New schedule at Professional Development Center

The KeyBank Professional Development Center is celebrating its second anniversary at the University of Washington, Tacoma,
with a new schedule of classes, workshops and certificate programs. The Center will continue its popular Community Leaders Forum, adding Columbia Banking Systems CEO Melanie Dressel to the lineup of respected local business leaders presenting workshops. In addition, the Center now offers nine-month certificate programs in human resources, fundraising, marketing and technology.

The full schedule is available online at
Highlights of upcoming programs and workshops include:

Professional Studies Certificate (Managerial Communications), Feb. 4 to Apr. 22. This program emphasizes communication skills that managers need to become more effective in their organization, including conflict resolution, communication and team-building. Participants who complete the entire series are eligible to earn a certificate in Professional Studies. Presented by Milgard School of Business Lecturer Evelyn Zent, Associate Professor Jill Purdy and former director Patricia Fandt.

Geographic Information Systems, Feb. 12 to May 7. Earn a non-credit credential in Geographic Information Systems with three Saturday workshops in ArcGIS. Learn the fundamentals of GIS, spatial analysis and more.

Community Leaders Forum, Feb. 17 to May 18. The series begins Feb. 17 with Dressel’s workshop, “Creating a Customer-Centric Environment.”

Mar. 10, Herb Simon, member of Simon Johnson, LLC, will present “Business and Civic Responsibility: Leadership in the Workplace.”

In April, Larry S. Kopp, managing member of Globe Capital, will present “The Stock Market: Methods to Apply.” Starting in May, Milgard Manufacturing co-founder Gary Milgard will again present three popular workshops on business management: “Perspectives on Leadership: The Milgard Philosophy,” “Customer Service the Milgard Way” and “Management Performance System.”

The Professional Development Center also offers certificate programs in fundraising, human resources, marketing, public relations, law enforcement, paralegal studies, computer programming and more. Visit the Web site for more information.

The January-June 2005 schedule is now available at UWT and online at For more information, contact Director Alice Dionne at (253) 692-4672 or