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ALVA Business Professional Development Certificate

The ALVA Business Professional Development Certificate is an intensive program designed to help you develop knowledge and skills for career readiness and success.

  • Build necessary workplace savvy
  • Form Valuable Connections with the Foster School
  • Extend your professional networks
  • Stand out to employers

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Online Application Due Monday March 6 before 5pm PST

The Alliances for Learning and Vision for Underrepresented Americans (ALVA) Business is an rigorous professional development certificate program for students of color from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds. The ALVA Professional Development Certificate is designed to train you in professional workplace skills that will benefit you for competitive internships and future professional employment. This model ensures that by completing the program, you will have received supplemental training applicable to the demands of the job market. The certificate will offer you the opportunity to explore critical professional competencies identified by employers.
ALVA Business is open to UW students interested in studying business. You must be able to attend all (4) Saturday sessions to be selected as part of the ALVA Business cohort. Workshop sessions are scheduled from 9:00 am—5:00 pm.

Workshop Dates:

MARCH 11
APRIL 22
MAY 13
JUNE 17

Application Process

ALVA Business students are selected through a competitive application process. Applicants will be evaluated based on the following:

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of a 3.0
  • Participation in all ALVA Professional Development Workshops
  • Leadership experience & activities
Online Applications Due Monday March 6 before 5pm PST
Apply Now!

Alliances for Learning and Vision for Underrepresented Americans (ALVA) Business Professional Development Certificate program is sponsored by UW Foster School of Business Undergraduate Diversity Services, The Boeing Company, and Hitachi Consulting.

ALVA Contact Information
Christian Price
Program Manager
Undergraduate Diversity Services
UW Foster School of Business
202 Dempsey Hall, Box 353223
Seattle, WA 98195-3223
P: 206-221-0279
F: 206-616-8225
Email: cprice1@uw.edu