100% ONLINE PROGRAM FOR WORKING ADULTS!
In many communities, non-profit organizations exist to meet an unmet needs, delivering essential services to individuals, families and neighborhoods. These organizations and their staff play a critical role in building strong communities while also creating meaningful social change. SWTC’s Non-Profit Leadership Program provides students with the skills and experiences to equip them for careers with social service organizations hospitals and clinics, foundations, government agencies—including emergency services, health and human services, and educational institutions—and other organizations providing direct services to residents and communities.
Students in the Non-Profit Leadership Program study non-profit strategic planning, management principles, board relations, non-profit branding and marketing, and fundraising. Courses in this program emphasize “learning by doing,” ensuring that students graduate with practical, marketable skills that can be applied in a variety of non-profit and government career fields.
Is This Program for You?
If you are interested in community service, are a task-driven self-starter, enjoy teamwork, and are drawn to jobs and activities that allow you to give back to others while creating meaningful change, the Non-Profit Leadership Program may be a good fit for you.
Students entering the Non-Profit Leadership Program should:
- Interest in serving your community
- Enjoy working with people from a variety of backgrounds and experiences
- Approach their work with a high degree of integrity
- Be able to make decisions
- Be able to communicate clearly
The online Leadership Development program is designed specifically for individuals who work full-time with a minimum amount of discretionary time available to pursue educational goals. This allows you to learn at a faster pace to earn your degree faster.
- Associate degree, requiring a minimum of two years to complete.
- Classes are offered 100% online
- High school articulation courses accepted
- Financial aid available
- Curriculum & Costs
Technical courses are listed below on a Fall/Spring Semester basis. However courses will be offered in eight-week rotations during the semester in which the course is listed.
Admission and Program Requirements
- Submit Application and $30 Application Fee
- To make sure your classes are the right fit, we consider any previous college credit you've earned, Accuplacer or ACT scores, high school GPA, or an assessment at your registration session. Submit High School Transcripts, College Transcripts, and Test Scores to: Southwest Tech, Attn: Admissions, 1800 Bronson Blvd, Fennimore, WI 53809
- Admissions Meeting: After applying and submitting transcripts, make an admissions meeting with the advisor by clicking "Make an appointment" in the Advisor block on this page.
Requirements for Online Students
Chromebooks are not compatible with some testing features within Schoology (our Learning Management System). Southwest Tech recommends not to use Chromebooks for classes.
Cable/broadband/DSL internet with a minimum speed of 1.5Mbps. You can test your local internet speed at www.speedtest.net. Run this test from the location you will be working from.
Higher bandwidth and speed will greatly assist you in your online learning environment, so where possible, a faster internet speed is recommended. Cable internet tend to be faster than DSL or 4G wireless, although DSL or 4G wireless may also work depending on other factors. Your computer, other software (such as anti spyware), other users on the system, and system configurations can all influence your ultimate line speed. Many instructors use videos as a part of their instruction, as well as synchronous meeting times (Skype, Adobe Connect, etc). Having an acceptable internet connection speed will be important to your success.
Convenient access to a computer that has one of the following current versions of Internet Browsers:
- Microsoft Internet Explorer
- Mozilla Firefox
- Google Chrome
- An active e-mail account (all Southwest Tech students are issued a free email account)
- Word processing software (Microsoft Word is the recommended word processing software at Southwest Wisconsin Technical College). Free Microsoft Office software is available to all Southwest Tech students at https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/education/products/office
- Availability of 10-15 hours per week for each 3-credit course
- Self-motivation and self-discipline
Helpful Academic Background
- Business Education
- Social Studies
- Technical Education
- This program is eligible for Financial Aid.
- Estimated cost for each semester can be found under the Curriculum tab. Please note that costs are approximate and are based on the current academic year.
- Please discuss additional fee questions with the program advisor or instructor.
Nonprofit Leadership graduates will be able to:
- Examine current trends in non-profits
- Assess organizational goals and missions
- Develop organizational strategic plans
- Cultivate strategic partnerships across government, community and non-profit sectors
- Create fundraising strategies and assess financial strength of non-profit organizations
- Manage healthy and professional employee, board and volunteer relations
- Career Opportunities
Southwest Tech's Career Connections Center offers Services to assist students looking for job placement.
- Prior Learning
Credit for Prior Learning
Experience Pays! You've Been There... You've Done That... Let's See If You Can Get Credit For It!
Credit for prior learning gives you opportunities to earn credit for college-level knowledge that you have already acquired. This may be the result of work or volunteer experiences, certifications, apprenticeships, military training, extensive self-instruction, or professional development. Credit for Prior Learning affords you the opportunity to accelerate the completion of your educational goals.
For more information or to request Credit for Prior Learning see our Credit for Prior Learning page.
Non-Profit Leadership Development Courses that may have Credit for Prior Learning options:
Course # Course Title Challenge Exam
CLEP Credential Portfolio 10-102-129 Human Resources Management PHR (Professional in Human Resources), SPHR (Senior Professional in Human Resources) 10-102-130 Management Principles CLEP Test - Principles of Management 10-801-195 Written Communication College Composition CLEP test would also be accepted for credit. However, the challenge exam is the preferred method. 10-801-196 Oral/Interpersonal Communication 10-804-123 Math with Business Applications 10-809-195 Economics CLEP Test - Principles of Macroeconomics