Areas of Study

These areas of study represent focal points where the values of a liberal arts education express themselves in professional advancement and career enrichment activities. Our focus in developing our professional education programs is to align traditional educational training in the liberal arts — including critical thinking, entrepreneurial leadership, problem solving and communication — with the professional skills of the workplace.

From these areas of study we’ve collected test preparation coursework as well as coursework specifically designed for secondary school students. And in partnership with trusted online education provides, we offer an extensive catalog of online courses as well.

Programming Levels

In each area of focus, we’ve selected online and face-to-face classes and programs at exploration, skills building and professional levels. We use this framework to guide our ongoing program development in line with the needs of Richmond’s working professionals.

  • Career-curious and enrichment: Designed to explore a career or expand an interest
  • Career-level: Designed to build skills or shift to a new career
  • Professional-level: Designed to deepen or widen knowledge and experience

Programming Areas

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Arts & Design Includes the Interior Decorating Certificate
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Brewing Education Includes the Beer Brewer Professional program
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Communication & Writing Includes online Technical Writing program
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Data Analytics Includes Data Analytics Boot Camp
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Digital Marketing Includes the Customer Experience (CX) certificate
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IT, GIS & Coding Includes Coding & Cybersecurity Boot Camps and GIS Professional program
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Legal, Politics & Government Includes Campaign Management and Grassroots Advocacy programs
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Management & Administration Includes SHRM Learning System, Work Positive & PELS programs
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Nonprofit Management Includes the Institute on Philanthropy
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Personal Finance Includes the online CFP program
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Personal Wellness Includes Personal Training Certification programs
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Small & Home-Based Business Includes Home-Based Business Boot Camp
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Sustainability & Environment Includes Permaculture Design and Sustainability & Social Impact programs
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Teaching & Instruction Includes Partners in the Arts & Center for Leadership in Education