Graduate School USA is celebrating 95 years of service to government. Since the beginning, our focus has been on developing individuals and making government more efficient and effective.
The first U.S. organization created to provide continuing professional education to the federal community, we opened our doors in October 1921 as the USDA Graduate School. We were established by the Secretary of Agriculture with the express purpose of offering professional development courses for USDA scientists, but our scope quickly expanded. Over the years, the School has grown to serve state and local governments; international organizations; the private sector; the contracting community; nonprofits; the military; and individuals seeking career change or advancement.
Shortly before our 90th anniversary, the School moved from our parent agency to become an independent, nonprofit organization known as Graduate School USA.
The world has changed since 1921, and Graduate School USA has changed with it. Still, we continue to contribute to the strengthening of public service and to empower individual learners and the communities they live and work in.