FAQ

Can I just take one course if that is all I want to do?

Yes. If all you want to take is one of the classes being offering in the certification program that is perfectly fine. You can take as few or as many as you like. The only requirement for most of the classes is that you have at least an associates degree or at least two years of work experience.

Do I need to call UMSL to get approval to take a class?

No. If you have at least an associates degree or at least two years of work experience, then you have meet the requiremens for the certification classes. If you are in doubt, then feel free to contact the program coordinator Thomas O’Connell or the program director Professor Perry Drake. They will be more than happy to assist you.

Must I take the classes in the order you are offering them?

No. Again you can take any class you want at any time as long as you meet the requirements listed for the classes. You can print out a schedule of all the courses here

Must I send in my resume for approval?

No. You only need to contact the program coordinator or director if you do not meet the minimum requirements for the program.

Where are the courses being held?

Courses are offered at two locations, at UMSL campus and at the West County Computer Education Training Center (CETC). The CETC location is 12837 Flushing Meadows Dr. St. Louis, MO 63131. View a list of all the courses here.

If I have problems registering for a course, who do I contact?

Please contact Professor Perry Drake (the program director) and he will assist.  His email is: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. His phone is: (314) 516-6490.

Who do I contact if I have questions about the courses and the certification in general?

Professor Perry Drake is the program director. He is available anytime you need assistance or guidance. His email is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. His phone number is: (314) 516-6490.

What is the class cancellation policy?

Courses that do not meet a minimun number of students may be cancelled up to 48 hours prior the start of the class.  If you are coming from out of town for a given class, it is advised that you confirm with the program director Professor Perry D. Drake to ensure the class will be running.  You may contact him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling 314-256-6490. 

Is there financial assistance offered for these courses?

The Workforce Investment Act governed by the Workforce Investment Board distributes funds through the UrbanForce program at the St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment (SLATE)

Will I receive credit for these courses?

These courses are offered as noncredit continuing education. However, these courses are offered for a grade. You are required to receive a “C” or better for all courses to receive certification. We are currently looking into creating a credit option. You can contact the program director for more information.

Can I just take the Digital Strategies class if that is all I want to take?

No. The Digital Strategies class is being offered as a Capstone class for certification. A student must complete all required course work in order to be eligible to take this course.

What is the refund policy for classes in this program?

Withdrawals: Students who wish to withdraw from, or for any reason find it impossible to complete, a continuing education course should officially withdraw. Requests to withdraw (drops only) from continuing education courses can be made by contacting the program director Professor Perry D. Drake at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or calling 314-516-6490.

Merely ceasing to attend a class does not constitute official withdrawal, nor does notification to the instructor. Cancellation of payment does not constitute withdrawal, nor does it reduce indebtedness to the University; in this case, a penalty of $25 for late payment and $10 for stop-payment (subject to change without notice) must be charged.

Refund Policy: Refunds are computed based on the date and time the notice of withdrawal is received by the program director.

Withdrawal does not necessarily entitle a student to a refund—nor to a cancellation of tuition still due.

The refund schedule is as follows.

For Digital Media Marketing Continuing Education courses:

1.     Withdrawl communicaton sent 48 hours prior to the first session = 100% refund.

2.     Student has attended any session of a one, two or three-day session course = no refund (no exceptions).

Financial Aid

The Workforce Investment Act governed by the Workforce Investment Board distributes funds through the UrbanForce program at the St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment (SLATE)