Nonprofit Pathway Certificate Program

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Introducing the Nonprofit Pathway – a certificate to launch or advance your mission-driven career.

The Nonprofit Pathway was created in partnership with Community First Foundation to prepare individuals to enter the nonprofit sector, provide additional training to experienced nonprofit professionals, or facilitate the transition of skills to the nonprofit sector for career changers and ensure Colorado's nonprofits have access to a skilled, inclusive and diverse workforce.  

The Nonprofit Pathway Certificate Program Learn. Connect. Lead. 

  • Engages students in building or expanding the practical skills and knowledge needed in today's nonprofit workforce.
  • Incorporates real-life learning opportunities through community partnerships. 
  • Provides transfer options toward the Bachelor of Public Service at University of Colorado Denver.

Scholarships Now Available 

  • Scholarships are non-competitive and available on a first-come, first-served basis for eligible applicants.  
  • Scholarships cover 50% of the cost of Nonprofit Pathway course tuition and fees.
  • Applicants must have been accepted to RRCC and have a RRCC Student # to apply for scholarships.
  • Applicants must be registered in one or more of the fall 2017 Nonprofit Pathway courses to receive a scholarship.
  • Applications being accepted through the fall 2017semester.     

The Nonprofit Pathway Scholarship is powered by Community First Foundation.  

Determine your eligibility and apply here

Fall Courses »»ENROLLING NOW««

Program Design, Evaluation & Decision Making BUS 176 (3 credit).  Learn the analytical, critical thinking, and problem solving skills required for program design, evaluation, and evidence-based decision making.  This course has a service-learning designation.  

Spring 2018 courses 

Building Financial Support for Nonprofit Organizations BUS 275 (3 credit)

Nonprofit Financial Management BUS 276 (3 credit)

Introduction to Nonprofit Organizations BUS 175 (3 credit) - 15 week course.  Lakewood Campus, Fridays 9am -11:45am.  Engage in the exploration of the broad trends which are shaping the nonprofit sector and its expanding role in our current society.  At the end of the course, students will be able to identify and interpret key theories, issues, debates and challenges as experienced by practitioners in the nonprofit world, and be able to consider the implications for their own practice.  

Course Format/Location/Cost

  • Hybrid/Accelerated: Generally courses are held weekly on Wednesdays from 5:30-9 in the classroom and additional time online each week.
  • Each course is half a semester long (8 weeks per course versus traditional 16 week semester).  This allows a student to complete the certificate in one year, focusing on one class at a time.
  • Courses are held at the Arvada Campus.
  • Fall 2017 course dates
    • BUS 175 Intro to Nonprofit Organizations    8/23/17-10/11/17
    • BUS 176 Program Design, Evaluation, and Decision-making   10/18/17-12/6/17
  • Tuition varies based on the number of credits taken per semester.  All tuition rates are approximate and based on Colorado resident tuition rates.
    • $615 - 3 credits
    • $1078 - 6 credits
    • Total certificate cost is $3,000

Certificate Overview 

The Nonprofit Pathway is a program of the Business Department.  The following courses are required to earn the Nonprofit Pathway certificate.

  • Total certificate 16 credits*
    • Introduction to Nonprofit Organizations (3 credit)
    • Program Design, Evaluation & Decision Making (3 credit)
    • Building Financial Support for Nonprofit Organizations (3 credit)
    • Financial Management of Nonprofit Organizations (3 credit)
    • Approved Elective (1 credit)
    • Internships or capstone (3 credit)

*If you do not plan to complete the certificate program, courses can be taken individually as needed to meet your personal or professional goals.


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