Just because you’ve finished your degree doesn’t mean you have to stop learning and growing with PLU. Stay connected with a community that espouses lifelong learning through Continuing Education.

Building on long-standing programming for nurses and educators through the Center for Continued Nursing Learning and Partnerships & Professional Development, the Center for Graduate and Continuing Education is developing programs for working professionals in all industries to gain new skills and explore potential new career paths. Read on to learn about new programming and discounts available for PLU alums. Click “Join Our Mailing List” to request more information and stay in the loop or propose a course in your area of expertise.

Courses and Certificates

Continuing Education at PLU serves the university’s mission by developing and executing continuing education and lifelong learning opportunities for industry professionals and community members in collaboration with academic departments and institutional partners. The Certificate in Maritime Management is a prime example of this approach and programming.

Designed with input from the Port of Tacoma, other shipping and logistics companies, and PLU’s School of Business, this course addresses the specific needs of an important local industry. Participants tour the Port of Tacoma and gain vital knowledge about maritime law and regulation, applied management theory, and vessel and terminal operations. As is the case with all programming in Continuing Education, course sessions are led by experts in the field – including Macmillan-Piper CEO, Mark Miller.

The Certificate in Maritime Management has been offered twice in 2016 with participants ranging from logistics professionals to teachers and maritime enthusiasts, with another offering due in early 2017. PLU alumni receive a special discount on the program. Enter the code MM-ALUM at registration and receive $70 off standard course tuition.  Discounts are also available for organizations who want to send multiple employees through the course.

Workshops and Events


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Continuing Education also provides opportunities for people to make connections and dig into a topic for an evening or a weekend. Music Industry Careers: In Conversation and In Concert combines an evening of live performance and artist interviews with a networking mixer. Attendees hear from and interact with music industry professionals to learn the industry’s intersection with everything from art and design to math and sociology.

In Maximizing Your Impact with Social Media, participants learn how to use social media in a professional and ethical manner. The one-day workshop overviews the social media landscape and several case studies on their effective use.  Each participant crafts their goals for using social media, identifies a target audience, and then designs a basic strategy for reaching that audience through the appropriate channels. PLU alum Cathy (Britt) Morris (‘07) guides participants using her experience as the Digital Communications Manager at the Burke Museum in Seattle and the lessons learned through her degrees in Communication and Digital Media.

Online Courses

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Are you interested in taking classes but can’t make it to campus? Online courses through PLU’s new partnership with CampusCE Online can help you develop or hone skills in areas like grant-writing, writing skills, team development, and HR management skills. These lower-cost courses give you the flexibility to work on classes where and when you want, but still have the support of an expert course mentor for feedback and guidance.

Proposals and Future Courses

Continuing Education seeks new and innovating programming from subject matter experts in all industries – including PLU alumni, community members, and current PLU staff and faculty.  Proposals for events, workshops, and courses are accepted online year-round.  Future workshops and courses currently under consideration include film and video production (from SOAC’s Dr. Robert Wells), project management, and screenwriting.