Professional and Continuing Education

Pawley Hall, Room 440G
456 Pioneer Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
(location map)
(248) 370-3177


PACE supports the Oakland University outreach mission. Using the expertise of OU Faculty, PACE partners with businesses to provide professional development coursework, workshops, and seminars for their employees. Similarly, PACE interfaces with both OU Faculty and organizations to provide community enrichment programs. You will find specific examples of our partner businesses and organizations highlighted below.

Older Persons' Commission

Oakland University and the Older Persons' Commission presents a series of lectures each semester on a wide range of topics. Lectures are taught by Oakland faculty and include areas of interest ranging from the latest research findings to the arts and popular culture. Lectures are open to the public! Call the OPC's ticket office at 248-608-0251 for more information.

2019 Lectures:

September 19, 2019 - History of OU and Meadow Brook Farms - Dominique Daniel, Associate Professor, Kresge Library,Coordinator of Archives and Special Collections

October 18, 2019 - Laughing Away Stress - Terry Dibble, Special Lecturer and Clinical Instructor, School of Health Sciences

November 8, 2019 - The Past, Present, and Future of Infectious Diseases - Fabia Battistuzzi, Ph.D - Astrobiologist and evolutionary biologist 

OU's Business Accelerators
Oakland University's PACE program also reaches the community and builds impactful relationships via the entrepreneurial businesses supported via  OU INC  and MACOMB INCubator.

Corporate Partners
Companies that PACE has worked with in the past include:
  • Merrill Lynch
  • UBS
  • Children's Hospital
  • Crittenton Hospital
  • China Bridge
  • Daimler Chrysler
  • Pontiac General Hospital
  • Oakland Schools
  • Oakland Press
  • Twenty First Century Media
  • SL America 
  • General Motors
  • St. Joseph Mercy Hospitals
  • Macomb, Wayne and Oakland Counties
  • SAIC, U.S.A
  • Yanfeng U.S.A.
  • ABB
  • Digital First Media

Smart Towns

Smart Towns is a community lifelong learning program led by educational organizations in Rochester, Rochester Hills, and Oakland Township, Michigan. The Smart Towns ‘partners’ work together to provide a unique series of programs exploring one theme for one year. Presentations, which are free and open to the public, are given by experts who explore the theme in different ways.

The Smart Towns programs are offered from January - November at all partner locations: Ascension Crittenton Hospital, Meadow Brook Hall, Oakland University, Rochester College, Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm, and Rochester Hills Public Library. Visit the Smart Towns website for information on all upcoming lectures: 

2019 Oakland University Smart Towns Lectures

Date: September 19th, 2019 7-8:30PM
SpeakerDavid Kidger Associate Professor of Musicology
Topic: Beethoven's 250 Anniversary: Comparing 19th Century and Modern Conceptions of Musical Genius
Location: Rochester Hills Public Library
Visit the Smart Towns Website for more information!