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June 27, 2017

Kansas State University Launches Community Development Online Graduate Certificate

Submitted by Trudy Rice

 To help educate people interested in fostering positive social, economic, cultural and environmental change, Kansas State University will launch a new online graduate certificate in community development. Applications are currently being accepted and courses will start in fall 2017.

The certificate program will join the online master's program in community development already offered through the university's College of Architecture, Planning & Design's landscape architecture and regional & community planning department. Students completing the certificate will be able to take their credits into the master's program should they choose to continue.

"Our new graduate certificate in community development is perfect for a variety of students," said Huston Gibson, associate professor of landscape architecture and regional & community planning and director of the university's community development program. "Those who already have a master's degree in another area but are seeking a credential in community development; those working concurrently on another master's degree who wish to place an emphasis on community development; or those who simply do not desire a master's degree at this time, yet find themselves in a position where a certificate in community development will enhance their current degree, program, workplace standing or career goals."

The certificate is a 12-hour program offered completely online. The courses provide a foundation in community development and change that allow students to explore subtopics such as community capacity building, economic strategies, grantwriting, housing and development programs, immigrants in communities and natural resource management.

Learn more about the community development online graduate certificate, or begin the admission process at global.k-state.edu/architecture/community-development/certificate/.