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The Village Earth/CSU Online Certificate Program in Sustainable Community Development as Continuing Education and Professional Development for Educators, Boards of Directors, and Funders


Village Earth’s online Certificate Program in Sustainable Community Development is not just meant for community workers, it’s also a great resource for those seeking continuing education and professional development in numerous other professional fields. And, because our program is offered in partnership with Colorado State University you have greater assurance that you will receive professional credit for our courses. In fact, each of our courses is worth two (2) continuing education units. A CEU is a unit of credit equal to ten hours of participation in an accredited program designed for professionals with certificates or licenses to practice various professions.

With 15 different courses in a range of topics the Village Earth/CSU program is a great program for:

K-12 teachers (especially those teaching in International Baccalaureate or Service Learning programs)
Members of Boards of Directors for organizations working a range of fields related to international community development, sustainable development, aid and relief, and missionary organizations.
People working for funding organizations that seek to better understand local needs as well as dynamics between organizations/donors and beneficiaries.
Anyone working for local governments in the areas of social work, community planning, and economic development.

Learn more about VE/CSU Online Certificate Program

For more information contact: [email protected]

Below is a list of our upcoming classes:

Upcoming Courses in the Village Earth/CSU Online Certificate Program in Community-Based Development

Summer I Session

GSLL 1524 – Social Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development

This course will examine entrepreneurship and enterprise generation as a key foundation of the development of both economic and social capital, as well as individual and community empowerment. Its main emphasis will be the exploration of entrepreneurship with an imperative to drive social change and build sustainable ventures.

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Spring II Session

GSLL 1517 – Community-Based Organizing

Taking a practical “hands-on” perspective, this course will explore the theories, tools, styles and challenges of community-based organizing. It will discuss practical strategies for developing community leadership and working with marginalized communities, exploring the ideas and examples from Evo Morales, Paulo Freire, Saul Alinsky, Sub-Comandante Marcos, the Bridge Immigrant Rights experiment and Martin Heidegger.

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Spring II Session

GSLL 1512 – Micro-Finance Projects : Sustainable Community Development and the Role of Women

The role of micro-enterprises in developing communities is crucial. This course examines the process of identifying projects to fit the needs of people and equipping individuals with the basic skills to run these projects. Of particular emphasis is the role of women in the process. Projects oriented towards women are important means of increasing their self esteem – which can have far reaching economic and social impact on the entire community.

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