Center for Innovation and Professional Development

Achieve Your Professional Education and Training Goals

马会论坛鈥檚 Center for Innovation and Professional Development advances, promotes, coordinates and supports a wide range of collaborative and consultative projects, programs and partnerships in the public and private sectors.

If you are seeking to learn new skills, change careers or enhance your marketability we have the on-demand classes that fit your learning needs.

100% Online

All of our classes are online, taught by professionals who are leaders in their field. Complete your training at home on your time.


Professional training and industry certification preparation in online courses suited to your needs. Military assistance is also available.

Flexible Training

Courses run from six weeks to 12 months. Classes are instructor-led or self-paced to complete your professional program.

The Center for Innovation and Professional Development focuses on three key areas: non-credit custom solutions, continuing education courses, and workshops and seminars. We develop and present education and training opportunities for our global partners, provide ongoing training efforts designed to sharpen skills, and we offer seminars for employees to train and grow.

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Online Career Training and Credentialing Programs

ed2goThe Center offers a wide range of highly interactive courses that you can take entirely online through our educational partner, ed2go. All our courses are led by expert instructors, many of whom are nationally known authors. Our online courses are affordable, relevant and convenient.

Join the Growing Field of Information Technology

According to the , employment of information security analysts is projected to grow 32% from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations.

Demand for information security analysts is expected to be very high, as these analysts will be needed to create innovative solutions to prevent hackers from stealing critical information or causing problems for computer networks.

Now is the best time to enter the world of cyber security. Start your new career in Information Training, or increase your professional knowledge with our online courses.

IT Credential Courses

CompTia Security Plus

CompTIA鈩 Security+ Training

Gain the skills you need to be a security professional, and prepare to take the CompTIA鈩 Security+ certification SY0-501 exam, as you master the basics of system security, network infrastructure, access control, and organizational security.

CompTia Network+

CompTIA鈩 Network+ Training

This 100% online course will teach you to configure, manage and troubleshoot hard-wired and wireless IT networks.

CompTia A+

CompTIA鈩 A+ Training

CompTIA鈩 A+ Certification is vendor neutral and internationally recognized, giving you a competitive advantage no matter what country you're working in and what hardware you're working with.

AWS Systems Operations

AWS System Operations Certification Training

This 100% online course provides a comprehensive overview of AWS and will fully prepare you to sit for the AWS Certified SysOps Administrator.

CISM Course

Certified Information Security Manager (CISM)

The foundations of information system security to prepare you to become a Certified Information Security Manager (CISM).


Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)

The foundations of information system security to prepare you to become a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).

CompTia Linux

CompTIA鈩 Linux+ Certification Training

This Linux training course covers operating, maintaining, and troubleshooting Linux operating systems in a systems administrator role.

CompTia Cloud Certification

CompTIA鈩 Cloud+ Certification Training

This 100% online course will teach you key concepts and skills required to build, maintain and optimize cloud infrastructure services.

Make a Difference in the Medical Support Field

Medical support personnel provide record keeping, office staff, and technical support. Because we have an aging population, most careers in medical support are predicted to increase.

If you excel at detail work, enjoy helping people, or are interested in a viable home business, then a career in the medical support services may be for you. The working environment of medical support personnel is as varied as the jobs themselves. Some work in offices alongside doctors and nurses. Some work in hospitals. Others work in privately owned businesses. And still others work from home, setting up their own businesses to provide these services.

Medical Credential Courses

Medical Billing and Coding

Medical Billing and Coding

Medical billers and coders are in high demand. This course offers valuable training in legal, ethical, and regulatory concepts central to this field, including HIPAA compliance, official coding guidelines, and third-party payer requirements.

Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA)

Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA)

The 100% online course will prepare you to work as a Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA), designated by the National Healthcare Career Association (NHA).

Optician Certification

Optician Certification

American Board of Opticianry (ABO) certification is the nationally recognized standard for certifying an optician's qualifications. This 100% online course will teach you the terminology, calculations, and procedures opticians use to assess vision, evaluate corrective options and correct optical problems.

Pharmacy Technician

Pharmacy Technician

Upon completion of this course, you will be prepared to sit for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE), offered by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB). This course also includes a voucher which covers the fee of the exam.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes. Complete the course with the required passing rate and receive a certificate of completion from our University.

No, this is not a degree program. However, our courses will complement many classes, or help you transition into the workforce with training in nationally recognized programs.

You could qualify for financial assistance through your employer or third-party providers. Also, make sure to check out the military spouse program.

Courses are taught by instructors who are leaders in their fields and University professors who understand the needs of professionals and small business owners.

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Innovative Non-Credit Professional Development Courses

马会论坛's Center for Innovation and Professional Development (CIPD) is designed to develop, promote, coordinate, and support a wide range of collaborative and consultative projects, programs, and partnerships in the public and private sectors. The Center enables 马会论坛 to develop innovative non-credit and programs and initiatives beyond its traditional for-credit programs, courses and markets.

The Center has partnered with ed2go to provide a catalog of course offerings that range in length of time commitment and can be instructor-led or self-paced. Topics include business, computer applications and information technology, test preparation, health and fitness, and more.

Workshops and Seminars

The Center offers ongoing seminars for your employees to train and grow their skills. Developed by our staff or training partners, these courses are usually held at one of 马会论坛's campuses around the country.

Center for Innovation and Professional Development

Joe Roberts

Joe Roberts, PhD


Joe Roberts received his PhD from the University of Chicago. He is chair of the Management Department and also serves as director of the Entrepreneurship program. His work includes presenting entrepreneurship and innovation workshops and seminars in China, Taiwan, Russia, Germany, Mexico, Canada, Estonia, Finland and India.

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