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Nonprofit program graduates honored during Asheville ceremony

Josh O'Conner (left) and Christy Swift (right) receive congratulations from Susan Fouts, executive director of WCU's Division of Educational Outreach.

Josh O’Conner, director of Buncombe County Recreation Services, and Christy Swift, CFO of the National Technical Honor Society, were honored for completing the year-long Certified Nonprofit Professional Program offered through Western Carolina University during a ceremony held Aug. 2 at the Hilton Asheville Biltmore Park.

O’Conner and Swift are the first two graduates of the program.

“We are very proud of Josh and Christy for their commitment to the nonprofit community,” said Susan Fouts, executive director of WCU’s Division of Educational Outreach. “WCU is committed to serving WNC, and sharing educational resources with the nonprofit sector is critical to the economic development of the region.”

Kevan Frazier, executive director of WCU’s Biltmore Park Programs, said the university has been committed to Western North Carolina since its founding. “Today, we are celebrating that commitment – especially in the nonprofit community,” he said.

During the reception to honor the graduates, Fouts and Frazier also unveiled a new nonprofit education web page to serve as a one-stop resource for nonprofits in the region. For more information about nonprofit education at WCU, visit

For more information about programs offered through Educational Outreach’s Office of Professional Growth and Enrichment, visit or call 828-227-7397.

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