Professional Development

Get Onboard

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

Winter/Fall 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 (

(January 8-17, 2018) Career Counseling. The aim of this course is to introduce access and success professionals to the sub-specialty of career, vocational and lifestyle counseling. The course will focus on understanding the factors that influence vocational choice and explore how psychological knowledge can be used to help students (as well as professionals) plan appropriate careers. It will provide participants with an understanding of career development and occupational lifestyle planning.

(January 22-31, 2018) Professional Ethics in an Access and Success Program. This course is designed to provide an overview of ethical issues in higher education. Participants will discover through workplace examples and case studies how any dilemma or decision can be approached through an ethical framework. Participants will articulate and demonstrate the use of individual ethical principles and relevant professional ethical standards to enhance personal and professional development.

(February 5-14, 2018) Creating a Policy and Procedures Manual. Policies and procedures are designed to govern decisions, actions, and activities that take place within the boundaries of a program. Procedures are the specific methods employed to express policies in action in the day-to-day operations of the organization. Together, policies and procedures ensure that a point of view held by the program is translated into steps that result in an outcome desired by the program and institution/agency. In this course, participants will receive a better understanding on how to create policy and procedures that make sense for their program.

(February 19-28, 2018) Family Involvement. Parents and families have the most direct and lasting impact on children’s learning. When parents are involved, students achieve more, demonstrate more positive attitudes and behaviors, and feel more comfortable. Families are crucial partners to the TRIO community. With all the conflicting priorities competing for the time of families, how do we get parents involved in our programs? This class focuses on techniques to promote parent involvement using telephone conversations, family groups, newsletters, notes, and workshops, teaching families how to ask for help, and volunteering — all strategies designed to develop relationships of mutual trust with the families we serve.