Help your employees level up their knowledge, skills, and abilities with training tailored to your needs and schedule.
Help Employees Develop New Skills
Improve Retention and Recruitment
When businesses and organizations invest in employee training, employees can grow their skills and pursue professional goals while integrating new knowledge and skills into their day-to-day work responsibilities.
UW Tacoma’s Professional Development Center offers a variety of courses, workshops, webinars and consulting services that give you the tools you need to provide excellent continuing education opportunities for your employees. Our professional instructors have invaluable experience providing customized programming to public and private sector organizations with a wide range of needs and objectives.
The UW Tacoma PDC can provide contract-based versions of our current programs and workshops, as well as fully customized offerings tailored specifically to your staff and organizational needs.
Training your team as a team can boost cohesion and give everyone a common language. Most of our open enrollment courses, workshops, and programs can be delivered in-house for your organization. Minor customizations may also be available to make the experience as relevant for you as possible.
Case Study: Public Agency Process Improvement
For nearly 20 years, public agencies in Washington State have trusted the Professional Development Center to provide Lean Six Sigma Green Belt training to their teams. PDC Instructors bring our standard 40-hour course "in-house" virtually or in-person, customizing the schedule, project teams, and examples to best meet the agency's needs.
Courses available as out-of-the-box trainings include but are not limited to:
Our instructors are also able to deliver selections from larger courses as standalone workshops or as guest speakers.
Customizations & Consulting
Interested in a topic but don't see it on our current list of offerings? Is there a project our instructors can lend their expertise to? Reach out! We can collaborate with you on training, consulting work, or a combination of services that will help you achieve your goals.
Case Study: Building Capacity and Filling Gaps
When an international bio-medical company’s continuous improvement team saw the interest in training and project assistance spike beyond their internal capacity, they turned to the Professional Development Center. For almost two years, instructors from the PDC’s Lean Six Sigma program have collaborated with the team in a number of ways: delivering trainings on their own or in partnership with organization staff, contributing to content updates and revisions, and providing coaching and support to teams conducting process improvement projects.
Case Study: Performance Measurement Consulting
PDC instructor Brian Willett is a recognized expert in performance measurement, particularly in the public sector. In Fall 2022 and Winter 2023, Brian worked with a small management team at a state agency on training and coaching to support the development of performance metrics and an associated dashboard.
Customized Training and Consulting Service Topics
Below is a small sample of the topics for which our instructors can provide customized trainings and/or consulting services. We are happy to help you craft your idea into a worthwhile program and, if necessary, conduct a needs assessment to ensure it is as succesful as possible.
Trauma-Informed Conflict Resolution
Lean Agile Methods
Ready to make an impact? Bring our programs to your training room today. We will work with you to find the perfect match of faculty and content to meet your customized programming needs!
Central Kitsap School District
City of Puyallup
City of Redmond
City of Renton
City of Sammamish
City of Tacoma
City of Vancouver
City of Yakima
Clark County Waste Management
Costco General Services Administration (GSA)
Judson Park College of Intellectual Inspiration
King County Wastewater Treatment Division
Pierce County Department of Public Works
Pierce Transit Prepared Response
Reliable Enterprises Tacoma Housing Authority
Tacoma Public Schools The Boeing Company
University of Alaska Anchorage
WA State Auditors Office
WA State Department of Health
WA State Department of Labor and Industries
WA State Department of Licensing
WA State Department of Personnel WA State Department of Transportation, Olympic Region
WA State Department of Retirement Services
WA State DSHS WA State Health Care Authority
WA State Liquor and Cannabis Board WA State Traffic Safety Commission
Washington State Patrol