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Legislation and Regulations Gone Virtual
This virtual professional development is designed to assist TRIO directors in learning the legislation and regulations guiding their programs. COE will discuss the legislation, specific TRIO regulations, the Education Department Guidelines (EDGAR) and OMB Uniform Cost Circulars and budget revisions. Seasoned professionals receive discussion on reporting and evaluation while new professionals get assistance working with program specialists. This virtual training includes policies and regulations that have been implemented during COVID-19.
August 11-12, 2020
11:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. (ET) [both days]
Target Audience — VUB and EOC
August 17-18, 2020
11:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. (ET) [both days]
Target Audience — Talent Search, Upward Bound, UB Math/Science
  August 24-25, 2020
11:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. (ET) [both days]
Target Audience — McNair and Student Support Services


The Council for Opportunity in Education (COE) is exploring innovative and economical ways to bring professional development training to the comfort of your office. We have begun a series of trainings that involve participation through a combination of web-based presentations and conference calls called Webinars. These low-cost trainings (no travel, lodging, or meal costs) will enable program staff to receive high quality professional development and remain in their office to provide services to their participants with minimal interruption. Space is limited. Register early!

Spotlight on the I’m First! Guide to College
Monday, July 20, 2020
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. (ET)
The I'm First! Guide to College — an initiative of Strive for College — is the only college guidebook designed uniquely for low-income and first-generation college-bound students. Learn how two TRIO directors are using the guide with their Upward Bound and Talent Search programs to empower students on the path to college. TRIO providers will also learn how to take advantage of special discounts from COE.
Presenters — Matt Rubinoff, Editor-in-Chief of the I’m First Guide to College and Chief Strategy Officer at Strive for College; Frances Clark, Director of TRIO Programs at Virginia Tech; and Jakyrra Tyson, Director of the TRIO Talent Search Program at Rutgers University-Newark
Slide Deck Document is available for download (.pdf) • Recording from April 1, 2020Recording from April 29, 2020
To help our TRIO community, COE extends a digital booklet offer for all orders over 50 physical books. Submit orders by May 29, 2020, to receive the digital booklets.
The following discount codes are for Institutional Members only.
• Use code 20OFF2020COE for 20% off • Use code 30OFF2020COE for 30% off a "class set" of 20 or more books • Use code 40OFF2020COE for 40% off for 50 or more books • Use code 50OFF2020COE for 50% off for 100 or more books

Connect, Discuss, and Learn with COE
Tuesday, July 7, 2020
11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. (ET)
Target Audience — COLLEGE PROGRAMS
Tuesday, July 7, 2020
3:00 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. (ET)
Wednesday, July 8, 2020
11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. (ET)
Wednesday, July 8, 2020
3:00 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. (ET)
Target Audience — COLLEGE PROGRAMS
COE is offering a place for the TRIO community to have an opportunity to connect with peers, discuss current challenges, and learn current legislative and regulatory authority to help you run your program through this crisis. Attendees will get up-to-date information from Capitol Hill and the U.S. Department of Education and have the chance to share helpful practices that are working for them. We are in this together. If you have any questions, please contact Vanessa Ramirez at (

Site Visit Basics
Wednesday, July 15, 2020
2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. (ET)
In this webinar, learn how to create a Policy and Procedures Manual that represents your program’s methods of operation and helps you organize information for thorough on boarding of new staff and in preparation for site visits. Policies and procedures influence and determine the decisions, actions and activities within the boundaries of a program. Procedures describe specific methods used to express active policies in daily operations of the organization. Together, policies and procedures ensure that a program’s approach produces desirable outcomes for the program and institution or agency.

Creating a Policy and Procedures Manual
Wednesday, July 22, 2020
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. (ET)
This webinar illustrates the purpose of a site visit, trends in how sites are selected, parties involved, and materials you need to prepare. It's designed to provide TRIO personnel the knowledge needed to prepare campuses, staff, and students for a site visit. This webinar costs $350 per person for Members and $750 per person for Non-Members.


Onboarding Virtual Training
July 28-July 30, 2020
Three 90-minute sessions over three days

Tuesday, July 28 — 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. ET — Understanding Your Program in Context of Your Institution's Mission and Your Funder's Anticipated Outcomes
Wednesday, July 29 — 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. ET — New Director, Structuring Services to Meet Desired Outcomes, Part 1
Wednesday, July 29 — 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. ET — New Personnel, Adolescent and Adult Development with Emphasis on Low-Income, First-Generation Individuals
Thursday, July 30 — 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. ET — New Director, Human Resource Issues in College Access and Success
Thursday, July 30 — 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. ET — New Personnel, Financial Aid
Thursday, July 30 — 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. ET — Wrap-Up, Online Module selection, and Evaluation
This virtual training brings both those new to college access and success and those in need of a refresher quickly up to speed with three modes of learning. Register for either the full four-part series or just one webinar. 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. Please contact Dr. Nicole Norfles at (202) 347-7430 or ( if you have any questions.

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

Compliance Assessment & Technical Assistance

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No Better Time to Reinvent Your Program

We recognize the impacts of COVID-19 and understand the necessary steps institutions are taking to contain the virus will continue for many weeks, possibly even months. As a result there is NO BETTER TIME (NBT) for professionals to get guidance for continuing student services through this protracted time. Register online for a virtual academy today!