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At SPCS, we want to help you advance your career. While we offer a number of undergraduate and graduate degrees for just that purpose, we also offer a wide range of noncredit learning opportunities — many offered online through partners — that you can take for professional development.

We’ve collected learning opportunities from our noncredit areas of study and certificate programs to demonstrate how you might combine and sequence programs to prepare you for promotion or shifting to a different career or profession.

Professional Goal: Open a Restaurant

What We'd Recommend

Start by building up your cooking skills and a repertoire of delicious recipes. Pick up some training in the food service industry and in supervising and managing employees, then think about how you’ll decorate your restaurant.

Culinary Arts Certificate

Hands-on cooking classes for anyone interested in taking their cooking skills to the next level.

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Baking & Pastry Arts Certificate

Hands-on cooking classes for anyone interested improving baking and pastry skills.

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Food Service Mgmt Certificate

Lecture-based classes for anyone interested in honing their management skills in the food industry.

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Interior Decorating Certificate

Classes designed to cover the practice and business of interior decorating, applicable to home and workplace environments.

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Supervision & Leadership Certificate

Certificate course provides information and methods for new and experienced supervisors and managers.

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Professional Goal: Manage or Improve a Nonprofit Organization

What We'd Recommend

Start at the Institute on Philanthropy for training in nonprofit leadership and development. Earn certificates in marketing for nonprofits and fund development, then extend your knowledge with certificates in grant writing and management and planned giving. Then consider a graduate degree in nonprofit studies.

Nonprofit Marketing Certificate

Week-long program focused on developing and improving marketing strategies and tactics for nonprofit organizations.

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Fund Development Certificate

Week-long program focused on fundraising and development strategies and tactics for nonprofit organizations.

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Grant Writing Certificate

Week-long program for nonprofit leaders and staff members focused on writing proposals and managing grants.

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Planned Giving Certificate

Week-long program for nonprofits focused specifically on developing and improving planned giving campaigns and gifts.

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Graduate Nonprofit Studies

Earn a graduate credential to prepare you to lead and management a nonprofit organization.

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Professional Goal: Open a Brewpub

What We'd Recommend

Start with our Beer Brewer Professional Certificate to learn the art and science of beer brewing, then build your cooking skills with a culinary arts certificate. Learn about about managing a food service establishment and its employees, then about effective customer service.

Beer Brewer Professional CertificateCovers the entire craft brewing business, from procuring materials through distributing final products. Learn More
Culinary Arts Certificate

Hands-on cooking classes for anyone interested in taking their cooking skills to the next level.

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Food Service Mgmt Certificate

Lecture-based classes for anyone interested in honing their management skills in the food industry.

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Supervision & Leadership Certificate

Certificate course provides information and methods for new and experienced supervisors and managers.

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Customer ServiceOur customer service classes are designed for everyone who works with people, from frontliners to executives. Learn More

Professional Goal: Start a Catering Business

What We'd Recommend

Start with cooking essentials and be sure you’re ready for prepare food for large numbers. Get Serv-Safe certified with food service training, then learn about wedding and event planning and marketing your new business online.

Culinary Arts Certificate

Hands-on cooking classes for anyone interested in taking their cooking skills to the next level.

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Baking & Pastry Arts Certificate

Hands-on cooking classes for anyone interested improving baking and pastry skills.

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Food Service Mgmt Certificate

Lecture-based classes for anyone interested in honing their management skills in the food industry.

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Event & Wedding Planning

Classes address business organization, logistics, networking, and client relationship management skills.

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eMarketing Essentials Certificate

Classes cover foundational yet advanced introduction to eMarketing for any type of organization.

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Professional Goal: Improve Technology Skills & Network Security

What We'd Recommend

Start with a certificate in IT security, then look into cyber defense with an ethical hacker certificate. Take some of our software- , process- and platform-specific technology courses, then consider a post-bachelor’s certificate in information security or information systems.

IT Security Essentials Certificate

Addresses knowledge and functional competencies required to work in the fields of information security.

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Computing & Technology Programs

Beginner and intermediate/advanced level courses and programs on software titles and computing platforms.

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Ethical Hacker Certificate

Introduces and teaches ethical hacking or penetration (pen) testing.

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Information Security Certificate

Continuing education for IT professionals to protect networks, systems and architecture.

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Information Systems Certificate

Continuing education for IT professionals in programming, databases, web development and networking.

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Professional Goal: Open a Local, Sustainable Brewery or Distillery

What We'd Recommend

Start with our Beer Brewer Professional Certificate, then add certificates in permaculture design, green supply chain management, food service management & social media management to get your brewery operating and noticed.

Beer Brewer Professional CertificateCovers the entire craft brewing business, from procuring materials through distributing final products. Learn More
Permaculture Design Certificate

Applying natural design patterns and principles to human endeavors, focused on sustainable and local practices.

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Sustainability Programs

Consider green supply chain management or maintain sustainability in the workplace.

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Food Service Mgmt Certificate

Lecture-based classes for anyone interested in honing their management skills in the food industry.

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Social Media Management

Manage social media platforms or accounts, and learn to use social media for targeted promotions.

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