Professional Growth and Enrichment

Professional Development Programs

Certified Nonprofit Professional


Nonprofit Professional

Broaden your skill set, understanding, and application of nonprofit management and best practices. Enroll in any of the upcoming courses, complete all eight to receive the CPN Certification. Offered both onsite and online, all eight courses will be available on an annual basis.

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Event Planning


Event Planning

Earning a certificate in Event Planning will expose you to the many different facets of being an event planner from managing people and projects to increasing exposure and dollars for your organization.

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Human Resources, Communication, Management, and Finance Workshops


Human Resources

One-day and half-day workshops offered in Asheville and Cullowhee for human resources professionals, administrators, supervisors and managers, and finance professionals. WCU offers continuing education units (CEUs) and is an approved provider for SHRM-PDC and NASBA CPE credits.

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Contract Negotiations, Liability, and Risk Factors in Event Planning


Contract Negotiations

In this one-day workshop participants will learn about the importance of contracts in event planning and compliance with federal, state, and local laws. Key issues will be addressed related to working with other organizations and how to guard against legal matters related to fundraising, liability, finances and other potential risks.

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Retirement Planning Today


Retirement Planning

You went to school to prepare for your career. Now it’s time to prepare for your retirement. This course is designed to teach you how to build wealth and align your money with your values to accomplish your goals in life. Whether you plan to retire 20 years from now or have just recently retired, the information you learn in this class can deliver rewards throughout your lifetime. 

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Certificate Programs


Professional Development

The certificates in Event Planning, Digital Marketing and Public Relations, and the Customer Service Train-the-Trainer Program help prepare professionals to be more productive and successful in their jobs. The training programs are also a great way to develop more experience for people who have new job responsibilities or are transitioning to a new career.

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Pharmacy Technician Program


Pharmacy Technician Program

This program prepares you to pursue your certification and enter the field as a Pharmacy Technician. With the constant availability of new drugs, a national shortage of pharmacists, as well as the aging population more and more technicians are being employed to meet our nation's growing health care demands.

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Medicare Alphabet Soup for Outpatient Rehabilitation Practices: Navigating the Medicare Maze


Medicare for Outpatient Rehabilitation

Learn how to navigate the Medicare maze. Medicare is an ever-changing landscape for outpatient physical therapists and this course, updated for 2017 & 2018 regulations, will provide a clear understanding of the Medicare rules and regulations for outpatient physical and occupational therapy.

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Crisis Communication Planning and Response


Crisis Communication

Crises are a fact of life. Regardless of the type of organization, we are all at risk. Natural disasters occur unexpectedly and wreak havoc. This hands-on workshop will explore the key principles of effective crisis communication, leadership imperative, crisis communication plans and more.

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Teacher Education


Teacher Trainings

These online courses for continuing education credit and teacher training are offered in partnership with Ed2Go as well as Western Carolina University's Faculty. Professional Development, Short Courses and Graduate Programs are all available.

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Online Career Training


Online Career Training

These self-paced, ninety-day, certificate courses allow students to be paired with an instructor for one-on-one assistance. These courses are provided in partnership with Gatlin Educational Services.  

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Online Courses


Ed2Go Online Courses

In cooperation with Ed2Go, a national provider of online instruction, these online courses are offered on a monthly basis and cover a wide variety of skills and board interests. 

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