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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Event Planning


Event Planning

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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Human Resources, Communication, Management, and Finance 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.

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Contract Negotiations, Liability, and Risk Factors in Event Planning


Contract Negotiations

In this one-day workshop participants will learn about the importance of contracts in event planning and compliance with federal, state, and local laws. Key issues will be addressed related to working with other organizations and how to guard against legal matters related to fundraising, liability, finances and other potential risks.

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Annual Emergency Medical Care Summer Seminar


EMC Summer Seminar

This annual conference will take place July 20th-22nd, 2017. This years' theme is Shock, as the undifferentiated shock presents an even greater challenge for clinicians in the emergency care setting. Conference presentations include influential speakers that lead the industry, exciting sessions addressing treatment, strategies and more.

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Certificate Programs


Professional Development

Important business meetings, conferences, and educational and public relations events, are great ways to raise money, provide training, and keep your organization in the public eye. For these reasons, it’s critical for planners to know how to effectively organize, budget and market events to keep the company in the green, out of trouble, and on the minds of donors, business partners, and customers. This certificate program includes six workshops, which are offered in the spring and fall.

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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 health care demands.

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Annual Communicative Disorders Conference


Communicative Disorders

Continuing education pertinent to speech-language pathologists, educators, and other allied health professionals. With half-day and full day speakers, our topics range from speech to language, literacy disorders in children to cognitive impairment in adults. 

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Crisis Communication Planning and Response


Crisis Communication

Crises are a fact of life. Regardless of the type of organization, we are all at risk. Natural disasters occur unexpectedly and wreak havoc. This hands-on workshop will explore the key principles of effective crisis communication, leadership imperative, crisis communication plans and more.

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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 self-paced, ninety-day, certificate courses allow students to be paired with an instructor for one-on-one assistance. These courses are provided in partnership with Gatlin Educational Services.  

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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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