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TRAININGS FREE ONLINE COURSES WEBINARS ONBOARD COMPLIANCE ASSESSMENT NO BETTER TIME

Trainings

Priority 4 — Financial Aid, Financial Literacy and Admissions
Tuesday, February 16 to Thursday, February 18, 2021
11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. (ET) each day
Funded by the U.S. Department of Education , this training increases knowledge and skills in: 1) Financial and Economic Literacy, 2) Transfer Services and College Selection, 3) Admissions for Precollege, Undergraduate, and Graduate Students, 4) Technological Tools to Increase Participation, 5) Services for Adults and Veterans; and 6) Building Relationships with Key Aid Administrators. Each day includes two one hour breaks.

New Directors — Assisting in the First Year Managing Your Program
Tuesday, March 2 to Wednesday, March 3, 2021
10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. (ET)
Target Audience — Student Support Services and McNair
Tuesday, March 9 to Wednesday, March 10, 2021
10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. (ET)
Target Audience — EOC, TS, VUB, UB and UB Math/Science
$400.00 for Members, $800.00 for Non-Members

McNair and SSS, whether you are a brand-new director or a seasoned director wanting a refresher, this training lays the groundwork for recruiting and serving participants, hiring the right staff and learning the regulations guiding your program.

Legislation and Regulations
Wednesday, April 14, and Thursday, April 15, 2021
11:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. ET (both days)
Target Audience — Talent Search, UB and UB Math/Science
Wednesday, April 21, and Thursday, April 22, 2021
11:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. ET (both days)
Target Audience — McNair and Student Support Services
Wednesday, April 28, and Thursday, April 29, 2021
11:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. ET (both days)
Target Audience — EOC and Veterans Upward Bound
 
 
$400.00 for Members, $800.00 for Non-Members

This virtual professional development assists TRIO directors and staff in learning the legislation and regulations guiding their programs. COE discusses the legislation, TRIO-specific regulations, the Education Department Guidelines (EDGAR) and OMB Uniform Cost Circulars, and revising your budgets. For seasoned professionals, COE analyzes reporting and evaluation. For new professionals, COE assists on working with your program specialist. This training includes policies and regulations that have been implemented during COVID-19.

Free Online Courses

We are excited to announce the following courses have been made available for FREE through the Priority 4: Improving Financial Aid and Admissions Outcomes & Increasing Economic Literacy grant sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education. The following are asynchronous online self-directed courses available to any TRIO staff via CourseSites by the BlackBoard platform, made accessible for participation at any time and location at no cost until August 2022. These self-directed courses are meant to offer additional information and supplement the topics related to the Priority 4 Trainings. For further information about the Priority 4 Training or help in accessing the courses below, contact Maiah Matthews at (maiah.matthews@coenet.org).

Effective Collaborative Strategies for Financial and Economic Literacy
Assist in increasing trainees' ability to raise participants’ level of financial literacy.
• Provide trainees with the necessary tools to help participants become more financially savvy and self-empowered.
• Assist TRIO staff to provide services to participants to help them make more informed and strategic decisions regarding their finances and how to better use financial aid funds.
• Provide strategies to increase access for TRIO participants to financial education and asset building resources.
• Provide assets to build collaboration with service providers in the grantee institution, in the local community, and through online resources.

TRIO 101
Enumerate each of the TRIO programs.
• Examine TRIO’s authorization through the Higher Education Act and its Administration within the Student Support Division of the U.S. Department of Education.
• Provide a history of TRIO programs to project personnel who may be new or have limited experience with TRIO programs.
• Provide an overview of TRIO programs to project personnel who may be new or have limited experience with TRIO programs.
• Provide an overview of TRIO regulatory documents and links to these documents.

COMING SOON! — A Toolkit to Establish Money Mentors and a Financial Wellness Club to Institute Financial Literacy among Students and Staff
Assist TRIO staff participation in financial literacy self-assessment with students.
• Provide pre- and post- financial self-assessments.
• Provide trainees with a toolkit to identify components of a financial wellness center.
• Develop student Money Mentors as participant peers.
• Provide list of resources to identify speakers to address topics such as salary considerations by academic career, salary negotiations, entrepreneurs and internships, food bank benefits, and/or alternative housing and rent considerations.
• Provide a list of money habit games, envelop systems, and other tools to diversify financial literacy learning.

