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The Office of Professional Development (OPD) is dedicated to the development and delivery of noncredit continuing education and professional development programs. OPD offers a wide variety of seminars/short courses, conferences, certificate programs and online and distance education opportunities for all kinds of professionals who want to enhance their skills and go further in their careers.

What People Are Saying


“Well worth the time spent to allow me to grow my knowledge base. I believe this will bring a lifetime of knowledge to share with others and pay back to my company with ideas and methods learned in class.”

– Louis Knoblock, Supervisor, Plant Operations, Harris Methodist Heb Hospital, Bedford, TX

“I feel that anyone involved with facilities engineering management should take these courses. This might sound strong, but these courses give you the tools to succeed.”

– Kevin Jett, Skilled Group Leader, Toyota Motor, Georgetown, KY

“This class has changed my entire mindset. Efficiency is a primary factor in all aspects of my business–no matter what systems or deliverable: customer satisfaction, installation, QA, troubleshooting, performance, etc.”

– Terry Wells, Engineer, NIEHS/NIH, Research Triangle Park, NC

“This course provided me with methods and systems that I can use to increase my effectiveness on the job.”

– Martin Howard, Vice President, David Allen Company, Raleigh, NC

“This course was very helpful for me. I feel it has improved my skills in the workplace and in my personal situations.”

– Kim Light, Chief Dosimetrist, Duke Medical Center, Durham, NC

“Awesome! I learned the tools necessary to excel in my role and provide valuable feedback to senior management.”

– Wendy Denton Arsenault, Vice President, Asset Management, Wachovia Bank, Charlotte, NC

“This class helped open my eyes to areas of responsibility that may have been overlooked if I did not have this class.”

– Richard Wright, Project Manager, NC Wildlife Resources Commission, Elizabeth City, NC

“This course has been helpful and intriguing for personal and professional insight.”

– Lucretia Chapman, Team Leader, Biogen Idec, Durham, NC


Additional testimonials can be accessed through the links below:

Center for Urban Affairs & Community Services | Customized Contractual Education | McKimmon Conference and Training Center | Osher Lifelong Learning Institute | The Collaborative | Technology Training Solutions | Upper Coastal Plain Learning Council