State Moves Forward

Center moves to School of Business Administration


In a continued effort to provide cutting edge business education for working professionals in the Portland Metro area and throughout the region, PSU's School of Business Administration is pleased to announce the opening of its new Center for Executive and Professional Education (CEPE). Formerly known as the Professional Development Center, CEPE offers a variety of education programs to help professionals improve their real-world skills and become successful business leaders.


CEPE offers certificates in Business Analysis, Designing and Developing for Mobile, Digital Marketing Strategies, Human Resource Management, Introduction to Web Development, Lean Practitioner, Project Management, Six Sigma and Lean Systems, and the long-running Tax Practitioners Institute. Our instructors are leaders in their field and offer hands-on, dynamic course instruction. Course structure and curriculum are developed to ensure programs provide immediate career impact, whether that be career advancement or career change. CEPE’s mission is to offer traditional career development, and to provide new and modern programs that suit the unique needs of the region’s professionals. 

For example, we will offer two new certificate programs this fall that are in response to the business community’s needs; the Business of Craft Brewing and Business Communication. The Business of Craft Beverages program, a fully online offering, is a direct result of Oregon’s prolific craft beer trade and features instructors from world-renowned local brewers and distillers PSU School of Business faculty, as well as finance and accounting experts specializing in the craft beverage business


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This new highly anticipated certificate sold out in just ten days and is now accepting registrations for winter term. Courses will provide students a thorough overview of the process that goes into making and selling craft beverages including basic business principles, how to develop a brand, digital marketing and distribution strategies. Please join us for an overview of the program at our presentation.

The Business Communications certificate is designed to give professionals the communication skills necessary to present themselves and their organization in an effective and polished manner. The courses are highly practical and interactive. Students will learn how to write clearly and confidently, present information to a group efficiently, listen effectively and use persuasive communication properly.  Please read more about the Business Communication program.

Our new location is: 1500 SW 1st Avenue, Suite 100B, Portland, OR 97201. You can visit us online at or call us at 503.719.7655

Business Communication

Certificate launches this fall

Communication is essential for the existence, operation and success of any organization. Effective communication is important at all levels of an organization including efficiently completing projects at the office and maintaining successful relationships with stakeholders and vendors.

We are excited to announce a new Business Communication Certificate that launches this fall. The certificate is designed to give professionals the communication skills to present themselves and and their organization in an effective and polished manner. The classes are highly practical, interactive and instructed by industry leaders.

Please visit us online, or contact Carmen Schwisow to learn more.

HTML5 and Web Development

Online courses begin end of June.

The Introduction to Web Development Certificate will provide everything web designers need to know to use HTML5 and CSS to implement their graphical designs. Web developers who are building applications that interact with the client-side and require input from the end user will also benefit from this program.

HTML5 has a huge amount of features, giving marketers the freedom to create spectacular rich content. And the courses are completely online offering you flexibility and a rich learning experience.  Please visit us online to learn more.

Business of Craft Brewing

July 10, 4:30 - 6:30pm

Join us for an inside look at one of Portland’s exciting new craft brewers and PSU’s new program on the craft brewing business.

Mellie Pullman, designer of the Craft Brewing Certificate Program and Willamette Industries Professor
Mike Wright, Owner/Brewer, The Commons Brewery

One drink ticket per guest will be provided compliments of The Commons Brewery. This is a 21+ event. 

Doing Business in Brazil
June 20, 7:15 am (breakfast)
The promise and peril of an emerging market. Panelists include: Altair Assumpcao, Claudia Valderma and Tim Myers. In partnership with the School of Business Administration and the Portland Business Alliance. Read more...

PSU Summer Session
Ever thought of exploring a new field, accelerating your degree or going abroad for the summer? PSU Summer Session offers a full schedule and classes begin June 24. Read more...

Digital Marketing Strategies Breakfast
Save the date - Aug 13 - for our DMS bi-monthly breakfast. Led by DMS instructor Siouxsie Jennett, our breakfasts cover new and engaging topics in digital marketing. Register now

Creating a social profile
September 12, 1:30 - 4:30pm
Did you miss our free May presentation? Due to popular demand, we'll be running it again in September. For more information and to RSVP, please visit us online.

Leading Transitions Workshop
October 22, 1:00 - 4:30pm
Facilitated by Paul Spindel, this popular workshop is aimed at assisting you with all the things life has thrown at you lately, including how to deal with change, identifying values and boundaries to assist you in decision making, and creating a vision of what you would like your life to look like. RSVP

Contact us

Tricia Carey
Assistant Director,
Digital Strategies

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