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The Office of Professional & Executive Development (OPED)

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Professional Development Series for the Business Community

Brought to you by The UCCS College of Business and Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado

The UCCS College of Business provides high-level, non-degree programs through the Office of Professional & Executive  Development (OPED).  Programs are led by a mix of UCCS College of Business faculty and industry experts.  OPED offers two options for training:  Open Enrollment programs for individuals and Custom Programs for businesses and organizations.  Typical training programs are between two to five days in length in order to provide big impact without a large demand for time.  

We invite you to click on the images above to learn more about Open Enrollment and Custom Programs to find the best fit for you and your organization. 

Open Enrollment Programs

  • Cybersecurity for Nonprofits :: Why There is no Silver Bullet imageAll users of an organization's information systems should be aware of the risks involving cybersecurity threats and their role in reducing those risks for the benefit of the organization. This two-part, 8-hour training program, customized for leaders and staff members of nonprofit organizations, will include up-to-date topics as well as actions that can be taken to protect your important information systems assets.
  • Marketing to Millennial Customers imageThis 2-part series covers strategies for not just marketing to Millennials, but building long-term relationships with them as customers. The focus is on developing trust, understanding loyalty, and meeting the unique needs of this critical market.
  • Leading a Multi-Generational Workforce imageThis 3-part series will examine the differences in what motivates different workplace generations and how to develop a basic plan to bring the workplace generations together. Sessions will explore a strategic approach to building a multi-generational workforce ready for long-range challenges.
  • April 5, 2017UCCS Mini-MBA
    UCCS Mini-MBA imageThe UCCS Mini-MBA offers professionals the opportunity to learn broad business concepts and skills in a relatively short timeframe -- perfect for gaining business essentials while balancing work and personal commitments. This non-degree 13-week program is for working or transitioning professionals who aspire to deliver more value to an organization by developing their business acumen and learning how to immediately apply gained knowledge and skills.
  • Surviving and Thriving in Your Workplace Environment imageIt can be challenging to survive and thrive in a workplace environment where you are one of the few in the Millennial generation. This two-part series is for employees and business leaders who are in the Millennial generation and may be underrepresented, or 'outnumbered' in their workplace.
  • Managing & Writing Federal Proposals - Colorado Springs imageOPED has partnered with respected industry leader Shipley Associates to offer this 4-day interactive professional development program in Colorado Springs, Colorado to teach proposal managers the elements of proposal management and proposal writing.
  • Managing & Writing Federal Proposals - Denver imageOPED has partnered with respected industry leader Shipley Associates to offer this 4-day interactive professional development program in Denver, Colorado to teach proposal managers the elements of proposal management and proposal writing.

About Custom Programs

A custom program is professional development training designed for executives and employees within a single organization.  OPED staff and faculty partner with organizations to co-design, develop and deliver programs tailored to meet your specific business priorities and goals.

Custom programs are designed and delivered to a specific audience within a single organization, keeping discussions and outcomes confidential to selected participants in training sessions.  Open enrollment programs are industry-specific public training programs with attendees from different organizations. 

Custom programs provide the opportunity to develop and train your executives and professionals in a private setting.  OPED works with you to customize topics, content and materials to specifically meet your needs.  Your organization selects participants, timing of delivery and preferred location.

OPED faculty and staff work with you to co-design training programs based on your business goals and priorities.  To meet these goals, OPED can design unique offerings in both functional and cross-functional areas of business.  For a listing of areas and topics, please see the Custom Programs page.


Your organization will have access to top UCCS College of Business faculty and customized program content.  OPED's internationally recognized faculty use both research-based knowledge and industry experience in order to create highly applicable learning experiences.

OPED custom programs can be held at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs campus in Colorado, on-site at your organization, or at a location/venue of your choice.  

Since OPED custom programs are tailored for your organization and are not "canned" programs, pricing depends on length of time, location, and number of participants.

To learn more about custom programs, contact OPED director Shawna Rogers to schedule a time to discuss your specific needs, the custom program process, and how OPED can provide value to your organization through customized training.  Contact Us/Request Info


OPED Articles & Publications

  • UCCS executive training program ready to broaden its reach imageFor two years, an executive training program in the College of Business at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs has been quietly offering its services. Now, the Office of Professional and Executive Development is ready to market its training and development services to a wider audience.
  • UCCS offers close-to-home job training imageOPED is one of the many ways the College of Business is a resource to the business community. Employees remain local, dollars remain local, and companies have the opportunity get directly involved in program development.
  • Vertical Market Strategy: The Case of an Executive Education Startup in a Medium-Sized Business School imageThis paper provides an account of a vertical market go-to-market strategy that has been used by an executive education startup in the College of Business at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs titled the “Office of Professional & Executive Development".