Find Short-Term Training

Are you ready to get started in a high-demand career where there are lots of opportunities?  Or are you looking for short-term training to improve your skills?  Select any area you are interested in to learn about training for careers that are in demand and require a year or less of training.  You will also find skills training that will help you in your job search.

To explore a complete list of the programs Minnesota State offers, visit the campus and program search.  If you are not sure what you want to do, make a career plan.  

Agriculture and Natural Resources

Train to operate farm equipment, supervise landscaping work, work as a veterinary assistant, or manage natural resources.

Computers and Technology

Gain computer skills and knowledge.  Find training to start your IT career as a computer user support specialist and more.


Would you like to build or maintain highways, bridges, houses, or buildings?

Health Care

Would you like to get paid for taking care of others?


Are you good at working with your hands? Can you figure out how a machine works?

Marketing and Sales

Start your career in sales.  Gain valuable marketing skills.

Office and Support Careers

Start a career in business, finance, or education with these short-term training programs.  

Public Safety and Corrections

Find training to become an EMT, paramedic, firefighter, or corrections officer. Also, find first aid and CPR training.


Get a CDL license to become a bus or truck driver. Or find training as an auto, bus, or truck mechanic.


Get started in telecommunications, energy, or wastewater management.

Help us Understand Your Job-Seeking Experiences. Take a Short Survey.

Minnesota State is seeking volunteers to respond to a survey, which may include providing private information under state and Federal law. Your responses are confidential, and the goal of the survey is to understand your job-seeking experiences, challenges, and unmet needs for supports. The survey is being conducted by an independent research team at UW-Whitewater and has been reviewed and approved by the UWW Institutional Review Board (IRB-FY2021-2022-23). 

*By filling out this form you are providing information which may be private data under Minnesota law. Minnesota State will use the information you provide in this form to contact you about your inquiries regarding the Minnesota Skill Up project only, and for internal business purposes as allowed by law, and not for any other purpose unless required by law or Board policy.