Level Up: Improving Your College Knowledge

February 8, 2017

By Lisa King, NCAN Communications Consultant 

Did the Early FAFSA changes make your head spin? Is your team ready to help students interpret award letters? NCAN’s e-learning platform, Fundamentals for College Access & Success Providers, provides college access and success program staff, college advisors and counselors a comprehensive learning environment to ensure you stay up-to-date with the changing landscape of the field. 

E-learning offers 19 units divided by topics such as The Hows and Whys of College Entrance, Financial Aid Fundamentals, and Roles and Responsibilities of Advisors. Each unit is delivered in 30- to 120-minute segments that can be completed at your pace. We understand the demanding schedules of college access and success staff, so our units are available year-round, on demand. All you need is internet access. This means your staff can set their own schedule and pace for completing units. 

Newly released and updated units include: 

Roles & Responsibilities of Advisors Unit 1: Cultural Competence
Advisors must be culturally competent to effectively support underrepresented students and their families on the journey toward college enrollment. This 60-minute unit is recommended for college access advisors and will outline five basic cultural competence skill areas.

Roles & Responsibilities of Advisors Unit 3: Coaching Culturally Competent Advisors
While advisors complete Unit 1, NCAN encourages the supervisors of college advisors to take Unit 3. This 75-minute unit provides busy supervisors with concrete strategies and resources to make coaching time with college advisors meaningful and supportive of the learning advisors are introduced to through Unit 1.

Financial Aid Fundamentals Unit 3: Interpreting Award Letters and Understanding Affordability
Students are receiving award letters and need support when assessing and comparing letters. This 45-minute unit will prepare you to discuss student debt and advise students on options.

Once a unit is completed, users receive a certificate as proof of course mastery. We even offer badges when you complete combinations of units and modules. Badges are available for Admission Advising, Financial Aid, Post-Traditional Students, and Student Outcomes. These professional badges help build your resume and document your training in the college access field. 

BONUS: Currently, anyone who earns a badge or completes a unit will be entered into a drawing to receive $100 off registration for NCAN’s 2017 National Conference. Winners will be drawn every month from March to June. 

What are you waiting for? Check out our website to review available units and register. If you join NCAN today, the e-learning platform is free for members. Otherwise, non-members pay just $39 to $199 per unit depending on unit length. 

Thank you to the following organizations for supporting employees in their professional growth. 101 college access professionals from 28 organizations completed at least one unit between August 2016 and January 2017. 

  • ACCESS College Foundation
  • Alabama Possible
  • Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education
  • American Student Assistance
  • Boys & Girls Club of Dane County
  • Chester County Futures
  • College Board
  • CollegeCommunityCareer
  • College Now Greater Cleveland
  • College Track
  • Degrees of Change
  • Denver Scholarship Foundation
  • Earn Up
  • Emily K Center
  • Genesys Works
  • Get2College
  • GRAD Cincinnati
  • Ladder Up
  • Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance Field Outreach Services
  • Milwaukee Public Schools
  • Milwaukee Public Schools TEAM UP College Access Center
  • Michigan State University College Advising Corps
  • Project GRAD Houston
  • Rhode Island Student Loan Authority
  • Take Stock in Children
  • The Collegiate School of Memphis
  • United Friends of the Children
  • West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission

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