Professional Development Center

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Welcome to the PDC

What We Do

The Professional Development Studies (PRO) department was formed in Fall of 1999 to house short, credit-based workplace training classes. The department now has fifty-nine short courses, two full-time faculty members and works with about ten adjunct faculty members. The Professional Development Center markets its PRO courses to the local Santa Barbara business community. Most of the classes are conducted at the client's site. The PDC provides training to all employees of the City of Santa Barbara.

The center has had a partnership with the County of Santa Barbara Employees' University since 1999, and awards PRO course credit for training delivered at their facility. In addition, the PDC offers short, credit-based Microsoft computer applications training and has a newly renovated state-of-the-art computer lab at the Wake Center. The PDC also coordinated credit vocational ESL conversation classes for Bacara Resort & Spa, The Four Seasons Biltmore, Cottage Health Systems, UCSB Housing & Residential Services and the City of Santa Barbara. In the fall of 2008, the PDC started providing three levels of Occupation Spanish classes for the City of Santa Barbara.


Dr. Melissa V. Moreno
Vice President, School of Extended Learning

Corlei Prieto
Adult Education Block Grant Coordinator

Grace Twedt
Administrative Assistant, III

Jeanette Chian
Associate Director, School of Extended Learning
Career Skills Institute/Vitality

Emma L Cruz
Administrative Assistant I

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