Become a Leader at GM:
Retail Professional Development Program

Finding the right learning and career development opportunities can be daunting. We’ve simplified that for you.

Whether you work at GM corporate or in a dealership, our innovative Center of Learning in partnership with Northwood University will help you go further in your career. We’ve made sure of that in creating our unique Retail Professional Development Program.



With multiple, GM-exclusive development opportunities — ranging from an advanced learning courses to bachelor and master’s degree programs — you’ll get on the right track for developing into a future GM leader.

By completing the courses right for you, you’ll accelerate your career and enhance the value of your dealership or corporate division. It’s a winning opportunity for everyone.

As you study, you’ll review case studies and tackle assignments specific to dealerships and the automotive industry. Plus, you’ll learn from professors with real-life automotive industry experience — ones who may have followed a career path similar to the one you are on now.

Upon completion, you may receive degree credit for dealership experience and Center of Learning training as well as a written summary of your work experience. You also may be able to earn up to 30 credits through a Prior Learning Assessment.


Course Offerings

Each course and degree program features a tailored curriculum designed to engage and challenge you. Plus, you’ll be able to apply what you learn in the classroom at work now, not only after you finish the course or degree.

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Our Retail Professional Development program allows you to select a tailored approach that helps you meet your professional goals. Whether you want to develop specialized skills or earn a degree, we offer the right mix of educational opportunities with direct application to the retail automotive environment.

More on the Partnership: GM Center of Learning and Northwood University

The Center of Learning chose Northwood University as its educational partner because of the institution's longstanding, unique focus on business and automotive marketing/management education. Over the years, more than 2,500 Northwood University graduates have gone on to work in automotive retail positions.

The university's long history with automotive retail management gives its academic specialists the ability to understand the industry and customize a program specific to the needs of GM team members, dealerships and future industry leaders. Coursework always has a real-world focus and can be used immediately in the workplace, providing value starting at Day 1.

Northwood University also boasts a long tradition of fostering strong relationships and support for the automotive industry as a whole, including the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA), the National Independent Automobile Dealers Association (NIADA), NCM Associates and the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA). Such immersion in the field makes Northwood University an ideal educational partner for GM.