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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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OSHA & Safety Programs for the Construction Industry

Construction worker

The OSHA 10-Hour Construction Industry Training course is to promote workplace safety, health, hazards and their rights. The Respirable Silica in the Construction Industry is a 4-hour training session to educate frontline employees and foreman about OSHA’s new silica standard. The ARC Flash Awareness Training aims to keep workers safe while working on or around electrically energized equipment. 




High Impact Leadership

High Impact Leadership

This five-day leadership certificate program will help you develop personal insights, a better understanding of different working styles, effective communications skills, an understanding of employee relations and business law, and how to maintain a high level of professionalism in a variety of situations including crisis situations.


Digital Marketing and Public Relations Certificate

Digital Marketing and Public Relations

Create an online marketing communications strategy and powerhouse digital toolbox by completing six, full-day workshops taught by expert marketing and public relations professionals. Gain new insights into PR & marketing strategy, branding, budgeting, online content creation, video creation and use, social media


Cadaver Dog Training Workshops

Cadaver Dog Tranings

Held on campus in Cullowhee, North Carolina, these workshops are offered in cooperation with the Forensic Osteology Research Station and the Emergency Disaster Management Program at WCU. These land-based workshops allow participants to work search areas including grassy fields, mountainous terrain, urban environments, buildings, and vehicles.


For-Profit and Nonprofit Professional Development

Human Resources

One-day and half-day workshops offered in Asheville and Cullowhee for professionals in for-profit and nonprofit organizations. WCU offers continuing education units (CEUs) and is an approved provider for SHRM-PDC and NASBA CPE credits.


Conference Offering: A Collection of Primary Care Practice Conundrums

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Join us for the latest information about Primary Care Practice Conundrums with international speaker Dr. Margaret Fitzgerald.


Event Planning Certificate Program

Event Planning

Courses range from customer service to social media strategies, contract negotiations risk factors and garnering return from tradeshows, expos, and fairs. 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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Retirement Planning Now

Retirement Planning Today

Retirement Planning Now is a course held on three evenings over the course of two weeks. It is designed to deliver comprehensive, objective information to help you achieve your most important financial goals.  The course covers many key aspects of planning for retirement such as income tax planning, retirement income and expenses, risk management, investment management, and estate planning. 

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Grant Writing Certificate Program

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Grant writing techniques and processes are in a transitional stage. As a grant writer, you need to stay on top of the latest trends that include more online grant applications, requirements for better-designed evaluations, and new social policies that determine grant opportunities. This certificate program will help increase your chances of winning competitive grants and identify your strengths.


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.


Lean and Six Sigma

Dr. Creasy showing Six Sigma process

Both Six Sigma and the Lean Improvement Principles are designed to offer ideas and tools for immediate use at your workplace, regardless of your industry type.

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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 in-depth, self-paced online courses will get your career headed in the right direction. They are offered in partnership with highly respected national providers.


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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