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Southern Oregon University

What kind of workforce training does your office need? How will you ready yourself for the next professional challenge? SOU provides both you and your staff with opportunities for professional development. Many university classes are available to community members to attend as “non-admitted students”; call 552-6899 for information on registration or use the Non-admitted Student Enrollment Form [PDF]. Beyond our degree programs, we offer classes and short workshops with an emphasis on practical application and immediate effectiveness. Click on the header for more information:

  • Business Start-up and Development
    For entrepreneurs who are thinking about starting a business or for those existing businesses that are looking to develop and prosper, these workshops and classes will provide essential education and training. Choose from classroom formats or online learning, all of which are taught by experienced business professionals.
  • Computer Skills
    These classes are well organized and entertaining! They are "hands on", with great hand-outs to remind you of the skills you've learned. You'll be amazed at how much you can learn in each of these feature packed sessions.
  • Professional Development for Business Leaders
    For business leaders with a bachelor’s degree, one- and two-credit short courses offer immediately applicable new skills along with the opportunity to network with other professionals from across the region.
  • Professional Development for Counselors and Psychologists
    Workshops offered by the Psychology Department tap talented faculty and guest lecturers to keep your skills sharp and your knowledge current. Meets NBCC standards for continuing education.
  • Professional Development for Teachers
    Keep your license current with classes from the SOU School of Education! No need to be admitted to a degree program to take advantage of your local university.
  • Online classes
    An amazing array of non-credit continuing education is available through our partnership with Ed2Go. From grant writing to web page design, writing to business administration, these six-week courses start mid-month each month and offer the total flexibility of attending class from your own computer desk.
  • Workshops For Your Staff
    Looking for high quality training that produces real results? Two- or three-hour workshops taught by SOU faculty can give your staff the working skills to make you more efficient and effective.

Because our professional development programs are focused on serving the southern Oregon / northern California region, we are always interested in designing new courses to meet your professional and organizational needs. Please let us know how SOU can best meet your workforce development needs: email dce@sou.edu with your suggestions.

For more continuing education programs, visit the web pages of our sister institutions – Oregon State University and Rogue Community College.