Training Pathways to Professional Success Program Kicks Off This Week

Duquesne’s Training Pathways to Professional Success provides professional development training for the University’s most valuable resource—its employees. Initially launched in 2018, the program has been updated for 2019 based on feedback. Participants may choose from several new and current courses from this flexible approach to employee professional development.

“There is such a great value with internal training,” said Dana Whatley Smith, manager of learning and development in the Office of Human Resources. “When internal training is done well, it pinpoints the exact knowledge and skills that participants need to be successful in their jobs.”

This year’s offerings include the following features:

  • New 2019 courses in effective presentation skills, project management and more
  • Popular current courses are still available
  • Free training for most in-person classes and online courses
  • Flexible instructor-led and online (on-demand or live webinar) training
  • Ability to customize learning by taking needed classes only.

Trainings feature red or blue tracks. The Red Pathway training is for administrative support staff and non-managers and the Blue Pathway training is for supervisors and managers. While completing all Pathway courses is not required, employees who do so within the two-year timeframe will earn a certificate of completion and attend a recognition event.

Duquesne is committed to providing employees with learning opportunities to sustain and enhance their professional growth. For a full listing of available trainings, go to or register for an upcoming training through MyLead via DORI.

For more information on program requirements, please contact Dana Whatley Smith via email ( or by phone at 412.396.5774.