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Online Training for College Access/Success Advisors

NCAN's e-learning platform Fundamentals for College Access & Success Providers helps practitioners stay informed about the changing landscape of college attainment for students pursuing postsecondary pathways. These online courses provide a toolkit of concrete strategies and resources for counselors and advisors to use when guiding students through one of the most important decisions of their lives. The available content reflects evidence-based practices, is vetted by NCAN, and updated as deemed necessary.

Why incorporate e-learning into your organization’s training process? Courses are:

  • Segmented by topic.
  • Delivered in convenient 30- to 90-minute segments.
  • Self-paced and asynchronous.
  • Available year-round, on demand, to anyone with an Internet connection.
  • Designed to incorporate best practices for online learner engagement.

Fundamentals for College Access & Success Providers is perfect for new advisors, counselors seeking additional training, and college access and success practitioners wishing to stay up-to-date with the changing landscape of college attainment.

Best of all, the training is cost-effective. All courses are free to NCAN members through August 14, 2020 (up to 100 employees per member organization). We are excited to share that we are transitioning to a new learning management system, which will be available by September 1, 2020.

Non-members pay just $39 to $119 per unit depending on unit length (30 to 90 minutes). Selected courses indicated below are free to all. Join NCAN now to access all units for free.

 

Certificates & Badges

A certificate of completion is provided after each unit is completed. Learners can download, save and print each certificate for documentation.

Learners can earn badges for completing combinations of units and modules. Badges are available for Admissions Advising, Financial Aid, Post-Traditional Students, and Student Outcomes. These professional badges can help build your resume and document your mastery of college attainment advising skills. Please refer to the chart below to understand which units must be completed to earn each badge. If you have already completed some individual units, you will be able to enroll in the badge course and only have to successfully complete any remaining units for that badge.

A special NCAN Certified Advisor badge is available for those demonstrating mastery in access advising. To earn the NCAN Certified Advisor badge, participants must complete the following units:

  • College Entrance Exams - Unit 1-3
  • Finding the Right College Fit - Units 1-3
  • Career Advising - Unit 1
  • Developing Early Awareness - Unit 2
  • Mastering the Financial Aid Process - Units 1-5
  • Increasing Persistence & Completion Rates - Units 1-2
  • Developing Cultural Competence - Unit 1

If you wish to register for any unit or set of units for a badge, you must complete the registration form at the bottom of the page. For questions about earning badges, please send an email to elearning@ncan.org.

     

Available Units

The following units are currently available and have been updated for the 2019-20 academic year. Updates for the course titles shaded in grey are forthcoming.

A certificate of completion is provided after each unit is completed. Detailed content about each module and unit is available here.

Unit/Course Title

Content Contributors

Minutes

Non-Member Rate

Badges

Module: College Entrance Exams

Unit 1: ACT

ACT

30

Free

 

Admissions Advising Badge

 

&

 

NCAN Certified Advisor Badge

Unit 2: The SAT Suite of Assessments

The College Board

30

Free

Unit 3: Test Prep Strategies and Resources

College Now Greater Cleveland

45

$59

Module: Finding the Right College Fit

Unit 1: Admissions Advising for First-Generation College-Goers

College Now Greater Cleveland

60

$79

Unit 2: Technology in Advising

College Greenlight

45

$59

Unit 3: College Fit & Match (NEW)

OneGoal & UnlockED

75

$99

Module: Career Advising

Unit 1: Career Advising

GenesysWorks & Students Rising Above

45

$59

NCAN Certified Advisor Badge

Module: Developing Early Awareness

Unit 1: Early Awareness for Middle School Students

I Know I Can

45

$59

 

Unit 2: Family Engagement (NEW)

Families In Schools

45

$59

NCAN Certified Advisor Badge

Module: Mastering the Financial Aid Process

Unit 1: Federal Financial Aid Programs

DOE Office of Federal Student Aid

30

Free

Financial Aid Badge

&

NCAN Certified Advisor Badge

Unit 2: Financial Aid 101

DOE Office of Federal Student Aid

45

Free

Unit 3: Interpreting Award Letters and Understanding Affordability

Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis

45

$59

Unit 4: FAFSA Completion 101

uAspire

90

$119

Unit 5: FAFSA Completion 201

uAspire

90

$119

Module: Post-Traditional Students

Unit 1: Adult Learners

College Now Greater Cleveland; Graduate Philadelphia, & The Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL)

60

$79

 

 

Post-Traditional Students Badge

 

&

 

NCAN Certified Advisor Badge

Unit 2: Working With & For Undocumented Students

ScholarshipsA-Z

45

$59

Unit 3: Advising Youth Experiencing Homelessness

National Association for the Education of Homeless Children & Youth (NAEHCY)

 

45

 

$59

Unit 4: Students from Foster Care

Florida Department of Children & Families Foster Youth Experts: Becky Pengelley & Steve Rios

45

$59

Unit 5: Opportunity Youth

On Point for College

45

$59

Module: Using Data to Strengthen Student Outcomes

Unit 1: Metrics for College Access & Success

National College Attainment Network

60

$79

 

Student Outcomes Badge

Unit 2: Analyzing Data

Idealware

30

$39

Unit 3: Defining Your Metrics

Idealware

30

$39

Module: Increasing Persistence & Completion Rates

Unit 1: College Success 101

Access Foundation, College Now, Collegiate Directions Inc.

45

$59

 

 

NCAN Certified Advisor Badge

Unit 2: College Success 102

10,000 Degrees

45

$59

Module: Developing Cultural Competence

Unit 1: 5 Skills for Multiculturally Competent Advisors

Ginlin Woo

60

$79

Unit 2: Coaching Multiculturally Competent Advisors

Ginlin Woo

75

$99

 

Module: Going Beyond Student Advocacy

Unit 1: Advocacy for College Access & Success

National College Attainment Network

45

$59

 

 

Registering For Units/Badges

Note: You may register for courses in our current learning management system and will need to complete them by Friday, August 14, 2020 in order to receive a certificate or badge for course completion. After August 14, we will no longer use this learning management system and any incomplete course work will not be saved in the system after this date. We will transition to our new learning management system by September 1, 2020.

Filling out the form below will generate a registration email to Crystal Courtney, office and events manager. Please provide your full name, name of your organization and select which units/badge you wish to complete.

If you wish to earn a badge, you must select that option to ensure you are correctly enrolled so that the system will automatically award your badge upon successful completion of the required units. If you have already completed individual units, but now wish to earn a badge, select the badge course. The learning management system will show any units completed since August 2016 and you will only need to successfully complete any remaining units to earn the badge.

If you completed units prior to last August 1st, please inquire at elearning@ncan.org about how to receive credits for previously completed units.

E-Learning Platform Registration Form