Corporate and Professional Development Center

Corporate and Professional Development (CPD) connects business and industry to the resources and experience at Ferris State University.

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Consulting/Applied Research

Corporate and Professional Development can offer a multitude of consulting services. The Corporate & Professional Development Center provides field tested personnel to assist business, industry and the professions in problem solving of many types.

CPD's association with the College of Engineering Technology affords an ideal environment for applied research and development.  CPD can assist in transforming research into product commercialization.  Professors with extensive industry background, students eager to apply their learning, and computer/laboratory resources can assist you in areas such as design, product/process development, testing, etc. 

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.  See our Heavy Equipment Institute for information on our spring - summer courses.

Manufacturing Institute

The Manufacturing Institute is an outreach training program provided through Ferris State University that targets today's industry needs.  Open Registration courses integrate learning and practice to effectively build knowledge and skills for manufacturing professionals at any level.  See our Manufacturing Institute for information on our spring-summer courses.  If you don't see a topic relevant to your organization or employees - contact us and let us know. 

Mini MBA

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.  Sessions 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 validate employee knowledge and skill levels.
  • A positive culture that rewards achievement, motivation, and loyalty of your most valued employees.

Additional Services

As a conduit for services at Ferris State University, the Corporate and Professional Development Center can provide services that span the resources of the University. Contact us to explore your consulting, collaboration, or other needs.  CPD frequently partners with MiWorks, the MEDC, the MMA (Michigan Manufactures Associations) and other organizations. 

Corporate and Professional Development

1020 Maple St. CPD 101, Big Rapids, MI  49307
Phone:  231-591-5811, or Email:

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