A partnership between MMG Insurance and the University of Maine at Presque Isle is gearing up for its 12th year of fast-paced, interactive learning.

The Young Professionals Institute, which UMPI’s Employer U program facilitates, is slated to be held from Feb. 27 to April 10 on Wednesdays.

YPI provides area employees with a one-of-a-kind professional development opportunity—a 7-week short course designed specifically for emerging leaders looking to refine the skills that will bring them long-term success in their careers.

Attendees get to hone their professional craft through hands-on activities, on-the-spot public speaking assignments, and business simulation exercises. The participants will also visit a local business to complete on-site assignments and hear presentations by embedded guests from the public and private sectors. The high point will be a showcase presentation before area business and community leaders and fellow YPI graduates.

The theme of this year’s Institute is Managing the Career Life Cycle, which will help participants identify and understand the successive phases of purposeful and effective leadership and how to apply it to both self-improvement and helping others to achieve career success.

There are only 16 seats available for YPI 12. Professionals interested in taking the course must submit their names for nomination or have their business employer nominate them. The nomination deadline is Monday, Jan. 28. Selections will be announced Thursday, Jan. 31. A $225 registration fee, paid by course participants or their business sponsors, is due by Friday, Feb. 15.

For more information about the short course, which is not being offered for academic credit, please visit www.umpi.edu/ypi or contact Kim Jones at (207) 768-9459 or kimberly.a.jones@maine.edu.