Professional Development

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Hit the Ground RunningCouncil for Opportunity in Education's Orientation and Professional Development Program for College Access and Success Professionals

New to college access and success? Or, do you need a refresher? COE's Onboarding Orientation and Professional Development is designed to bring you quickly up to speed with three modes of learning. First, a one-on-one conversation with a supervisor identifies pressing professional development needs. Second, an on-site, in-person workshop affords the opportunity to connect to leader experts from other programs. Finally, the online learning modules enable practitioners to review the history, resources, regulations and effective strategies to do their job competently and successfully.

COE Point of Contact — Dr. Nicole Norfles, (202) 347-7430 or (

Saturday, February 3, 2018 — Savannah, Georgia
Hyatt Regency Hotel
2 West Bay Street • Savannah, GA • 31401-1107
DOWNLOADSTentative Agenda Document is available for download (.pdf)
RESERVATIONS(912) 238-1234
GROUP ROOM RATE$179.00 Single/Double (plus state & local taxes) — GROUP CODESAEOPP 2018 Group Name
CUT-OFF DATE • (January 17, 2018) or when the Council's room block is full

Step 1One on One Consultation. When a person registers for the Orientation and Professional Development, the Council for Opportunity in Education (COE) will schedule a meeting with the employee to gauge his / her specific needs.

Step 2In-Person Training. The person will choose an on-site training to attend. This one day event will provide the framework needed for their position.

Step 3Online Modules / Two Week Courses. COE offers over 15 relevant courses for you to be successful in working in your position. You have 1.5 years to choose and complete courses. Online Modules previously offered include: Professional Ethics in an Access and Success Program; Getting Recognition for the Work You Do; Using Student Tracking Data to Improve Your Program; Getting Family Involvement in Your Programs; Examining Bridging Programs; Career Counseling; and Admissions and College Match.

Pricing Members Non-Members
Phone Consult + On-Site Training + 3- Online 10-Day Courses $800 $1,500
Phone Consult + On-Site Training + 5- Online 10-Day Courses $1,100 $1,900

Online Courses

Below are the online courses scheduled. Sign up today by completing this form Document is available for download (.pdf) and sending to ( (remember, you must be a paid participant of the Onboarding package). For questions please e-mail ( or (

(April 9-18, 2018) Essentials for Budgeting. This course provides an overview of TRIO budgets and ways to effectively utilize your budget plan to accomplish project objectives. After a short review of TRIO program specific regulations and OMB Circulars governing costs, assignments and activities will focus on financial resources in a flexible, productive budget. Assignments include revising the 17-18 budget you originally sent in to ED the beginning of the fiscal year. Discussion posts with other course participants for exchange of ideas and networking opportunities.

(April 23-May 2, 2018) Structuring Services to Meet Desired Outcomes, Part I (same as the Onboarding on-site session). Part 1 of this two-part workshop will examine legislative outcomes for each of the TRIO programs, and the role that outcomes play in the development of project objectives. We will also examine the relationship of GPRA requirements and project outcomes. Each TRIO project will identify both mandatory and permissible services, as prescribed in the Higher Education Opportunity Act. Workshop participants will discuss the relationship of legislative services and project objectives. The workshop will culminate in an understanding of the interactive roles of legislative intent, project services and objectives, and GPRA reporting.

(May 7-16, 2018) Strategies to Work with Students with Disabilities for College Programs. The lack of support for low-income students with learning and/or physical disabilities frequently leads to educational disengagement and low graduation rates. In this course participants learn to identify and recognize common signs of undiagnosed/undisclosed (?) learning disabilities, examine the accessibility of your program, resources available and strategies to work with students of varying abilities.

(May 21-30, 2018) Navigating the Rules, Regulations and Policies of Working on a Federal Grant. Do you ask yourself, "Should I follow the OMB Uniform Guidance when it contradicts TRIO regulations? What are the OMB Uniform Guidance regulations? When do I need approval from my program specialist and when does the institution/agency have the authority to make decisions without approval?" If you answered yes, then this course is for you! Designed to assist both new and experienced TRIO professionals, this course helps navigate the hierarchy of legislation and regulations that govern federal grants and is designed to empower staff to know where to look when trying to obtain guidance when budgeting and making programmatic decisions.

(June 18-27, 2018) Recruiting Strategies. Target population, low-income, eligibility, first-generation, verification, compliance, duplication of services, citizenship etc. have the rules and regulations that govern your program stifled your recruitment strategies? It is time to step out of the box that confines your creativity and focus on targeted marketing to increase awareness of and the applications to your program. The words we use to recruit our target population frequently stop those most suited for our services from applying. They don't want to be associated with a poverty program or a program that serves students with disabilities. Does our approach welcome or repel? This course introduce s you to strategies that will get your recruiting materials into the right hands through marketing partnerships, collaborations, use of data, and allows you to experiment with new platforms.

(July 16-25, 2018) Retention Strategies for College Programs. Performance based funding and other political factors have many institutions shifting from a student recruitment focus to a student retention focus. Participants in this course will take a look at a number of evidence based retention strategies and dissect if or how they could work in their TRIO program. The course is designed for robust retention conversations and sharing of experiences between participants.

(July 30-August 8, 2018) Working with Diverse Populations. This course provides an overview of sociocultural identity, with an emphasis on how identity impacts access and success programs. Issues of sociocultural identity have been shown to impact educational outcomes. As such, it is imperative for access and success professionals to be aware of the dynamic between identity and the student experience. This course will describe various sociocultural identity development models, frameworks for applying cultural competence to practice, and systems of privilege and oppression at the societal, institutional, group, and individual levels. A special focus will be placed on how various sociocultural identities intersect and impact the educational experience of students from low-income, first-generation college going, and other underrepresented backgrounds.

(August 13-22, 2018) Structuring Services to Meet Desired Outcomes, Part II. Part II builds off the on-site training and discusses effective strategies to meet legislative outcomes and project objectives. Using the last funded grant proposal, course participants will identify their project's strategies to meet objectives and how each contribute to the accomplishment of prescribed outcomes. Participants will examine factors that influence the delivery of services to project participants/clients as well as investigate effective ways to evaluate project outcomes and why evaluation is important. Participants will develop a logic model to link objectives, services, and evaluation techniques to illustrate the relationship between these components.