Professional and Continuing Education (PACE)

GWU PACE is closely monitoring the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation.  We are continuing normal operations at our university by offering all our GWU PACE courses online and are utilizing technology to work remotely.  Please feel free to contact us if you have questions.  We will respond as soon as we receive your request.


GWU PACE is the Gardner-Webb University Professional and Continuing Education program. Gardner-Webb University is known for undergraduate and graduate programs that prepare students for successful careers. Building on our nationally recognized academic strength, and under the leadership of President William Downs and our world-class faculty, the Professional and Continuing Education (PACE) program offers very specific, non-credit courses to enhance the skill levels of professionals ranging from entry level to mid-management, executive, and beyond.

These courses provide you with real world capabilities, based on current trends and research, that will advance your career and improve your effectiveness.

The GWU PACE Program offers certificate programs from different disciplines to help you improve your skills and impact society. It also offers fully customized training modules in partnership with corporations and other institutions that govern and issue discipline or specialized certificates. The GWU PACE is well positioned to offer SAP TS-410, PMP, AI/BLK, SFT, CPE credits and to mention but a few. Classes are held at the Gardner-Webb University Charlotte Center, corporate sites and through online.

All short (1, 2 or 3 days; some for few weeks) non-credit courses are taught by GWU faculty members and come with a certificate of completion. Several of our faculty members are developing courses to meet the demands of our society. Stay tuned for future courses. If you are interested in offering a short course with compensation, please contact Dr. Anthony Negbenebor at

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Summer 2020 Schedule

Course #
PACE 100
5/1 – 5/16
PACE 105
Crisis Mgt. / COVID-19
9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
PACE 109
7/21 & 7/28
6-8 p.m.
PACE 110
7/27 & 7/28
6-8 p.m.
PACE 301
5/18 & 5/20
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
PACE 302
5/26 & 5/28
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
PACE 341
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
PACE 393
PACE 394
PACE 395

Course Descriptions

PACE 100 - Para-legal

The program relates to areas of law in which paralegals are in high demand and is taught by attorneys that are highly respected in their areas of law. Students will learn an overview of the law, and will receive training to prepare legal documents, research the law, interview witnesses, and assist in preparation for litigation. The program is designed for those looking to increase their knowledge and training in the legal workplace, or seeking a career as a paralegal. Upon graduation, you will receive a certificate and be qualified to fill relevant positions in banks, insurance companies, real estate companies, private law offices, corporations, and government agencies.

PACE 108 - Using Diet & Exercise to Improve Your Health

This course will help participants answer fundamental questions about diet and exercise. It will also guide participants in the blending of changes to improve diet, exercise habits and well being.

Dr. David J Granniss is the Chair, Professor and teaches in the Exercise Science program at Gardner-Webb University. He earned is PhD in Exercise Physiology from Springfield College and also holds certifications with the National Strength & Conditioning Association and the International Society of Sports Nutrition. He resides in Shelby with his
wife and two teenage sons.

PACE 109 - Caring for Individuals With Advanced Illness

Caring for individuals with advanced illness and limited life expectancy creates many questions and challenging conversations. This course is designed as an overview of physical, social, and emotional considerations as you care for individuals facing end of life. Participants will have an opportunity to discuss end-of-life issues with an experienced health care professional in this highly interactive online workshop.

PACE 110 - Psychological Response To Post-COVID-19

This seminar is based on psychological research. The presenter has designed it for high school and college educators and counselors who anticipate plans for a healthy “New Normal” 2020-21 academic school year. Participants will also gain knowledge to understand and preapare for traumatic stress symptomology. Particular attention will be given to
important self-care strategies while supporting and caring for students. Educators and counselors are resilient and tenacious in caring for students, and it is important for educators to have collaborative tools to feel supported as they are providing support.

PACE 301 - Excel Level 1

Taught by Godbold School of Business professor Dr. Felice Policastro, this Microsoft Excel 1 workshop is designed for all who wish to know how to use Microsoft Excel for their business, school, or place of work. Excel is a spreadsheet app that allows you to create, view, edit, and share files quickly and easily, in addition to managing spreadsheets, table, and workbooks attached to email messages. At the end of the interactive workshop, participants will receive a certificate.

PACE 302 - Excel Level 2

Taught by Godbold School of Business professor Dr. Felice Policastro, this Intermediate Microsoft Excel 2 workshop is designed for all excel basic users who wish to learn intermediate advance functions of Microsoft Excel for their business, school, or place of work. This workshop will cover the use of formulas in a table, prepare a workbook for distribution, work with PivotTable, GETPIVOTDATA, etc. At the end of the interactive workshop, participants will receive a certificate.

PACE 341 - The Science of Climate Change on Human Health

An introduction to evidence based causes of Global Climate change. Students will also have opportunity to explore
different changes to the natural environment, ecosystems and human societies caused directly or indirectly by global climate change. Effects on organism, human health, agriculture and international implications will be examined.

PACE 393/394/395 - SAP Lite/SAP Lite Plus/SAP Full

SAP is the market leader in enterprise application software. With a command of SAP, you have employment opportunities across 25 industries including energy and national resources, financial services, manufacturing, healthcare, public services, and services industries. This is a ten-week full time program of hands on instruction. Students complete 5 non-credit courses.

Available to transitioning soldiers, veterans and traditional students. Completion of the program and passing the TS 410 Certificate exam will result in SAP Certification.

“The course provided me with a priceless opportunity to meet and interact with active duty and veterans of various branches of the armed forces, as well as other individuals who are doing amazing things in their careers and lives. It also provided me the opportunity to learn a new skill that will compliment my current skill set and allow me to have broader opportunities for roles throughout several different industry types.” - Corey L. Brown

“I didn’t anticipate learning and retaining quality material, but the curriculum really worked. The long hours created a bond with the other students and instructors that has definitely impacted my life for the better.” - Vanessa Green