News and Events

Cyber Security Symposium - March 15, 2017

Saint Louis University’s 8th Annual Cyber Security Symposium was a huge success! The Symposium drew nearly 400 attendees from more than 110 different companies. Thank you to our amazing speakers for sharing their knowledge and insight about cyber security's changing landscape! Some of the topics that were discussed were RFID Hacking Your Way to the DarkNet, What Do You Do When Your App Is Hacked, The Darkweb – Security Threats and Players, and a live hacking simulation was demonstrated. SLU's School for Professional Studies and Workforce Center would like to thank all of our sponsors: World Wide Technology, Edward Jones, Service Now, St. Louis Cardinals, SpearTip, RSA, Netsurion, AT&T and Bandura Systems - without them, this event wouldn’t be possible. We look forward to another successful Symposium next year!


Saint Louis University partners with EdAssist

Saint Louis University has partnered with EdAssist to offer reduced tuition rates and enhanced access to the University’s online degree and training options to more than 120 corporate employers nationwide. The reduced tuition rates are currently available for fully online bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in the School for Professional Studies as well as training and certification programs through SLU’s Center for Workforce and Organizational Development. Read more...

Past Events

SharePoint Saturday - January 21, 2017

Saint Louis University’s Workforce Center hosted SharePoint Saturday St. Louis on January 21st.  100+ attendees attended multiple content tracts, including: end user, developer, architect, administrator, and special interest.
If you are interested in SharePoint, check out our upcoming SharePoint Classes!

Gateway to CyberCity - November 17, 2016

Gateway to CyberCity is the premier collaboration and networking event for IT professionals in the community. Event proceeds benefitted STEM, technology startups and the technology needs of local organizations in the Saint Louis area.


GlobalHack VI - October 21 - 23, 2016

GlobalHack VI brought together hundreds of participants from around the world to solve a single civic technology problem centered around homelessness. Over the course of an entire weekend, teams attempted to solve the issue by building software solutions. Over $1 million cash prizes were awarded to the top teams. The most promising prototypes generated throughout the event received a $250,000 follow-on fund to market their idea. For more information...

DevUp Conference - October 20 - 22, 2016

The DevUp Conference, formerly known as St. Louis Days of .NET, was a huge success. New changes for 2016 brought several enhancements including half day workshops, information sessions organized by topic and the Thursday precompilers. If you were not able to attend in 2016, make sure to mark your calendars for 2017!

SecureWorld - October 18 - 19, 2016

SecureWorld provided attendees access to some of the best cybersecurity minds and practitioners in the field while delivering top-notch education and training!

DRI Collegiate Conferences - September 15, 2016

This professional-level engagement explored interdisciplinary and thought-provoking presentations by subject-matter experts in business continuity, risk management and related disciplines. The diverse program covered topics from aligning with ISO in a non-regulated environment to planning for non-predictable events. For more information...

SQL Saturday - September 10, 2016

With over 100 attendees and 25+ break out sessions, SQLSaturday was a huge success. SQLSaturday is a training event for SQL Server professionals and those wanting to learn about SQL Server. Topics covered subjects on every skill level, from beginner to expert. For more information...

July Certificate Ceremony - July 26, 2016

The Center for Workforce and Organizational Development honored over 65 students who completed their 60-hour and 90-hour certificates on Tuesday, July 26th. Certificate programs provide working professionals the opportunity to advance both their skills and careers with certifications and hands-on training in specialized areas. This summer, we awarded certificates in the following programs: Project Management, Microsoft Office, Programming with .NET, Cyber Security, and Exceptional Leadership. The Workforce Center will continue to expand course offerings, including offering a variety of courses eligible for college credit, virtual training and online, self-paced classes.


SharePoint Saturday - May 21, 2016

SharePoint Saturday was a successful event! With over 70 participants, the Workforce Center was filled with a diverse group of individuals. Attendees had the opportunity to attend more than 15 sessions and hands-on labs and network with sponsors for the event, including the event host Covenant Technology Partners.

Exceptional Leadership Program Participants Honored at Graduation Ceremony - April 22, 2016

Twenty-four staff members from Saint Louis University earned recognition for the completion of the University's Exceptional Leadership Program on Friday, April 22nd. The Exceptional Leadership Program provides development opportunities to staff in leadership roles at SLU. The program was developed through collaboration between the School for Professional Studies, Center for Workforce and Organizational Development and the Division of Human Resources. It consists of 12 modules covering three main areas: Leading Self, Leading Others and Leading Organizations. Through these modules, the program participants develop skills to foster a culture to both support and take actions needed to reinforce the University's mission and identity. SLU Newslink Article.

