Get Onboard in Austin, TX, at SWASAP's 2019 Annual Conference!

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 to identify pressing program and professional development needs. Second, attend a full-day on-site, in-person workshop to connect to leader experts from other programs. Finally, get access to online learning modules to enable a review of the history, resources, regulations and effective strategies to do the job competently and successfully. The online learning can begin immediately.

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

November 3, 2019 — Austin, TX
Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol
701 East 11th Street • Austin, TX • 78701-2622 • (512) 478-1111
REGISTRATION DEADLINE • (October 17, 2019)
DOWNLOADSTentative Agenda Document is available for download (.pdf)
RESERVATIONSHost hotel is sold out. Please check other local options.

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 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 the position.

Step 3Online Modules / Two Week Courses. COE offers over 15 relevant courses to ensure success in one position. Participants have 1.5 years to choose and complete courses. Again, the online learning can begin immediately after registration.

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 Summer 2019 Onboarding courses (if none are listed, please check back at a later date). 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 11-20, 2019) 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 the professional) plan appropriate careers. It will provide the students with an understanding of career development and occupational lifestyle planning.
Faculty — David Rivera.

(December 2-11, 2019) Recruiting and Selecting Students for your Pre-College Youth Programs (TS/UB/UBMS). Do you struggle in reaching your number funded to serve? Have you been meeting all your objectives? If you have problems with either of these questions, then the answer may lie in your recruitment and selection policy. This course examines effective ways to target your student population, identify students who have a need for your services but who also have potential for success. We will also discuss effective recruitment strategies, strategic selection policies and eligibility and other criteria for selection of participants. We will take an overall look at how recruiting and selecting students impact your objective attainment and how providing optimum services will help your program meet participants’ identified needs.
Faculty — Amy Verlanic.