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Enrichment Courses, Conferences and Workshops

Whether you're a life-long learning, looking to take a deep dive in to a subject or explore a new avenue or field, our courses, conferences and workshops provide opportunities for anyone across all walks of life to garner new skills and explore new hobbies.

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Language Courses

Learn a new language or practice one with others with our beginning language courses.



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Dulcimer U

America's premier mountain Dulcimer education program. Unlike many festivals around the country, Dulcimer U is not about the performers, it’s about you….the student.


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Conferences & Special Events

Western Carolina is proud to offer programs and resources for our local community.



Fitness and Nurition Courses

Online professional certificates in Nutrition, Fitness, and Health are a collaboration between Educational Fitness Solutions, Western Carolina University, industry experts, instructors, internship affiliates, board members, and national organizations.


Fitness Business Management Certificate

College Certificate in Personal Training ACSM-CPT

College Certificate in Personal Training NASM-CPT

Family Nutrition College Certificate

Functional Nutrition


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Art, Design & Photography Courses

Tap in to your creativity with art, design and photography courses online. 


Discover Digital Photography

Drawing for the Absolute Beginner

Creating WordPress Websites

Secrets of Better Photography

Introduction to Interior Design


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Computer Applications 

Expand your knowledge and technical skills with computers and computer applications. 


Introduction to PC Troubleshooting

Microsoft Excel and Office 365

Introduction to Quickbooks


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Please Note: The University and our offices remain open, although our staff will be working remotely. For inquiries about testing, summer conferences, community classes or other continuing education information, please contact Bobby Hensley, Associate Director of Continuing Education via email at If you are registered for an upcoming program, please watch your email for updates. Thank you for your patience during this time. We look forward to continuing to serve our community, locally, regionally and globally.

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Upcoming Programs and Events

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This page lists all of our upcoming continuing education programs and events.

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Dulcimer U

Dulcimer U Courses

Dulcimer U provides an unforgettable educational experience with its first-class instructional staff, unbeatable skill-building programs, and vigorous classes that focus on music theory, techniques, and history. Various classes and conferences are held throughout the year.

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Language Courses

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Learn a new language! WCU offers online and in-class beginning language courses.

Native Plant Conference

2017 Native Plants Conference

This annual conference seeks to drive interest in and knowledge of propagating and preserving native southeastern plant species in the landscape of the Western North Carolina area and specific to Cullowhee. Both professionals and knowledge seekers are welcomed!


Swim Programs


WCU offers swim classes for adults and kids along with aqua fitness to maintain a healthy lifestyle. All swim programs are led by instructor Michael Creason, a retired assistant professor in the Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation at WCU.


Camps & Programs for Kids

Camps and Programs for Kids

From art to science, robotics to theater, swimming lessons and outdoor skills we have year-round programs and camps for kids of all ages.


Community Art Workshops

Community Art Days

Discover your creativity and explore the world of fine art. Open to both kids and adults these community classes work closely with the Bardo Art Center, WCU's ARTS and Cultural Events as well as some of the rotating exhibitions. No previous experience or skill is needed!


Fitness & Nutrition

Fitness and Nutrition Online Programs

The Online Professional Certificates in Nutrition, Fitness, and Health are a collaboration between Educational Fitness Solutions, Western Carolina University, industry experts, instructors, internship affiliates, board members, and national organizations.


Distance Learning

Distance and Online Programs

WCU is home to top-ranked programs in fields ranging from nursing to education to engineering. We build online learning communities that bring accomplished students together with professors dedicated to their success.


Online Legal Studies

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Western Carolina is a partner with the Center for Legal Studies which offers online certificate programs in legal topics such as Paralegal and Legal Nurse Consultant. Study online on your schedule and pursue a certification that makes an impact in the lives of others.


Testing Center

Testing Center

Available on campus at Western Carolina University, the Testing Center provides on-site testing for CLEP, MA, DSST, PRAXIS, GRE and more. Testing schedules change throughout the year, check back often for the most up-to-date schedule.

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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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