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USD's New Center for Professional Development Announces Spring 2020 Course Schedule

students listen intently looking towards the front of a room where the instructor is speaking during a CPD course. The USD Center for Professional Development offers 14 courses this spring covering topics such as communication, management, leadership and human resources.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The newly expanded University of South Dakota Center for Professional Development (CPD) is tripling its offering of courses this spring, filling a crucial workforce development role in a region tackling staff shortage challenges amid low unemployment.

Located on USD’s Community College for Sioux Falls campus, the center is offering a catalog of 14 professional development courses covering such pertinent topics as communication, management, leadership and human resources.

“With fewer qualified people from which to draw, proactive companies make the wise choice to invest in developing the employees they have now,” said Linda Halliburton, the center’s associate dean. “And strong employees make the decision to demonstrate to their CEOs that they are committed to their professional development.”

The USD Center for Professional Development, an evolution of USD’s commitment to professional development in the Sioux Falls area, is guided by an advisory committee of more than two-dozen leaders from some of the area’s best-known organizations. It draws instructors from across the region’s universities and businesses who are experienced experts in their fields and care about helping Sioux Falls grow and succeed.

The center provides courses in a variety of formats designed to fit the schedules of busy professionals. Most classes are one- or two-day offerings taught on campus at 4801 N Career Ave., but the USD Center for Professional Development can bring any course onsite to organizations and businesses.

For more information on the courses and instructors, visit


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Hanna DeLange
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