ADAPT Program

Administrative Development and Professional Training Program

ADAPT Program Seal-LogoIn 2021, the Office of the President and the Office of Human Resources began developing a program specially designed to provide professional development opportunities to the administrative professionals on campus. This program, dubbed ADAPT (Administrative Development and Professional Training) aims to enhance those skills that support employee development as well as Frostburg State University’s strategic plan while developing new skills that meet the demands of successful department management.
See what one past participant has to say

"This program is a must for any administrative professional. I learned so much about the impact of my role, how to manage my health, how to lead from behind, and so very much more! This program has everything you need to propel yourself and your career development. I am so thankful for my wonderful experience as a Cohort 2023 member. Highly recommend!"
-Jesse Puffenberger, Administrative Assistant II, Department of Educational Professions

Group of First ADAPT Students
First ADAPT Students

Program Design

ADAPT is designed to allow participants to develop and enhance skills within a cohort of up to 8 participants representing different departments across the university. The cohort design allows participants to interact with their colleagues. It is the goal of the program to create a community of learning where participants can build professional relationships and make a meaningful contribution to their careers.

Throughout 9-months of both in-person and online learning, participants will focus on 3 phases of education:

  • Phase 1: Enhancing Your Value (Hard and Soft Skills)
  • Phase 2: Embracing Efficiency (FSU Core)
  • Phase 2: Leadership Foundations (Lead, Mentor, Succeed)

In these 24 sessions, participants focus on the following objectives:

  • Organizational Knowledge: To gain knowledge about university policies and systems.
  • Competency Building and Strengthening: To develop and refine skills.
  • Promote Self-Awareness: To promote awareness of one’s own personality, values, work styles and strengths.
  • Professional Development: To provide skills that enhance job performance and personal growth.

Eligible Candidates

Any employee of Frostburg State University in an administrative role (e.g., Executive Administrative Assistant, Administrative Assistant, Program Management Specialist, Office Clerk, etc.) is welcome to apply to the ADAPT Program. Priority entry will be given to those in regular status positions; however, we encourage any employees in contractual administrative roles to apply.


If you would like to help contribute to the professional development of the Administrative Professionals who proudly serve FSU's faculty, staff, and students, please consider making a donation to the ADAPTable Fund. Visit our donation page and search “ADAPT” to contribute. All funds go directly to support content and materials for the program. Thank you for your support!