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Continuing & Professional Development

Online Certificate ProgramsNoncredit Online Certificate Programs

Our Noncredit Online Courses are "bundled" to provide a wide range of relevant information in each field. Each certificate program consists of 3 core courses and 3 elective courses which, when successfully completed, will result in a certificate of completion. These classes are delivered entirely online in convenient six week formats.

  • Courses are regularly priced at $99 each.

  • Select and register for six courses as a certificate program for $549 - a savings of $45!

  • To enroll, select from the courses below or contact Lifelong Learning at ll@wku.edu or (270) 745-1912.

Real Customer Service

With so many choices available to today's customers, businesses must "stand out from the crowd" in order to acquire and retain customers. These courses will provide a basis for good, old-fashioned, "real" customer service.

Core

  • Customer Service Fundamentals
  • Achieving Success with Difficult People
  • Interpersonal Communication

Electives (choose 3)

  • Grammar Refresher
  • Keys to Effective Communication
  • Get Assertive!
  • Get Funny!
  • Speed Spanish

Enroll

Thanks for your interest in the online certificate program, Real Customer Service. Please submit this form for a speedy response from WKU Continuing and Professional Development with specific enrollment information.

Controlling Your Financial Future

Who doesn’t want to get a handle on their finances? From basic budgeting to exploring investment options, these courses will provide you with a better understanding of how to plan and protect your financial future.

Core

  • Personal Finance
  • Protect Your Money, Credit & Identity
  • Keys to Successful Money Management

Electives (choose 3)

  • Where Does My Money Go?
  • Math Refresher
  • Stocks Bonds & Investing Oh My!
  • Introduction to Stock Options
  • Real Estate Investing

Enroll

Thanks for your interest in the online certificate program, Controlling Your Financial Future. Please submit this form for a speedy response from WKU Continuing and Professional Development with specific enrollment information.

Writing for Work or Pleasure

Whether you need to polish your writing skills or just want to write for fun, this bundle of courses is for you! Explore a variety of writing and publishing options as well as review the basic writing essentials.

Core

  • Beginning Writers Workshop
  • Writing Essentials
  • Research Methods for Writers

Electives (choose 3)

  • Write Like A Pro
  • Writeriffic: Creativity Training
  • Pleasures of Poetry
  • Travel Writing
  • Beginners Guide to Getting Published
  • Writers Guide To Descriptive Settings
  • Effective Business Writing
  • Write and Publish your Non-Fiction Book
  • Write Your Life Story
  • Mystery Writing
  • The Craft of Magazine Writing
  • Forensic Science for Writers

Enroll

Thanks for your interest in the online certificate program, Writing for Work or Pleasure. Please submit this form for a speedy response from WKU Continuing and Professional Development with specific enrollment information.

Changing Career Paths

Have you considered a career change but are unsure which direction to go in? Changing careers can be scary. These courses will explore a variety of career options as well as help job seekers gain valuable information relevant to today's workforce.

Core

  • Resume Writing Workshop
  • Individual Excellence: Secrets of Career Success
  • 12 Steps to a Successful Job Search

Electives (choose 3)

  • Grammar Refresher
  • Math Refresher
  • Explore a Career as a Pharmacy Tech
  • Explore a Career in a Dental Office
  • Explore a Career as a Paralegal
  • Become a Physical Therapy Aide
  • Get Paid to Travel
  • Introduction to Interior Design

Enroll

Thanks for your interest in the online certificate program, Changing Career Paths. Please submit this form for a speedy response from WKU Continuing and Professional Development with specific enrollment information.

Adventures in Travel

Preserve and enhance your travel adventures! These fun courses show you how to document your travels and take quality photographs wherever you go. Go a step further and learn the languages of the places you visit!

Core

  • Discover Digital Photography
  • Photoshop Elements 8 for the Digital Photographer
  • Travel Photography for the Digital Photographer

Electives (choose 3)

  • Introduction to Journaling
  • Travel Writing
  • Secrets of Better Photography
  • Photoshop Elements CS3, CS4
  • Intermediate Photoshop
  • Beginning French
  • Conversational Japanese
  • Instant Italian
  • Speed Spanish
  • Photographing Nature with your Digital Camera

Enroll

Thanks for your interest in the online certificate program, Adventures in Travel. Please submit this form for a speedy response from WKU Continuing and Professional Development with specific enrollment information.

