Professional Development Programs

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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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Bar and Beverage Management Certification


Bartender wearing an apron

WCU will soon launch a Bar and Beverage Management Certification. Participants will earn 3 hours of college credit, and the class will prepare students to sit for the Bar and Beverage Management Certification through the American Hotel and Lodging Association's Learning Institute.

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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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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.

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Mentoring Today's Workforce


Mentoring

For the first time in modern history, we have five distinct generations in the workforce, each with their own expectations, goals, strengths, and challenges. The most successful organizations not only embrace this diversity but they also leverage the experience and skills each brings to the table through multiple forms of mentoring.

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Financial Reporting for Public Higher Education


Financial Reporting for Public Higher Education

Seminar attendees will have a better understanding of college and university accounting concepts including learning about the basic formats used by institutions when presenting their financial statements. There will be a presentation and discussion related to recent changes to GASB accounting standards and the anticipated effects of those changes within public higher education.

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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.

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Grant Writing Certificate Program


People discussing a grant

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.

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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

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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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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.

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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.

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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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