Professional Development

Learn more about COE’s customized technical assistance, in-person and virtual seminars, online courses, webinars, communities of practice, proposal writing workshops, COE’s annual conference, and other idea exchanges.


2022-2023 Talent Search Annual Performance Report Preparation

October 04, 2023,

Join us for an insightful session where our presenters will guide you step by step through the Annual Performance Report (APR) preparation, helping you unravel the fields and essential data required for this crucial program report. Don’t miss this opportunity to ace your APR submission!
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Free Training

Virtual P6: Management Institute for New TRIO Directors

November 15 — 17, 2023,

Presented by the U.S. Department of Education, the Management Institute is designed to empower new TRIO directors by enhancing their expertise and managerial acumen essential for effective administration of TRIO initiatives; spanning two days of comprehensive professional growth, attendees will gain insights into the legislative framework and regulations shaping their programs, along with essential foundations for participant recruitment, hiring, and support, and will also benefit from ongoing mentorship by an experienced peer to assist in applying Institute-acquired knowledge in the subsequent months.
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Let COE Assist Your College Access and Success Program

Get real-time technical assistance to ensure compliance with federal grant guidelines and more.

Get customized, real-time help on your campus or at your institution.

technical Assistance

New director? New program? These webinars help you start off right and learn the pillars of good project management.

Don’t Miss This

Get help accessing and analyzing data before you submit the APR.


Connect your program staff to myriad free or low-cost virtual trainings.


Master key competencies in TRIO operations and earn a certificate to verify your proficiency.

Online Courses

Stay up to date with TRIO laws and regulations to keep your program running strong.

compliance assessment

Upcoming Events

Enhance the services you provide low-income, first-generation students and students with disabilities to increase their chances of success.

manuals and guidelines

Let COE help you build a better program

Contact Neda Wickson at [email protected] to purchase the manuals below.


Perhaps you’ve been struggling to take the leap on this project for a few weeks or even months. You are well aware that a policy and procedure manual will help you in a number of practical ways. A well-organized manual is a critical tool for orienting and training your staff.

The Department of Education, Office of Federal TRIO Programs performs site visits (also referred to as program reviews) at individual campuses hosting TRIO programs. We hope this manual assists you in communicating those accomplishments to site visitors to the U.S. Department of Education.

communities of practice

connect with college access & success professionals throughout our network

COE maintains several Communities of Practice that allow college access and success practitioners to share best practices and cultivate new ideas. Membership to any of the communities discussed in more detail below is free.


The COE International Access Community of Practice will provide a space for college opportunity professionals and their campus colleagues and partners to gain and share knowledge about helping the students they serve achieve global competence. Join us to forge connections, access resources related to studying abroad for students and professionals, and exchange information on best practices!

This community of practice aims to generate knowledge and evidence about practices that best serve our students. Community members see research, evaluation, and evidence-supported practices as crucial to improving the success of college access and success programs. Members also believe that knowledge, strategies, and techniques developed in the many successful programs around the country should be documented and shared with the larger community of college access and success professionals. Finally, this community hopes to share practical, innovative methods for evaluating the success of each program. Overall, this community of practice functions as a place to facilitate the sharing of ideas, network, and connect institutions in search of ways to support our students’ academic access and success.

The STEM Community of Practice seeks to generate a place for members to develop a body of common knowledge, practices, and approaches to promoting students toward STEM proficiency and careers. Areas of interest include program delivery and design, STEM resources, collaborations, and professional development. This community seeks to understand the challenges and opportunities related to the provision of STEM support in college access and success programs in different locals, and to build quality relationships among STEM educators, providers, and related entities. The ultimate goal is to support students’ opportunities and aspirations to pursue STEM courses of study that will lead to satisfying careers.

The COE State Leadership Community of Practice creates a space for current and incoming state and chapter officers to collaborate and share promising practices that develop state initiatives programs and strengthen the work of their associations. The purpose of this community is to provide resources to assist states and chapters in capacity building. The State Leadership Committee strongly encourages you to engage in discussions in the forum, participate in events and webinars hosted by the community, utilize and upload documents in the resource library, and reach out and connect.

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