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Upcoming Courses

Affordable and taught by subject matter experts, our one and two day classes are open to nonprofit professionals and volunteers. View and register for our Fall 2019 courses below.

Board Development, Executive Director Development & Governance (BDED)

Defining and Linking By-laws, Policies, and Procedures
December 4, 2019

Instructor: Amy Nisenson
Location: 7000 College Drive, Suffolk, VA (Room 105)
Time: 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Cost: $70.00
CEUs: .5

This class will address the best practices around non-profit by-laws, policies, and procedures. It will include an explanation of the differences in by-laws, policies, and procedures, as well as the benefits of having each of them. The class will also cover legal and compliance issues, oversight and accountability, and good governance policies. Participants will walk away with samples, handouts and will also participate in hands-on and group work around these topics.
Learning Objectives:

  • Gain a clear understanding of board responsibilities.
  • Understand  the differences between by-laws, policies, and procedures.
  • Learn how to conduct a by-laws review.
  • Review sample by-laws.
  • Learn how to develop good versus bad policies. What policies are required?
  • Review policy samples and policy writing guidelines.
  • Understand legal and compliance issues.
  • What constitutes an abuse of power by the Board of Directors?
  • What is involved in Board oversight and accountability?
  • What are examples of good governance policies?


Fund Development and Communication (FDC)

Sharpen Your Writing Skills
July 25, 2019

Instructor: Tom Geary
Location: 7000 College Drive, Suffolk, VA, Room 105
Time: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Cost: $50.00
CEUs: .3

In every profession, effective written communication is heavily valued. One’s ability to clearly, concisely, vividly, and convincingly inform or persuade different audiences is a skill essential to successful collaboration, partnerships, and business operations. Yet confidently composing an error-free, cohesive paragraph, a direct yet detailed e-mail, or a tonally appropriate memorandum can be a challenge.
In this writing workshop, participants will engage in hands-on, interactive activities and lessons to sharpen their rhetorical, composition, and technical writing skills. This class will focus on both larger issues in writing – rhetorical situations, paragraph building, e-mails and memoranda, and ethos construction – and small level details like concision and brevity, voice and style, grammar, mechanics, and punctuation.
The goal of this workshop is to strengthen your confidence as academic and professional writers for any situation.
Learning Objectives

  • Attendees will learn about the components of a rhetorical situation and how it can be used for analyzing every act of communication.
  • Attendees will practice use of the rhetorical situation through an analysis and composition role play activity.
  • Attendees will review and learn grammatical and mechanical lessons, including but not limited to commas, independent clauses, run on sentences and fragments, dangling modifiers, and appropriate formal diction.
  • Attendees will test their skills in a grammar review activity.
  • Attendees will strengthen proofreading abilities and utilize them to self-assess their use of standard American English conventions and proper grammar and mechanics.
  • Attendees will learn the most common grammatical mistakes to avoid.
  • Attendees will learn the principles of concision and how to avoid wordiness in writing.
  • Attendees will complete a concision and directness activity to apply their skills.
  • Attendees will review their abilities in composing e-mails, memos, and other professional documents.
  • Attendees will revise and reflect on how these writings can be strengthened based on knowledge of rhetorical situation, grammar and mechanics, and concision.


Step Up Your Corporate Sponsorships Results
October 3, 2019

Instructor: Lewis Flax
Location: 7000 College Drive, Suffolk, VA, Room 105
Time: 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Cost: $95.00
CEUs: .5

Corporate sponsorship often represents an important income stream for many nonprofits. At the same time, corporations are besieged by requests for funding and are more judicious as to which activities they support. Within the nonprofit sector, we have reached a critical decision point: How will we change our approach in order to improve results?
Successful nonprofit organizations recognize that they must go beyond offering standard and outdated benefits if they are to increase sponsorship income. The focus of this workshop is to review proven strategies and tactics to increase corporate sector revenue.
Participants will learn how to:

  • Differentiate your organization from the crowd of others seeking sponsorships
  • Use a proven methodology to create a successful revenue generating partnership-based sponsor program
  • Navigate within the corporate environment so you can reach decision-makers 
  • Effectively leverage your board and volunteers to generate additional support 


Financial and Risk Management (FM)

Financial Analysis of a Nonprofit
November 19, 2019

Instructor: Leon Seeman
Location: 7000 College Drive, Suffolk, VA, Room 105
Time: 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Cost: $70.00
CEUs: .5

