Greetings from JMU’s Professional & Continuing Education!

Melissa LubinIn these challenging times, staying connected to each other is more important than ever. In PCE, the relationships we establish and nurture--both within our university and throughout the communities we engage with—are the essence of what we do. Through collaborative partnerships, intentional and innovative programming and economic engagement initiatives, we seek to live out our mission: to respond to individual, business, and community needs through transformative educational programs and experiences. My hope is that a story will resonate within you and inspire you to participate with us in a new and meaningful way. 


Melissa M. Lubin, Ph.D. - Dean, Professional & Continuing Education and Chief Economic Engagement Officer

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