Professional Development Center


for Tuesday
Feb. 20, 2018
at 2:22 p.m.

Classes at SPSCC in Lacey Cancelled:  UW Tacoma (Contract Mgmt.) evening classes at South Puget Sound Community College site in Lacey (Heritage Bank Center) have been cancelled as the site has closed for the day.

At this time, we have no plans to close or cancel classes today at the UW Tacoma campus or at other off-site locations in Tukwila and Everett. We will continue to monitor the weather and site conditions until 5:00 p.m. today.

Generally the UW Tacoma Professional Development Center makes a go/no go decision on a site by site basis when there is actual severe weather preventing travel and operations, not just a prediction it might happen. For off-campus locations, please contact the site directly to check their status. If the site is open, we will hold classes.

Meet the Instructors: Nathan Navarro, Lean Six Sigma

With Lean Six Sigma: Black Belt kicking off March 6 in Everett and March 19 at UW Tacoma, it's a good time to get to know the people behind the program. In our latest edition of Meet the Instructors, we talk to Black Belt instructor Nathan Navarro, whose continuous improvement career includes work with The Boeing Company and Seattle City Light. Click here to read Nathan's story.

Register Now for February Classes

Spring Term is right around the corner - but first, check out what we have to offer for February! From Contract Management to Leadership Essentials, we have programs for professionals of all types! Contact us today to get started at UW Tacoma. 

Master Your Craft
at UW Tacoma

UW Tacoma staff writer Eric Wilson-Edge sat down recently with our team to talk about Mastering Beer Styles and other craft beer courses at the Center. Read his story at the link below:

"The craft beer industry is big business. As of 2016 there were 334 craft breweries pumping millions of dollars into the Washington State economy. The growth has been rapid. Five years ago, there were only 136 craft breweries in Washington State. Despite the surge, breaking into this market can be difficult. Amateur enthusiasts face stiff competition and might not be well-versed in the specific challenges of the industry. The KeyBank Professional Development Center (PDC) at UW Tacoma has a plan to address these issues..." 

Read UW Tacoma's full feature on our program here. 

Read enough and want to get started? Contact a program manager today.

Congratulations 2017 Graduates!

Congratulations to our 2017 graduates who received their certificates June 22 at the UW Tacoma KeyBank Professional Development Center certificate ceremony! We recognized 55 students who received certificates from our Fundraising Management, Contract Management, Nonprofit Management, Certified Public Manager and Human Resources Management programs. 

We were honored to have you all as students, to recognize your achievements with the ceremony, and now to count you among our alumni. You are now officially eligible to join the UWAA. Become an annual member for just $30 (normally $50) or as a life member for $500 (normally $750) to receive the UWAA Grad Pack, containing your official UW Alumni license plate frame and a bundle of special savings. 

You can view and download your photos from graduation at this link.

Thank you, Class of 2017. And again, congratulations!

KeyBank PDC alumni uses experience to succeed at Seattle Goodwill

If you met her today, you’d have a hard time believing Rebekah Hand grew up in Florida. Now living in Fircrest, Wash., with her husband, three sons and their bulldog Mudge, Hand has all the characteristics of a native Pacific Northwesterner. She wishes she had more time for exploring the outdoors, but finds plenty of fulfillment keeping up with her family. And like most of us, she’s a big fan of Star Wars and local craft beer. Hand fits-in one other way, as well: she’s ambitious.

Despite having a good idea of what she wanted to do, Hand wasn’t sure how to get there. After nearly a decade in the retail world, switching fields seemed impossible. Even though Hand was skilled enough to receive several interviews for HR positions, she was never able to land a position. Deciding she needed something to help build the bridge over her career change, she started considering courses at the UW-Tacoma KeyBank Professional Development Center.

In 2014, while continuing her position as an associate store manager at Pottery Barn, Hand enrolled in the center’s Human Resources Management Certificate program. Delivered over nine months, this program is designed for the professional who want to either enter the field of HR or learn the advanced skills necessary to advance to the next level. Read the full story.

Meet the Instructors: Trevor Nichol, Mastering Beer Styles

Mastering Beer Styles: Exploration and Evaluation is the KeyBank PDC’s first venture into the world of craft beer. According to the Brewer’s Association, there are nearly 4,300 craft breweries operating in the U.S. That number is only growing, and Tacoma’s thriving beer culture is a testament to that. Looking to serve the growing body of craft beer professionals, this course is designed to take students on an exploration through the world of beer.

At the helm of the course’s first iteration is BJCP Master Judge Trevor Nichol. Nichol is an industry veteran, knows beer much better than anyone at The Center, and took some time recently to answer some of our questions. Read the full story.



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