New Academic Certificate Launching Fall 2023!

Sustainable Cooperative Development

Build sustainable community-invested cooperatives

Enroll Here: Academic Certificate Enrollment


Certificate Overview

       Credits: 16

       Duration: 3 quarters

       Next start term: Fall 2022

       Location: Online with synchronous meeting times

       Schedule: Varies – See course descriptions below for more information

What you’ll learn

This three-course certificate will introduce you to the history of the cooperative movement and will provide foundational skills required to build a successful socially and environmentally sustainable, community-invested cooperative.

In this certificate you’ll learn how to:

  • Develop a business plan for a sustainable cooperative enterprise that contributes to a triple bottom line
  • Be a partner and ally for a solidarity economy
  • Start a cooperative enterprise, including recruiting members
  • Work and communicate effectively in a democratically structured team

This certificate is offered in partnership by Evergreen’s Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership and Transformational Change (CELTC) and the Northwest Cooperative Development Center (NWCDC).

Certificate prerequisites and fees

Students will need access to high-speed internet and a computer with an updated web browser to conduct online research, run Zoom and Evergreen’s online learning management system, Canvas.

A $50 course fee will be charged for the final course of this certificate sequence, Cooperatives Development Lab.

Certificate coursework

This certificate consists of 16 undergraduate credits.


The CELTC is pleased to announce our first academic certificate:

https://www.evergreen.edu/certificates/academic-certificates

Transformative Leadership Certificate

Transformative leaders support meaningful and positive change by working with others to identify and create change within an organization in a way that can increase group morale, lead to innovation, improve working relationships, and foster a sense of ownership within an organization or enterprise. Students who complete this certificate will be able to motivate, inspire, and lead themselves, teams, and organizations through complex and challenging circumstances. 

This 20-credit certificate requires the completion of three four-credit courses (12 credits in total) that focus on leading self, others, and organization. In addition, students will select eight credits in elective offerings that include organizational or coaching psychology, leadership and neuroscience, or principles of management. 

The purpose of this certificate is to help students develop skills that support entrepreneurship and leadership at all levels of organization. These skills include effective communication to inspire action, emotional and social intelligence, self-awareness, adaptability, and coaching, among others.   

The certificate requires completion of a total of 20 undergraduate credits.

Core Courses

Elective Courses (Choose two 4 credits or the 8 credit):