Finally, Be Your Own Boss!

Quit dreaming about owning your own business and get the facts you need to take the plunge! These courses are packed with valuable information that just might give you the push you need to finally be your own boss!

Core

  • Start Your Own Small Business
  • Small Business Marketing on a Shoestring
  • Creating a Successful Business Plan

Electives (choose 3)

  • Business Law for Small Business Owners
  • Introduction to QuickBooks
  • Creating Web Pages
  • Starting & Operating a Home Based Business
  • Effective Selling
  • Learn to Buy & Sell on Ebay
  • Starting An Arts & Crafts Business
  • Secrets of a Caterer
  • Wow! What a Great Event!

Enroll

Thanks for your interest in the online certificate program, Finally, Be Your Own Boss!. Please submit this form for a speedy response from WKU Continuing and Professional Development with specific enrollment information.

Healthy Living

Are you confused by conflicting health advice? These informative courses use a holistic approach to help you gain more control of your well-being by refreshing your knowledge of healthy living and offering habits and behaviors that will enhance your life naturally.

Core

  • Introduction to Natural Health and Healing
  • Listen To Your Heart and Success Will Follow
  • Handling Medical Emergencies

Electives (choose 3)

  • Lose Weight and Keep It Off
  • Luscious Low Fat Lightning Quick Meals
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • Introduction to Journaling
  • Get Funny!

Enroll

Thanks for your interest in the online certificate program, Healthy Living. Please submit this form for a speedy response from WKU Continuing and Professional Development with specific enrollment information.

Basic Computer Skills for the Office

For the true computer beginner! This bundle will give you the basic computer knowledge necessary to navigate your home or office computer, even if you’ve never been a computer user.

Core

  • Computer Skills for the Workplace
  • Keyboarding
  • Introduction to PC Trouble Shooting

Electives (choose 3)

  • Introduction to Microsoft Word 2007 or 2010
  • Introduction to Microsoft Excel 2007 or 2010
  • Introduction to Powerpoint 2007
  • Introduction to Outlook
  • Introduction to Access
  • Introduction to Publisher
  • Introduction to Project
  • Introduction to QuickBooks 2009 or 2010

Enroll

Thanks for your interest in the online certificate program, Basic Computer Skills for the Office. Please submit this form for a speedy response from WKU Continuing and Professional Development with specific enrollment information.

Supervising with Excellence

Do you aspire to be a supervisor? These courses will provide you with a variety of skills necessary to succeed in a supervisory role. Are you already a Supervisor? Then hone and enhance your supervisory skills with these relevant courses. Or, just polish up your resume with this certificate!

Core

  • Keys to Effective Communication
  • Fundamentals of Supervision and Management I
  • Leadership

Electives (choose 3)

  • Building Teams That Work
  • Fundamentals of Supervision and Management II
  • Achieving Success with Difficult People
  • Understanding the Human Resource Function
  • Employment Law Fundamentals
  • Project Management Fundamentals
  • Get Assertive!

Enroll

Thanks for your interest in the online certificate program, Supervising With Excellence. Please submit this form for a speedy response from WKU Continuing and Professional Development with specific enrollment information.

Basic Web Design

You can do it! Learn how to design and create your own web page. These courses will teach the basics of creating effective web pages. You won’t believe how easy it is!

Core

  • Creating Web Pages
  • Effective Websites
  • Introduction to CSS and XHTML

Electives (choose 3)

  • Intro to PHP and MySQL
  • Intro to Creating WordPress Web Sites
  • Introduction to Dreamweaver
  • Introduction to Flash
  • Achieving Top Search Engine Positions
  • Marketing Your Business on the Internet
  • Web 2.0: Blogs, Wikis and Podcasts

Enroll

Thanks for your interest in the online certificate program, Basic Web Design. Please submit this form for a speedy response from WKU Continuing and Professional Development with specific enrollment information.

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 Last Modified 7/20/17