This fundamental course covers the essentials of understanding non-profit financial reporting and analysis for individuals who lack any background in financial management.  The session will focus on interpreting standard financial reports by reviewing the statements of organizations participating in the class.  The documents include the following statements:

  • Statement of Financial Position
  • Statement of Activities
  • Statement of Functional Expenses
  • Statement of Cash Flows

Participants will learn how financial statements are used for the following:

  • Understanding financial health of an organization
  • Conveying a story to donors
  • Differentiate between cashflow and budget management issues
  • Determining and managing reserves

Key Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the financial statements of a nonprofit organization
  • Gain confidence in reviewing financial statements and how to use them to effectively solicit gifts
  • Learn how reviewing the statements help in making key decisions for the participant’s organization


Human Resources, Leadership and Management (HR)

August 27, 2019

Instructor: Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities
Location: 7000 College Drive, Suffolk, VA, Room 105
Time: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Microaggressions have been defined as “brief and commonplace daily verbal, behavioral, or environmental indignities.” While they may not result in formal complaints or lawsuits, they do have consequences when it comes to morale, engagement, and retention. This session will explore the concept of Microagressions and will help participants identify effective strategies to prevent and interrupt these indignities when they arise in the workplace.

Learning Objectives:

  • Reflect on and confront their own beliefs and assumptions about inclusion and about students of different identities;
  • Examine the role of microaggressions and institutional bias, and how these dynamics impact teaching, learning, and achievement; and
  • Identify strategies for creating more supportive learning environments.


Leader as Coach
October 29, 2019

Instructor: Swafia Ames
Location: 7000 College Drive, Suffolk, VA, Room 105
Time: 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Cost: $70.00
CEUs: .5

If you loved Liz Scott, PhD, Brigher Strategies CEO's classes then you will love her staff, Swafia Ames will bring us “Leader as Coach” is a leadership course focused on developing your role as a manager, leader and coach. This course will provide a framework for participants to expand their capacity to perform in leadership roles within their organization. We will cover the benefits of coaching, learning the mechanics of how to coach, dealing with difficult conversations as a leaders and other personal development skills. The course will involve active role-playing as well as provide ideas for practical application. We’ll address how you take these skills back to the office and how to use these skills to enhance your overall leadership approach.
Learning Objectives:

  • Defining the role of manager as coach
  • Understand the benefits of coaching
  • Learn the mechanics of successful coaching
  • Dealing with “difficult conversations”
  • Personal leadership skill development
    • Addressing areas of additional support:
    • Fine-tuning listening skills
    • Improving communication
    • Practicing how to phrase questions
  • Practical application:
    • What do we take back to the office?
    • How do we use these skills in our leadership approach? 


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Master the Art of Work-Life Balance
November 6, 2019

Instructor: Meico Whitlock
Location: 7000 College Drive, Suffolk, VA, Room 105
Time: 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Cost: $70.00
CEUs: .5

You’re amazing at what you do. You’re deeply committed to your career and making the world a better place. But you’re consistently stressed out, exhausted, and feeling rushed. Your calendar is overloaded and you feel like you never have enough time. You’re torn between the work you love, spending quality time with loved ones, and feeling like you might be missing out on life. And to top it all off, you're also overwhelmed by the barrage of emails, calls , texts, tweets, and meetings that consume your daily life and seem to bring productivity to a screeching halt. But it’s time for a change. It’s time for you to break free from work-life imbalance and the chaos of digital distraction.

Sound familiar? Fortunately, there’s a way to combat work-life imbalance and digital distraction and remain engaged and inspired, no matter what your role or career level. Join us for a fun, interactive course on how to find the balance you need to thrive in a busy and distracted world.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn how to set clear, achievable priorities: You have a million things on your to-do list, but how do you know what’s urgent vs important? How do you carve out more quality time for your family and personal life?
  • Learn how to invest your time in ways that align with your vision and priorities before anything else, how to set up your calendar the right way, and how to guard your time against email, social media, and device distraction, and how to say yes and no the right way.


