Western Carolina University’s Office of Professional Growth and Enrichment will be offering a new online professional outdoor industry certificate this spring.

“This new, one-of-a-kind professional online certificate program taps into a key strength and economic growth area in Western North Carolina and nationwide: human desire to be in the great outdoors,” said Andy Coburn, a member of WCU’s research and graduate faculty and one of two faculty liaisons to the outdoor industry.

The certificate program is designed to provide participants with the skills and knowledge necessary to grow their businesses, sharpen their leadership skills, design and develop unique outdoor products, and shape the future of the Outdoor Industry for years to come, a release from WCU stated.

There will be two tracks offered, small business/entrepreneurship or leadership.

Participants will take five core courses from their chosen track and choose three electives from an extensive selection of leadership, communication, business and entrepreneurial workshops.

The courses are offered a la-carte and once the eight courses are completed, a certificate will be awarded. 

The registration fee is $129 per workshop, or participants can enroll in the entire certificate program for a 20 percent discount of $825.

For more information, visit pdp.wcu.edu and click on Certificate Programs or contact WCU’s associate director of professional development, Jill Thompson at jcthompson@wcu.edu or 227-7397.

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