By Lisa King, NCAN Communication Consultant
Completing one of NCAN’s e-learning units is as easy as participating in a webinar ... Making the decision to invest the time in your professional development is the hard part. Now that our high school seniors have made their tough college decisions, we encourage you to consider completing one e-learning unit in May.
Anyone who completes a unit in May will be entered into a monthly drawing through June to receive a non-transferrable $100 discount on registration for the 2017 NCAN National Conference. Congratulations to Mariah Gay of ACCESS College Foundation, our March winner!
Simply visit NCAN’s website to review available e-learning offerings – including a just-added unit on advocacy – and register to learn. If you join NCAN today, you can enjoy a member benefit offering the e-learning platform for free to members.
Newly released and updated units include:
- Developing Early Awareness Programming: Middle School
In the early days of the college access world, our profession focused on 11th and 12th graders and the many, many tasks and deadlines that made up the college admissions and financial aid timeline at the end of high school. As our profession has grown and developed, we’ve discovered that’s not enough. Students and families need better information earlier in order to set students up for success, and planning for college now begins in middle school. Learn some basics about early awareness strategies and best practices in this unit, which will focus on building solid informational programs for parents, using online resources to encourage student planning and timelines, and creating an early awareness culture in our schools.
- Advocacy for College Access and Success
The Advocacy for College Access and Success unit helps nonprofits understand how they can advocate, and even lobby, for government action that can help increase college access and success for students. The goal of this unit is to learn what nonprofits can legally do, and the best strategies for achieving those goals. Topics covered include the difference between advocacy and lobbying, how to be an effective advocate, and how to prepare for a meeting with an elected official.
Watch for two new units to be available soon: Student Success 101 and Adult Learners.
Thank you to the following new organizations for supporting employees in their professional growth during the months of February and March.
- Achieve Minneapolis
- College Advising Corps
- College Bound St. Louis
- College Visions
- Crosby Scholars
- Michigan College Access Network
- Missouri College Advising Corps
- Philadelphia Higher Education Network for Neighborhood Development
- Purdue University
- Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara
- The Iredell County Crosby Scholars Community Partnership
- University Settlement Society of New York