Red Rocks Community College and Community First Foundation have created a new Nonprofit Pathway management certificate that prepares students to launch or advance careers in the nonprofit sector. Registration for Fall 2018 classes began April 2, 2018.
Courses are taught by highly skilled nonprofit professionals and designed to deepen the learning experience through engagement with real-world practices throughout the program. It is a collaborative learning environment between instructors, students and community partners with direct, hands-on participation in the community. Two of the initial community partners for this new program are Colorado Homeless Families and the PeaceJam Foundation.
“We love working with Nonprofit Pathway students as they helped us design a more relevant survey for our program and asked great questions that pushed our thinking as an organization,” said Kara Lundin, PeaceJam Foundation, Nonprofit Pathway Community Partner.
“To have a program like this where people don’t just stumble their way into the sector, but instead think about it as a career, is exciting,” said Marla J. Williams, President and CEO of Community First Foundation. “The Nonprofit Pathway is a unique program designed to help diversify and strengthen the nonprofit workforce by defining affordable career paths where few currently exist.”
Red Rocks Community College’s Nonprofit Pathways program is a 16 credit certificate that can be completed in just one year, focusing on one course at a time. Courses are offered in the evenings in an accelerated format that allows students to combine classroom and online learning each week. A transfer agreement with the University of Colorado Denver allows students who wish to continue their education to seamlessly transfer their credits toward the Bachelor of Arts in Public Service.
“I especially enjoy the “realness” of the coursework and the stories of the instructors. This program is unlike any other coursework I have completed in either my undergraduate or graduate programs,” said Erika Iverson, Nonprofit Pathway student.
The Nonprofit Pathway program provides a strong foundation in essential areas of nonprofit operations for individuals new to the sector and provides specific skill development for more experienced professionals. Students can complete the entire certificate or take just the courses they need.
“We’ve designed the program so that students get direct hands-on learning through an internship with a local nonprofit organization and relevant coursework,” Program Director Kristin Aslan said.
Courses include nonprofit program evaluation, fundraising and development, and financial management. The courses were developed based on the skills nonprofit leaders say they are seeking in their talent pools and the positions they anticipate hiring for in the future.
Scholarships are available through funding provided by Community First Foundation. Each scholarship covers approximately 50 percent of tuition and fees per course and can be renewed each semester. Scholarship eligibility criteria must be met through demonstrated financial need or employment with a Community First Foundation Nonprofit Endowment Partner.
For more information about the Nonprofit Pathway or becoming a community partner, visit