Undergraduate Searight PACE Certificate Programs

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 Searight Professional and Continuing Education (PACE) program offers very specific, courses to enhance the skill levels of professionals. (Classes are offered online and in-person at the Charlotte Center unless otherwise noted.)

Leadership Certificate

Gardner-Webb University’s Searight Leadership Certificate (SLC) will leverage the institution’s world-class instructional assets to accelerate skill development by students from diverse backgrounds as they prepare for top corporate jobs.

Entrepreneurship Certificate

Gardner-Webb University’s Searight Entrepreneurship Certificate provides a foundation for students interested in starting their own businesses and impacting society.


If you are looking for any other CPE credits, please e-mail [email protected] for more information. Classes are held at the Gardner-Webb University Charlotte Center, corporate sites and through online.

If you are interested in offering a short course with compensation, please contact Dr. Anthony Negbenebor at [email protected].

Gardner-Webb University Searight Professional and Continuing Education program reserves the right to postpone, cancel or delete any course based on insufficient enrollment or other factors that may affect the class.

I love taking GWU PACE courses because they are affordable and have helped me tremendously in my community.  I have more confidence now to volunteer in my community projects and it feels good to be given back.  Thank you PACE for providing these courses at a reasonable price and time that are very convenient to all.  I am looking forward to taking more courses.
— Jane Brow (JB)
PACE 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
As a middle school teacher, the information was very useful and eye opening.  I was unaware of the different ways the pandemic could affect not only my students, but my colleagues as well.  I feel more capable of helping my students and colleagues adjust better now that we need to get back into the swing of things.
— Becky Armburger
I am a medical doctor and my wife insisted that I take this PACE course with her.  I was glad I did.  The instruction was excellent and the interaction in the class with other participants was well managed by the teacher.  To my surprise, I had many take-aways that I am now using in my practice. The course was very practical and impactful.
— Dr. J.E. Halstead