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 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.

Onboard Series

(Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, August 24, 25 and 26) 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET. (each day). — Hit the ground running with three modes of learning. Participants can register for either just one webinar in the series or all four parts. Once registered, selection and participation of online course learning can begin immediately. Cost is $350 per session, depending on Membership status.

Online Courses

Course will be accessed through the platform CourseSites. After registering, you will be given instructions on how to enter into the CourseSites platform three to four days before the start date. This course does not have any live sessions but this is not self-pace. You will be assigned tasks, assignments and post discussions that will be due on specific dates within the 10 days.

(June 14-23) Components of an Effective McNair Project's Operation Plan. This course reviews the nine criteria in the Plan of Operation as well as re-thinking the entire design of the project. Participants will review research studies as well as best practices in program design. How do you incorporate technology in your design? How do you partner with faculty and other stakeholders to provide program services? What should you consider when you formulate each of the plans required in this section of the proposal? How does what you have learned from COVID-19 change your new programming? Learn from each other as you share best practices in selection, service delivery, records management, and scholar preparation for graduate school success. FacultyJon Crider, Texas Tech University; Michael Hunt, University of Maryland, Baltimore County; Alice Ho, University of California Los Angeles and Kim Rosfeld, Southern Nazarene University.

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

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