Professional Development Academy
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Andres and Alexander are proud to share what they learned during the Professional Development Academy at the culminating Showcase event!
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FBI Special Agent/Recruiter Cymbaluk speaks to the Professional Development Academy and shares her expertise in the field
The Professional Development Academy is an eight-week intensive program designed to help you develop knowledge and skills for career readiness and success. The Academy will offer you the opportunity to explore critical professional competencies identified by employers

Academy Dates

Date: February 1 – April 12 (Wednesdays)
Time: 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Location: Toppel Career Center


PDAcademy is open to rising seniors and juniors who are interested in dominating the job market! All majors are welcome to apply. You must be able to attend all eight sessions to be selected as part of the academy class.

Program Benefits:

As a participant, you will receive the following:

  • 1-credit transcript notation
  • Certificate of completion
  • Networking opportunities with employers who recruit ‘Canes
  • Opportunities for personalized industry connections

Application Instructions:

Applications for the Spring 2017 Professional Development Academy class are now open. Interested students must apply online by January 22, 2017, at 11:59pm.

All questions regarding the Academy should be sent to Carly Smith at or (305) 284-5451.

Program Curriculum:

Communication Proficiency

Share thoughts and ideas in an effective manner. Communication proficiency explores both written and verbal capacities. Additionally, this area explores the digital realm of electronic communications.

Thinking & Reasoning Proficiency

The ability to analyze, synthesize, and apply gathered information to solve problems and make decisions. This proficiency is developed both in and outside of the classroom. Additionally, the ability to apply ethical decision making is critical in the workplace.

Workplace Professionalism Proficiency

Prepares students with the basic needs to enter a global workforce. The workplace professional proficiency reviews entry level business knowledge, personal brand, and culture in the workplace. This proficiency also empowers individuals to see, shape, and benefit from their professional identities.