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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Bar and Beverage Management Certification

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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.


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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HR, Communication and Management 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.


Mentoring Today's Workforce


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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Your 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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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.


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.


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. Learn the new rules of marketing and PR and explore the advantages of digital communications. 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.


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 healthcare demands.

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OSHA Construction Industry Training

OSHA Training

Learn about workplace safety, health, and hazards as well as workers' rights. This course provides the information and skills necessary to work safely in the construction industry and the various standards in construction safety.

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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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