Continuing Education

Continuing Education

NMU provides opportunities for continuing your education in the areas of commercial driver's license (CDL), real estate appraisal, school bus drivers, motorcycle safety, social work, test preparation, online certifications, online cannabis studies, and more. CEWD offers online and in-person training and testing opportunities. 


Workforce Development at NMU

Workforce Development

NMU works with regional companies, entrepreneurs, schools and agencies, and industry to meet the current and future workforce needs of the Upper Peninsula and beyond.


Cybersecurity, UPCI at Northern Michigan University


The Upper Peninsula Cybersecurity Institute (UPCI) at NMU is the only facility of its kind in the U.P. and one of six statewide. The institute offers non-degree and industry credentials relevant to emerging careers in cybersecurity.

Upcoming Events

This two week training will be hands-on and taught by one of Northern Michigan University's certified Welding Instructors at the Jacobetti Complex Welding Lab. 

Training will include safety, power sources, equipment set-up including wire feeder, shielding glass, methods of transfer and electrode selection; equipment maintenance, welding with SMAW, solid wire, flux core, gas shielded flux core, troubleshooting common wire welding and finish welding problems burnback.

Starting on Monday, August 15, this training is FREE to eligible applicants through the Regional Innovation Talent Grant.  To check eligibility, please complete the application here and return to CEWD. 

If you have any questions, please call the NMU Continuing Education and Workforce Development department at (906)227-2103!

Intro to Wildland Fire Fighting


Now open to the public as an online, non-credit offering starting the Fall '22 semester. Take this class alongside NMU students.

Required training for all personnel seeking to become Wildland Firefighters under National Wildland Coordinating Group certification standards.

August 29 - December 17, 2022

Online Course with Instructor, Brian Henington

Cost: $899

Register Here



* New for the 2021-2022 season, we will be offering AM public sessions throughout the winter.

May 31 - June 24, 2022 - Monday through Friday, 8:00am - 4:00pm for 4 weeks

July 11 - August 5, 2022 - Monday through Friday, 8:00am - 4:00pm for 4 weeks

August 8 - September 2, 2022 - Monday through Friday, 8:00am - 4:00pm for 4 weeks

September 12 - October 14, 2022 - AM session only. Monday through Friday, 8:00am - 12:00pm for 5 weeks

October 17- November 18, 2022 - AM session only. Monday through Friday, 8:00am - 12:00pm for 5 weeks.

November 21 - December 16, 2022 - Monday through Friday, 8:00am - 4:00pm for 4 weeks

Choose one session.

*If you are interested in attending a CDL session, please call (906)227-2103 or email

NMU, Jacobetti Complex, Room 103, 2296 Sugarloaf Ave., Marquette

Register today for NMU Truck Driving School

Grief Support Specialist Program

The Grief Support Specialist Program is a non-credit certificate program through Continuing Education and Workforce Development at NMU. This program evolved from the Grief Specialist Program at UW-Madison.

This program is 8 weeks and online with asynchronous and synchronous components. Two weekend sessions are included. The course involves detailed lectures/instruction, illustrative case studies and client stories, facilitated discussions and activities as well a project phase where participants can design a project of importance to their employer or for their own personal development.

Register here or contact CEWD at (906)227-2103.


Dates are available for 2022!

See the schedule for a complete listing.

Additional classes may be added as available and approved.


Beginning - August 5 & 6, 2022 (Friday & Saturday) - Crystal Falls

Beginning - November 4 & 5, 2022 (Friday & Saturday) - Hancock

Beginning - February 3 & 4, 2022 (Friday & Saturday) - Marquette

See the schedule for a complete listing of classes

The Michigan Learning Channel is a relatively new statewide program from Michigan's PBS stations that offers high-quality distance learning resources to students, teachers, and families. This course will introduce the programming and content available on the platform, demonstrate how to accesses resources via television and on the website, and share MLC's plans to support learning initiatives throughout the school year, especially during out of school hours. 

The on-demand course is self-paced. You can register for it and complete it whenever is convenient for you. You will receive your SCECHs when you complete the course.

The course is approved for 1.5 SCECH hours and is $25.00 to attend. To register call (906)227-2103 today or email a completed registration form to 


The Schedule for the 2022 season is now available

Registrations opens one month before a class start date.



Northern Michigan University faculty have produced a series of free self-paced online educational modules on various topics related to the COVID-19 pandemic, ranging from scientific aspects to impacts to communities, businesses, and families.


Free & live online. For more information or to schedule a course, email

Workshop Series Titles:

  1. Self-Care for Workers: August 18, 2022

  2. Domestic Violence: Assessment and Safety Planning. September 16, 2022

  3. WEBINAR: Fostering Human Relationships: Techniques to Promote Positive Attachment & Bonding. September 23, 2022 - 10:00 - 11:00am 

  4. Fostering Positive Attachment in families with Infants and Young Children. November 17, 2022

  5. Substance Abuse – Providing Support to Families Struggling with Addiction. January 27, 2023 

All courses will be held via Zoom. 10:00am - 1:15pm EST unless otherwise noted.

All these trainings are primarily for social workers and other workers, who work with diverse populations with specific needs. Situations that involve child protection, foster care/adoption, domestic violence, mental health concerns, addiction, and all sorts of disabilities and other challenges people face in their daily lives. The workshops will provide a better understanding of what workers face often, such as secondary trauma, compassion fatigue, burnout, working with a diverse population, etc. On the other end, the training will offer opportunities for participants to look at the latest research in those areas, and practice some techniques of self care to improve their overall wellbeing. Lastly, the webinar aims at providing a safe space for participants to tackle issues relating to relationships (with supervisors, among colleagues, with clients and their families). Developing a trusting and respectful relationship is the key and building block of a positive workplace environment. It is hoped that participants will learn and use some effective tools and strategies in fostering a positive relationship in both their personal and work life. 

Register Here! 


Contact Information

University Business Hours

University business hours are 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. EST during the fall and winter semesters (late August through early May) and 7:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m. Monday - Friday during the summer (early May through mid-August).

Campus Location

Continuing Education & Workforce Development is located at 103 Jacobetti Complex, 2296 Sugarloaf Ave. The Jacobetti Complex is located on the Northside of campus. (See campus map.)

Mailing Address

Northern Michigan University, Continuing Education & Workforce Development, 1401 Presque Isle Avenue, Marquette, MI 49855.

Main (906) 227-2103

Fax (906) 227-2108

For Educators

Adult students require programs that deliver results specific to their professional needs with course schedules and delivery methods that allow participation outside the traditional semester format. Continuing Education’s goal is to provide these vitally important lifelong learning opportunities to individuals and groups in the Upper Peninsula and beyond.