Community and Workforce Programs

As part of one of the nation's most recognized universities, Penn State Behrend is uniquely qualified to provide educational and outreach services to business, industry, and the community through its Office of Community and Workforce Programs (CWP).

We offer training for non-traditional students, including professional development for workforce professionals, customizable corporate training for companies, continuing education credits, and workshops for the plastics industry.

Project Management Programs

Boost your career with our Project Management courses! We offer everything from the basics to advanced certifications, including exam prep programs for the Certified Associate in Project Management and Project Management Professional exams; certificates in Project Management, Project Management Office Fundamentals, and Project Risk; and a Certified ScrumMaster® certification.

Students in the plastics lab.

Plastics Training Academy

Nationally accredited plastics technology institution? Check. Face-to-face instruction by industry experts? Check. Hands-on experience in a state-of-the-art plastics laboratory? Check. Skills that can be immediately applied in the workplace? Check. From injection molding principles to DOE to part design principles, your processes can be enhanced through seminars offered by the Plastics Training Academy at Penn State Behrend.

Penn State Behrend faculty member instructs Plastics Training Academy participants from regional industry.

Bridging Industry and Academia

Our office often serves as the liaison between industry and academia, bringing these two forces together to meet business and community needs through the college’s Open Lab model of learning and discovery. In the college’s Open Lab environment, students and faculty members work side by side with business and industry partners to explore ideas, advance technologies, and refine products and services. The goal is to reduce barriers between industry and academia, research and practice, and learning and doing, providing students with valuable hands-on learning experiences and delivering research, development, and design solutions to business and industry.