Cyber Security Symposium - March 10, 2016

The School for Professional Studies hosted its seventh annual Cyber Security Symposium on March 10 in the Busch Student Center. More than 300 industry professionals and students - representing 140 diverse companies and organizations - were in attendance, making the event the largest in the school's history.
The Cyber Security Symposium featured two keynote speakers, Adam Levin, author of Swiped: How to Protect Yourself in a World Full of Scammers, Phishers and Identity Thieves, and Chad Adams, a cyber security advisor for the Department of Homeland Security.
The event also included several breakout sessions exploring cyber crime and an innovation and networking fair with data and security companies showcasing their latest technology. The event wrapped up with a panel discussion about the future of cyber security and the role of law enforcement in keeping information safe online. Speakers represented a wide range of industries and backgrounds, including the Department of Homeland Security, Edward Jones, MasterCard, Worldwide Technology and AT&T.


SPS Trivia Night - November 6, 2015

Join Saint Louis University alumni, students and supporters for our annual Trivia Night on Friday, November 6. This isn’t just any Trivia Night—proceeds go toward scholarships for adult students at SLU’s School for Professional Studies. Grab your friends and get a table for one memorable night, all for a good cause! And as if trivia wasn’t fun enough, amazing silent and live auction items will be available throughout the night. Sign up your table today and find out if you’re smarter than a Billiken! Free Parking is available in the Laclede garage (located at Grand and Laclede).


Silver Linings Conference - October 30th, 2015

The Silver Linings Conference, hosted by the Center for Workforce and Organizational Development on October 30th, gathered over 50 attendees interested in DevOps, Dev and Ops. The conference was driven by local technologists with a mission for industry experts to educate and collaborate with their peers about their experiences and challenges in this field. Breakout sessions were held to help one excel in their career, step outside of their normal "box" and learn to collaborate effectively with others in different fields. Great presentations, discussions and the overall positive energy throughout the day forecasts success for next year's conference! 

A Microsoft representative demonstrating the Surface Pro 4.

Featured Instructor

March Featured Instructor

Clarence Johnson is an experienced and dynamic IT trainer and consultant at SLU's Workforce Center. Students all over the St. Louis area and beyond enjoy taking his classes and often request him for additional training. Clarence is able to connect with his students because he is able to communicate Cyber Security and Networking subjects in a clear and interesting way. He also is able to provide hands-on training in a variety of areas, an ability that stems from his experience as a computer/network engineer. Clarence has experience in the following areas: multiple operating systems (UNIX, Linux,  and Windows), programming languages (C,PERL, PHP, Python, and UNIX SHELL), network equipment (Cisco, 3COM, and HP), networking protocols (TCP/IP, IPX, DecNET and AppleTalk) and emerging technologies. Currently, Clarence is the Manager of Information Security – Cybersecurity/Incident Response at SSM Health. Clarence has over 25 years of experience as a computer/network engineer with many Fortune 500 companies including Edward Jones, Scottrade, AT&T, Emerson Electric and his own firm, Johnson Computer Technologies. Although Clarence has worn many IT hats for the past 8 years, his primary focus is IT Security. Clarence has degrees in Electrical Engineering, and Business and is certified in many disciplines including: CISSP, CISM, CISA, CRISC, CEH, Security+, CCNA, RHCE, Linux+, and Cloud. In 2011 Clarence won the National ARIN Fellowship award where he represented the United States.

February Featured Instructor

Cheryl Roth is an instructor and IT Training Coordinator for SLU's Workforce Center. She teaches Project Management and Business Analysis as well as Database, Business Intelligence and Analytics courses, including Trans-act SQL, PL/SQL, Pig and Hive, R Programming and Tableau. She has over twenty years of experience in course development, delivery of IT training seminars, and consulting services. Cheryl is an excellent instructor! She is able to communicate to her students difficult concepts at all levels and provide instruction needed to understand and succeed in any area of study. Cheryl also has a knack for developing learning plans that will benefit her students both now and in the future. Cheryl Roth is President of the Roth Group. The Roth Group has successfully provided IT and professional development training seminars nationally and internationally for the last 20+ years. Cheryl and her group have written and delivered hundreds of classes, focusing for the last several years on Big Data, Business Intelligence and Analytics, Security, .NET, databases, web application development, business analysis and project management. In addition, Cheryl is a Project Management Professional (PMP) and holds variety of other industry certifications.

January Featured Instructor

Patti Venturella is an instructor who teaches a variety of classes at SLU‘s Workforce Center. Her specialties are technical classes, such as C# and C++, Web Development, Adobe and Microsoft Office Applications. While she is very talented inside the classroom, one of her greatest qualities is her ability to connect to students on a personal and professional level. She builds relationships with her students which allow her to understand their perspectives and how to make class materials relevant and applicable in their daily lives.
Patti is a professional Software Developer and Business Productivity Specialist with more than 25 years experience as an IT Trainer and IT Consultant. After graduating from University of Missouri at Rolla with a BS in Computer Engineering, her professional career blossomed in a variety of industries, including: education, manufacturing, retail and medicine. Currently, Patti is a Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Expert and holds a certificate in Healthcare IT.