Professional Development


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

New to college access and success? COE's Onboarding Orientation and Professional Development is designed to bring you quickly up to speed in 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 learning modules enable practitioners to review the history, resources, regulations and effective strategies to do their job competently and successfully.

Onboarding provides all registrants with a phone consult, onsite training and three one-week online courses at minimum. Additionally, professionals have the opportunity to register for an additional online one-week course. If you are a new college access and success director or project professional, this professional development opportunity would be great for you.

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 what his / her specific needs are.

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 / Online One Week Courses. COE will offer relevant courses for you to be successful in working in your position. You have 1.5 years to choose and complete courses.

Modules are offered year round, Summer and Fall 2017, and Winter 2018. A few of the offerings include — Working with Diverse Populations; Navigating the Rules, Regulations and Policies of Working on a Federal Grant ; Creating a Policy and Procedure Manual; Getting Recognition for the Work You Do; Using Student Tracking Data to Improve Your Program; Examining Bridging Programs; Career Counseling; and Admissions and College Match.

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

Pricing Members Non-Members
Phone Consult + On-Site Training + Three Online One-Week Courses $800 $1,500
Phone Consult + On-Site Training + Five Online One-Week Courses $1,100 $1,900

Saturday-Sunday, November 11-12, 2017 — Schaumburg, Illinois
Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel
1551 Thoreau Drive North • Schaumburg, IL • 60173-4146
RESERVATIONS(847) 303-4100
GROUP ROOM RATE$159.00 Single/Double (plus state & local taxes) — GROUP CODEMEAOPP-EOA 2017
CUT-OFF DATE • (October 31, 2017) or when the Council's room block is full

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 (

(November 27- December 6, 2017) Examining Bridging Programs. Upward Bound and Student Support Services programs must meet expectations that their students enroll and graduate from a collegiate setting. Bridging programs are an excellent way to provide the right start for your students, but what does that look like? This course will review the models for both pre-college and college programs. Partnerships will be discussed and regulations around bridging will be examined. Participants should walk away with ways to enhance current bridge models or critically consider including a bridge program.

(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.