Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Western Carolina University joins Nonprofit Leadership Alliance

Western Carolina University of Cullowhee, N.C., has joined the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance as a campus partner and is now offering the premier nonprofit management and leadership credential, the Certified Nonprofit Professional (or CNP) credential.

Starting this month, Western Carolina is launching a CNP Program designed for emerging nonprofit leaders. The program, which blends face-to-face and online elements, is a proven method to fast-track or launch a nonprofit career. In fact, independent research conducted by LinkedIn (2014) demonstrates that CNPs are seven times more likely to rise to director or higher level, compared to peers.

“The CNP credential is built on 70 years’ experience developing effective nonprofit leadership development programming,” says Susan T. Schmidt, CNP, president of the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance. “Every person who carries the CNP emblem has completed a rigorous program that combines both coursework and application of principles. By getting their hands dirty, these emerging leaders are able to test the theories and best practices gained in the classroom. We focus on a reduction of learning curve, which is what sets our CNPs apart and places them on the path to employment success.”

Western Carolina joins a network of more than 50 regionally-accredited universities and national nonprofit organizations working to build a pipeline of talented and prepared professionals. To earn the CNP credential, learners successfully complete eight courses (five weeks in length). Each course includes a one-day, on-site workshop, with the remaining four weeks offered online. The courses are facilitated by content experts who provide immediate feedback on progress. Throughout the program, learners develop a professional portfolio, demonstrating proficiency in the CNP’s 10 core competencies. After completion of each course, learners earn e-Certificates (digital badges) that may be uploaded to LinkedIn and other digital platforms.

“Today’s professionals are seeking flexibility to help balance education, career and life,” says Jill Thompson, Western Carolina University’s associate director of professional development. “A hybrid model that includes both face-to-face and online learning will most certainly fit well with the busy schedules and lives of our learners.” 

An open house to learn more about the program will be held on February 24, 2017, from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. at WCU Biltmore Park in Suite 102. The first course for the program, Management and Leadership of the Nonprofit Sector, begins with an on-site workshop on March 10, 2017. To register for this course and learn more about the program, visit Contact Jill Thompson at 828-227-3070 or for more information about the program curriculum and credential process.

About the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance: Since 1948, the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance has worked to strengthen the social sector with a talented, prepared workforce. Its Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP) credential is the only national nonprofit management certification in the U.S. offered in conjunction with regionally-accredited universities. The Alliance system, which includes nearly 40 colleges and universities, 15 national nonprofit workforce partners and more than 9,600 CNPs, is the largest network in the country working to build a talent pipeline for the social sector.

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