Professional Development Center

About the Professional Development Center

The Professional Development Center provides a wide range of employee training and training-related services to individuals and organizations in Westchester County and portions of Putnam.

  • Our charter:  Our charter is to help both individuals and organizations grow and become more successful in ways that are most appropriate for them.  We offer classes at your organization’s facilities, in classrooms at our locations, or online.  Programs include customized training and training-related services; courses for entrepreneurs; selected credit programs for new careers; public computer classes; and business classes.
  • Our clients:  We serve both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations, as well as municipalities and government agencies.    Our clients range from small businesses and associations to major, multi-location corporations.  Whether you have your own training facility and simply need complementary support or whether you want to outsource these services because they are not core to your activities, we can play a significant role.

Practical, real-life training

In our programs, we duplicate typical, challenging, real-life business experiences that participants encounter so that they can apply what they learn back on the job.  Results can be realized in the short term while providing lasting benefits for the organization and the employee.

Articles and Whitepapers
Community College-Business Partnerships:  “People are often surprised to learn about the ways in which employers are now partnering with community colleges to help their employees keep their skills up to date or re-train for higher-level jobs in their organizations.” READ MORE...

Tech Businesses Partner with Community Colleges: “Businesses today are partnering with community colleges to meet their training and education needs.”  READ MORE…

Green Partnerships Between Businesses and Community Colleges: “As we move toward a greener economy and the use of clean energy, we have an opportunity for communities and regional employers to maximize available resources and for community colleges to respond by designing programs to meet the new workforce needs of green/sustainable businesses.”  READ MORE…

Here are comments from some of our clients:

“We had the pleasure to work with the Professional Development Center, which provided over 85 classes in Microsoft Office applications.  We are very grateful for all the assistance they provided in planning the courses and their flexibility in scheduling class times to meet the needs of a 24/7 industry. The instruction was of the highest quality and helped to increase the skill and confidence of our workforce.  The benefit of having a technologically skilled workforce improves our ability to deliver quality healthcare to the community.”

Phyllis Vonderheide, MS, RN, BC
Director Service Excellence & Educational Resources
Phelps Memorial Hospital Center
Sleepy Hollow, NY

“At Regeneron, we are passionate about everything we do, and we love to see our training partners so enthusiastic about their role in serving our needs.    We have worked with the Professional Development Center since 2005.  They have helped us develop our team’s skills and readiness to contribute during a period of rapid growth.

They offer a full range of programs, and training-related and business consulting services that have been tailored to our way of doing business.  Training has included 3-day mini-MBA programs to help our scientists and others build business acumen; the Microsoft Office suite of applications; English as a Second Language in the workplace; Presentation Skills; and Business Writing Skills.

We value the collaborative relationship we’ve established over the years.”

Fred Polirer, Associate Director HR, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Contact us for more information on how we can help with your training needs

Westchester Community College offers a number of pathways to help you prepare for a new career! You can get the skills and knowledge you need by enrolling in a non-credit program, or earn college credits through one of our degree or certificate programs. Perhaps you are not sure what people do or how much money they earn in certain careers? Would you like to know how many jobs are predicted to be available in a particular industry? Or maybe you are unsure whether receiving a non-credit career certification or license would be right for you? Go to to explore a variety of career opportunities, their associated job descriptions, and salary and employment trends. Complete a career assessment for additional guidance. Still not sure? Visit for more career resources and contacts.