Corporate and Professional Development Center

Corporate and Professional Development (CPD) connects business and industry to the resources and experience at Ferris State University. Learn more about our services:

Going PRO Talent Funds

Formerly known as the Skilled Trades Training Fund, the Going PRO Talent Funds  program provides competitive awards to employers for training leading to increased employee productivity, and increased competitiveness of Michigan businesses. CPD is a longtime training partner with Michigan Works!, business, and industries statewide.

Corporate Training

CPD delivers business and industry clients effective workforce development tailored to meet their specific needs.  With a resource base that spans Ferris State University, CPD offers wide-ranging employee development services that includes both focused, individualized training courses and comprehensive employee development strategies.  CPD uses only well qualified instructors to carry forward the Ferris philosophy of practical and applied learning into the workplace.  Training can be delivered on-site, on-campus, or through other creative formats. 

Heavy Equipment Institute

The Heavy Equipment Institute is an outreach training program provided through Ferris State University.  These open registration courses deliver effective hands-on training for those working in the trucking and heavy equipment industries. 

Manufacturing Institute

The Manufacturing Institute is an outreach training program provided through Ferris State University that targets today's industry needs.  These courses integrate learning and practice to effectively build knowledge and skills for manufacturing professionals at any level. 

Mini MBA Management Development Program

The Mini MBA Management and Leadership Development program is ideal for business professionals who seek to effectively refresh their skills and knowledge in current management and Leadership practices.  The Mini MBA will also provide employees, whose talents have promoted them into a management track, an applied understanding of business concepts and practices that can help them succeed as leaders.  Experienced College of Business faculty will lead your participants through this comprehensive and highly customizable program.  Session can be delivered through on-site, on-campus, or mix formats utilizing internet based technologies. 

Workforce Development Strategies

A comprehensive workforce development plan affords a growth strategy for your employees.  The benefits of a sound corporate plan include:

  • A documented map aligned to develop employee talent that maximize your company's strengths.
  • A description of the knowledge and skill levels required for each position.
  • Directions and means for employees to access education and achieve advancement.
  • Defensible assessments that rewards achievement, motivation, and loyalty of your most valued employees.