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Center for Professional Studies

In today’s rapidly changing world, opportunities abound, as do challenges. Drake's Center for Professional Studies can partner with you to provide professional learning experiences to enhance creativity, boost productivity, and influence overall organizational effectiveness.

The Center for Professional Studies is specially positioned to deliver a variety of highly effective learning programs for business, public, and nonprofit organizations. Our team works with you to identify areas for improvement and develop programs of study, then brings in Drake’s top faculty to share their expertise in a professional setting. Programs can be conducted on or off campus.

We can help you meet your enterprise goals through our:

Whether your needs touch a few employees, the whole enterprise, or you the individual, we welcome the opportunity to partner with you to reach your goals.

For more information, please contact the Director of Center for Professional Studies, Lance Noe, 515-271-2008,


Center for Professional Studies sponsors visit to unique urban factory

Graduate students and faculty of the Drake University MPA and MBA programs visited the unique "Gläserne Manufaktur" (transparent factory) located in the city center of Dresden, Germany.  Parts are shipped to the factory using light rail so as to mask any image of a traditional manufacturing facility.  This creates a factory within a residential and light retail environment unique to that of any other facility in Europe.

The factory is made of glass and metal and almost completely transparent.  Inside, the "Transparent Factory" sets new standards as a service center in which the production procedure is presented as an attraction.  Through individual service, customers are given the opportunity to observe the production of their vehicle at close range.  In this way, the emotional bonds between customer and brand are strengthened.

Learners also toured the factory and took in other sites in the historic City. 




DDR Museum visit sponsored by the Center for Professional Studies

Graduate students and faculty of the Drake University MPA and MBA programs visited the DDR Museum in Berlin, Germany while traveling abroad in March.  The DDR Museum is Berlin’s interactive museum and one of the most-visited attractions in the German capital.  Visitors learn about the history and daily life in the former DDR (GDR) communist regime.  The museum opened in 2006 and shows the particulars of everyday life in the GDR (German Democratic Republic).  The five most popular highlights are the Trabant, the authentic Plattenbau living room, a school satchel with school material including school reports and children’s exercise books, a cupboard full of authentic GDR clothing and the area dedicated to the Stasi.



March 17, 2015
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