The University of Minnesota Duluth’sContinuing Education (UMDCE) department has moved downtown and become part of UMD’s Center for Economic Development (UMDCED).

With the move from campus, the Continuing Education department became a program within the Center for Economic Development, a hub for entrepreneurs and business owners in Duluth’s Technology Village.  

“We are delighted to welcome the Continuing Education staff into the Center for Economic Development and the Labovitz School of Business and Economics during this transition,” Labovitz School of Business and Economics Dean Amy B. Hietapelto said in a written announcement. “We look forward to exploring more synergistic and innovative opportunities for faculty and staff to work closely with Continuing Education to meet the ongoing training and development programmatic needs of our region.”

The integration is designed, in part, to strengthen the missions of both organizations.

“Merging these two units creates synergies among the professional training, workshops, and economic development missions of CE and CED,” said Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Fernando Delgado. “The efficiencies gained by the merger are thus both fiscally prudent and a strong platform for serving the region in a comprehensive way.” 

Redundancies in courses offered by the two units will be eliminated.

Another benefit of the move, said Roxanne Richards, director of Continuing Education, is that her program is better able to accommodate its customers.  

"The realignment of Continuing Education with the Center for Economic Development is a very positive move for us. It offers greater visibility in the downtown business community and provides us with onsite classroom space for our workshops," she said in a news release.  

Elaine S. Hansen, director of UMDCED, said the inclusion of Continuing Education amplifies community work.

“With Continuing Education becoming part of CED, our ability to provide advanced learning and training opportunities are greatly enhanced,” Hansen said.

The Center for Economic Development offers business consulting, economic feasibility research and experiential learning through the student-to-business Initiative where student teams work with businesses on a business topic.