Webinars

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!

Risk Management Series for TRIO Programs
Thursday, January 14, 2021
3:00 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. (ET)
TRIO and Risk Management (TRM): The Fundamentals
Creating a baseline of knowledge, this session will expose participants to the various categories of risk. Starting from the "why" participants will learn to look through key lenses to that can enhance all aspects of their TRIO program. By thinking about opportunities and risk through these lenses, in the end, your program will be stronger.
Thursday, February 11, 2021
3:00 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. (ET)
Developing the Risk Management Mindset
Understanding there are opportunities to evaluate and mitigate risk in every TRIO program, this webinar focuses on the "how." By outlining a five-step process of how to think about managing risk, participants will leave this session with tangible next steps to improve their program and practices.
Thursday, March 11, 2021
11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. (ET)
Working with Minors, Not Just for Pre-College Programs
Every TRIO program has opportunities to engage with students and children under the age of 18. Working with minors requires an additional level of oversight and program development to ensure participant and program safety Participants will learn about the most effective risk management strategies for creating safe environments for minors and program staff.
Tuesday, April 13, 2021
3:00 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. (ET)
10 Areas of Risk for TRIO Programs and How to Mitigate Them
This session demonstrates where best practices come from and why we use them. Participants in this webinar will learn about other areas of programming (think: trips, home visits, shared programming, etc.) that can be improved when planned through a risk management lens.
$350.00 for Members, $700.00 for Non-Members

This four-part TRM series helps TRIO professionals learn about risk management in the context of college access and success programming. Each session challenges participants to think beyond compliance and support the development of effective risk assessment practices. Register for all four sessions and receive a 25% discount!

Connect, Discuss, and Learn with COE
Wednesday, February 10, 2021
11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. (ET)
Target Audience — COLLEGE PROGRAMS
Region — ASPIRE, NEOA, EOA, SWASAP, AEEE
Wednesday, February 10, 2021
3:00 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. (ET)
Target Audience — PRE-COLLEGE PROGRAMS
Region — NAEOP, WESTOP, MEAEOPP, CAEOP, SAEOPP
Friday, February 12, 2021
11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. (ET)
Target Audience — PRE-COLLEGE PROGRAMS
Region — ASPIRE, NEOA, EOA, SWASAP, AEEE
Friday, February 12, 2021
3:00 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. (ET)
Target Audience — COLLEGE PROGRAMS
Region — NAEOP, WESTOP, MEAEOPP, CAEOP, SAEOPP
Monday, April 19, 2021
11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. (ET)
Target Audience — PRE-COLLEGE PROGRAMS
Region — ASPIRE, NEOA, EOA, SWASAP, AEEE
Monday, April 19, 2021
3:00 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. (ET)
Target Audience — COLLEGE PROGRAMS
Region — NAEOP, WESTOP, MEAEOPP, CAEOP, SAEOPP
Tuesday, April 20, 2021
11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. (ET)
Target Audience — COLLEGE PROGRAMS
Region — ASPIRE, NEOA, EOA, SWASAP, AEEE
Tuesday, April 20, 2021
3:00 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. (ET)
Target Audience — PRE-COLLEGE PROGRAMS
Region — NAEOP, WESTOP, MEAEOPP, CAEOP, SAEOPP
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 (vanessa.ramirez@coenet.org).

Annual Performance Reports (APR)
Though the live Annual Performance Reports (APR) webinars have already passed, COE has each recording for purchase. If interested, please contact Neda Wickson at (neda.wickson@coenet.org) to discuss payment. All webinar recordings will be available until submission deadlines for all the APRs that have passed.

Smart Start for New SSS Projects
Thursday, February 4, 2021
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. (ET)
COSTFree for Everyone!

Congratulations on securing your new SSS grant! Join us to help you start off right. COE will review important documents and terminology, key steps that should be completed within the first 90 days, and organizations available to support your grants success.

Onboard

February Onboarding — (Tuesday and Thursday, February 23 and 25) 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET. (both days). — 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.

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

For more information about the Onboarding Orientation and Professional Development trainings, please click here.

Compliance Assessment & Technical Assistance

Interested in learning about the Council for Opportunity in Education's compliance assessment and technical assistance services? Click here to find more information.

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!