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4 Benefits To Attending NCAN's Spring Institutes

Monday, January 27, 2020  
Posted by: Jamese Carrell, Member Services Associate
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Do you know what NCAN's Spring Institutes are (formerly known as Spring Training)? Well, as the member services associate at NCAN, part of my role is to make sure our members are well-informed about their member benefits and take advantage of the professional development opportunities that are provided in the spring.

The Spring Institutes are a series of one-day conferences focused on a specific topic. They will feature local and regional partners as well as NCAN members. We host spring professional development events in three locations each year – the 2020 host cities are Los Angeles, New York, and Denver. Participants will learn how technology can be utilized to help scale programs and ultimately improve postsecondary attainment outcomes for all students.

Here are four key benefits to attending a Spring Institute:

1. The opportunity to take a deeper dive on a hot topic in the field.

Spring Institutes focus on one topic in depth. This year’s theme, “Leveraging Technology for Postsecondary Success,” will focus on effective strategies for scaling student programs and improving postsecondary outcomes.

2. Geographically relevant strategies.

Each Spring Institute event features local programs and speakers, which allows attendees to learn about the work happening closer to home (at both the local and state levels).

3. Local and regional networking.

Networking can seem intimidating and overwhelming. Our Spring Institute events will make it easy to develop new or strengthen existing connections and partnerships, as you will have all the varying levels of college access and success practitioners in one place at the same time.

4. An intimate, interactive learning opportunity.

Spring Institute attendees will be able to brainstorm with peers and colleagues to develop new strategies and initiatives to improve services for students. In years past, attendees have been able to participate via a think-pair-share discussion format, case studies, and live demos of student-centered platforms.

We recognize that attendees’ time is precious and we intentionally plan a day that is lively, engaging, and infuses a collaborative learning style that allows attendees to work together to find solutions and strategies on a shared issue and receive feedback from one another.

NCAN members attend Spring Institutes for free! Lunch is also provided.

Not a member? Registration is just $50.

We hope that you and your colleagues can join us for one of these professional development events that will be filled with dynamic speakers and a wealth of information.

Questions? Please email me, Jamese Carrell, at

Click on one of the locations below to register:

  • Los Angeles: Wednesday, March 18 (Host organization: California Community Foundation)
  • New York City: Wednesday, March 25 (Host organization: Carnegie Corporation of NYC)
  • Denver: Thursday, April 23 (Host organization: To be announced)