Bemidji State University
 Optivation: A joint venture of Bemidji State University and Northwest Technical College

Bemidji State University

Optivation: A joint venture of Bemidji State University and Northwest Technical College

 Invest in yourself. Enhance your job skills by taking professional development courses. Learn a new skill, or maintain certifications and licensure through Optivation's continuing education classes.


Business & Management

Covers various aspects of effectively running a business or other organization.

Gillett Wellness Center

The Gillett Wellness Center, our intramural sports programs and our nationally recognized Outdoor Program Center are designed for your enjoyment and wellness year round. No matter what your fitness goals, we’re here to help you achieve them. Fitness and fun is yours for the taking.

Online Courses

Listing of online courses

Personal Enrichment

Unlike many of the courses we offer that are geared toward occupational skills, Personal Enrichment courses teach skills that you may find helpful in your personal life. Personal Enrichment courses can be educational, practical, or simply help you become a better person.

Special Events

Not classes, but one-time (often annual) events you won't want to miss. View this category to find the Northern Minnesota Safety Conference, Northwoods Writers Conference, and more.

Technology & Computer

Stay up to date when it comes to computers and other technologies with some of our tech courses.

Trades & Industry

Offering trade and industry specific training. Classes include Commercial Vehicle Recertification, Boiler Operator, and more.