Aerial view of Edwards Campus

About Us

KU Lifelong & Professional Education (LPE) offers non-credit education and employee training and development across the Kansas City region, the state and the world. It operates the Kansas Fire & Rescue Training Institute (KFRTI), Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center (KLETC), Professional Programs and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. We are consistently establishing partnerships with local businesses, industries and governments.

Why Choose KU Lifelong & Professional Education?

Company executives, human resource managers and individuals have many options when it comes to continuing education, training and developing career-building skills. Thousands choose KU Professional & Continuing Education for the following reasons:

LPE’s Established Record of Success

KU Lifelong & Professional Education (LPE) is the third oldest continuing education unit in the world, established in 1891 to address the educational needs of working professionals without direct access to a college or university. More than 125 years and a few operating names later, KU Lifelong & Professional Education has evolved from a bold educational pioneer into a leading provider of professional education programming, workforce training and lifelong enrichment.

LPE’s Global Reach

We continue to grow our global training presence through programs in aerospace engineering. Our online options allow individuals and companies worldwide to take advantage of KU’s exceptional research-based training. And, our global reach includes sourcing instructors and presenters who are industry leaders, giving our participants the finest instruction available. Regionally, we partner with the Greater Kansas City Federal Executive Board to offer discounts to federal employees for selected programs.

LPE’s Flexibility

For more than a century, KU professional development has fulfilled the ever-changing needs of America’s workforce. That is only accomplished through our willingness to customize, adapt and create continuing education programs that are most relevant to companies and their employees. LPE has a central role in Kansas’s public safety through its management of the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center (KLETC) and the Kansas Fire & Rescue Training Institute (KFRTI).

LPE’s Responsiveness (quick to develop your program)

At KU Lifelong & Professional Education, we know business success won’t wait. That’s why we are quick to adapt your suggestions and ideas. We create customized, relevant employee development and training programs for businesses and industries in the Kansas City metropolitan area, across the country and around the world. Near home, we’ve grown up with our Kansas City area friends by developing educational programming geared just for the older adult through our Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. The steady growth of enrollments in Osher demonstrates LPE’s commitment to these seniors. LPE recently developed new programming in executive leadership, data analytics, coding and cybersecurity.

KU Lifelong & Professional Education Services

Our multi-faceted role at KU honors our University Extension heritage while blazing exciting new pathways within the 21st century’s rapidly changing educational landscape. LPE services include:

LPE People Make the Difference

No great organization is great without the people who pour their hearts and souls into making a difference and that’s what you’ll find at KU Lifelong & Professional Education.

LPE’s Home on the Edwards Campus

Nestled in the heart of Overland Park, Kansas, Edwards Campus has been providing KU-quality education to working professionals since 1993.

Our Mission: The mission of the KU Edwards Campus is to bring high-quality education programs to serve diverse workforce, economic and community needs with particular focus on the KC region. We provide lifelong education programs, research activities, and entrepreneurial initiatives that address present and future workforce needs and important community and state-wide problems.

Our Vision: Be the go-to partner for education, innovation, public service, and scholarship in the Kansas City area and beyond.

Our Values: Our work together as an Edwards Team is guided by our shared commitment to the values of Professionalism, Collaboration, Innovation and Diversity as we serve our students and other constituents.

Contact LPE for Effective Employee Training and Development Programs

When you need a responsive, flexible, high-quality employee training and development program that effectively meets the needs of your employees or your own professional goals, you can count on KU Lifelong & Professional Education. Contact us today for a no-obligation chat about your company’s needs or discover our variety of continuing education programming online. We are here to best meet your needs when, where and how you desire.

Learn More

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend University of Kansas sponsored events. If you require reasonable accommodation in order to participate in an event, please email or call 785-864-6779 at least four weeks before the first day of the event. Some events may require notice earlier than three weeks and require you to contact a specific individual; if so, that information is provided in the event-specific information.