Working in information technology requires continued learning because of the rapid change. Writing and speaking are necessary skills. One often has to work to get people to cooperate. It is very helpful to know what convinces another that something of substance has been done.
The course offers participants an opportunity to develop. It involves gaining practice and becoming oriented to helpful habits.
Membership in a professional organization helps in keeping current. The Association for Computing Machinery or ACM and Computer Society (part of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers or IEEE but with membership in it available without joining the larger society) are two large and worthwhile organizations.