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Certificate for nonprofit professionals offered at Biltmore Park site

Professionals in the nonprofit sector will have an opportunity to fast-track their careers in the new year with the Certified Nonprofit Professional Program offered through Western Carolina University’s Office of Professional Growth and Enrichment.

“This hands-on leadership development program positions professionals for long-term success in the nonprofit industry,” said Jill Thompson, WCU associate director of professional development.

To earn a certificate, participants must complete the eight modules and the core requirements.

Each module begins with a one-day workshop at WCU’s instructional site at Biltmore Park in Asheville and is followed by four weeks of online content.

The spring semester schedule includes “Fundraising for Nonprofits,” Jan. 4-26; “Governance and Volunteer Management,” Feb. 1-22; “Designing Nonprofits for Long-term Sustainability,” March 1-23; and “Nonprofit Trends and Innovations,” March 29-April 26.

Classes are offered during the spring and fall semesters. Fall 2019 dates will be announced later.

The fee per course is $300. The full tuition fee is $2,525, which includes enrollment and credentialing fees.

Professionals interested in registering for the one-day workshops only can do so when registering for $89 per workshop.

For more information and to register, visit or email Thompson at

WCU’s Office of Professional Growth and Enrichment, as part of the Division of Educational Outreach, provides opportunities to individuals to further their careers through education and training.

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