Professional and Continuing Education


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Western provides a range of options to help you achieve your career and professional goals. From professional certificates and bootcamps to test preparation programs and short courses, Western gives you the edge you need to shine on the job site.

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Certificate in Grant Writing

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Communication Non-Credit

Unlock Funding Opportunities with Expertise

Master the art of grant writing to secure vital resources and drive positive change.

Management Training for IT Professionals

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IT & Cybersecurity Non-Credit

Develop a Successful Leadership Style

Learn leadership skills that will help you succeed as a manager in the IT field by exploring different decision-making techniques.

Lean Six Sigma Green Belt and Black Belt

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Business Operations Non-Credit

Achieve Precision in Process

Learn the principles of both Lean Six Sigma Green Belt and Lean Six Sigma Black Belt before sitting for the certification exams.

PMI Risk Management Professional

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Business Operations Non-Credit

Master the Skills of Identifying, Assessing and Mitigating Risks

Learn the techniques of risk management to prepare for the Project Management Institute's Risk Management Professional certification exam.

Human Resources Professional

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Business Operations Non-Credit

Prepare for Career Success

Master the skills you need to gain an entry-level position in human resources and prepare to take the PHR (Professional in Human Resources) certification exam.

Nonprofit Manager

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Business Operations Non-Credit

Examine the Fundamental Principles of Nonprofit Management

Explore the roles and responsibilities of a nonprofit board of directors and the management team, discover the essential aspects of fundraising and become acquainted with the fundamentals of the budgeting process.

Digital Marketing Science

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Business Operations Non-Credit

Master the Skills of a Digital Marketer

Gain practical training and expertise in the most in-demand marketing domains.

Cannabis Education Certificates

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Business Operations Healthcare Cannabis Studies Non-Credit

Earn Your Cannabis Certificate Online

Certificates in healthcare, law, business and agriculture.

Career Training Programs

These programs are offered in partnership with ED2GO, a third-party provider, and are not taught by Western Washington University faculty. The courses are not offered for academic credit and are not degree-eligible.

Arts and Design

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Online graphic design and web design programs make it easy for you to learn new skills or transition to a new career.


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Online management training and business skills programs can help you enter a new career field or advance your current skillset. Select programs even prepare you for industry-recognized certifications, such as Lean Six Sigma or PMP.

Computer Science

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Prepare for a career in software development or web development with online programming courses and programs. Programs include sought after programming languages, like Java, C#, and HTML5.

Construction and Trades

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The convenience of online construction training allows you to learn new concepts and skills at your own pace and in the comfort of your own home.


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Making a career out of helping others can be incredibly rewarding. Whether you want to be a travel agent, a wedding planner, or even a pastry artist, these online hospitality training programs can help you get started.

Information Technology

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Start your career in IT with foundational understanding of the industry. If you’re an advanced professional, prepare for in-demand IT certifications, to advance your career.

100+ Online Courses

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3 million new-collar positions require specific skills but not a bachelor’s degree.


42% of employees say they expect to have three or more careers in their lifetimes.


Over 87% of millennial employees believe that workplace development and learning are becoming important for professional development.


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  1. Step 1: Browse the programs, and find the course/certificate that fits your career goals
  2. Step 2: Register, and let the learning begin
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Western Washington University is conveniently located throughout the Puget Sound and the Central Salish Sea regions and online. Whether personal enrichment or career related, Western can help you reach your educational goals.

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