Navigating the Minefield of Nonprofit Law
December 17, 2019

Instructor: Ben Takis
Location: 7000 College Drive, Suffolk, VA, Room 105
Time: 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Cost: $70.00
CEUs: .5

Nonprofits are subject to strict legal requirements and engage in a wide array of activities that can pose significant liability risks. Failure to prepare for these legal risks can not only cause headaches and extra paperwork, but can jeopardize your organization's tax-exempt status and impose a serious financial burden. Learn how to prepare yourself and your organization to avoid some of the most common legal pitfalls in the nonprofit world.
Learning Objectives:

  • Get an overview of legal issues affecting non-profits
  • Learn best practices to avoid future legal problems
  • Work through hypothetical exercises to learn how to identify and resolve legal issues


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Organizational Planning, Managing and Evaluation (OPME)

Project Management (2-day class)
September 18-19, 2019

Instructor: Mary Greer Landon
Location: 7000 College Drive, Suffolk, VA, Room 105
Time: 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Cost: $95.00
CEUs: 1.0

An interactive two-day course focusing on practical tools, strategies, and tactics to help effectively manage individuals and projects from start to finish while maintaining normal everyday duties and responsibilities. Participants will bring real world examples of past, present and/or future projects.
Learning Objectives:

  • To strengthen the foundation for defining the scope, controls, tools, processes, deliverables, and methods to support the management and delivery of successful projects
  • To practice various methods of creative and flexible ways of dealing with human behavior on all sides of the project
  • To provide a structure for the complete project life cycle
  • To chart milestones, checkpoints, activities, and necessary resources
  • To analyze and assess risks, resistance, and/or unintended consequences
  • To evaluate and provide closure or ongoing maintenance to projects by determining the follow up assessment tools, reporting, lessons learned, constructive corrections needed, and appropriate congratulations for successful work on the project.


Software & Technology (ST)

Adobe Photoshop
September 4, 2019

Instructor: Jed Buckson
Location: 1070 University Blvd., Portsmouth, VA, Room 1103 Computer Lab (Tri-Cities)
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Cost: $70.00
CEUs: .5

During this course you will learn not only the basics but more about how Photoshop can be used to retouch and restore digital images. You will learn how to correct, change and improve the color of an image, get rid of stains and scratches on scanned images, combine images, add special effects and filters to images and to create images using Photoshop's artistic tools. If you are a graphic/web designer, digital artist or a photographer, with little or no working knowledge of Photoshop, or even if you are already familiar with Photoshop, this is the course for you! Take the plunge and sign up today to learn how to master the world's number one image editing software. This is a hands on class using the software in our computer lab.

Learning Objectives will cover:

  • Resolution and image quality
  • Basic color correction techniques
  • Professional image processing tips
  • Adjustments and other effects
  • Various techniques for selecting in order to edit and retouch images
  • Prepare images for including in a web site or for including in printed documents
  • Edit images using the painting tools, clone stamp and drawing tools
  • Create new images using the pen tool and the drawing and painting tools
  • Create and edit images using layers


Quickbooks (Intermediate/Advance)
October 16, 2019

Instructor: Kim Painter
Location: 7000 College Drive, Suffolk, VA, Room 101
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Cost: $70.00
CEUs: .5

In this intermediate/advance class of QuickBooks you will learn:

  • Learn to manage multiple company files, export and import list data from one file to another, and make journal entries
  • Find out how to enter price levels and track discounts and credits
  • Learn how to track mileage on vehicles you use in your business
  • Understand how to create customer statements, assess finance charges on overdue balances, create multiple invoices, and write off past due balances
  • Learn how to enter common owner transactions
  • Understand how to track loans and use the budgeting feature
  • Learn how to prepare for the payroll process with the IRS
  • Review all aspects of how to set up and maintain payroll information for your employees in QuickBooks
  • Learn how to track work and vacation time and produce job costing reports
  • Understand how to generate W-2, W-3 and 1099 forms
  • Learn to create paychecks



Starting a Nonprofit
December 12, 2019

Instructor: Amanda Lloyd
Location: 7000 College Drive, Suffolk, VA, Room 105
Time: 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Cost: $25.00
CEUs: 0

This short 3-hour workshop will provide the resources and information you need to get started.
What’s Covered:

  • What to consider before you begin
  • What are the required forms
  • Fundraising Basics
  • Operating and Governance Guidelines

What’s Included:

  • Presentation guide to the required paperwork 
  • Relevant online links & resources
  • Networking with others with similar passions and ideas

What’s NOT Covered:

  • This is not a complete step-by-step filling out each piece of IRS paperwork, as it may require legal tax advice


Course pricing and location

Most classes run from 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. and are held at TCC's Center for Workforce Solutions, 7000 College Drive, Suffolk, VA.

One-Day Courses: $70 and .5 CEUs
Two-Day Courses: $95 and 1 CEU
DIY Workshops: $50 and .3 CEUs - Not all DIY Workshops are eligible to apply to Certificate of Nonprofit Management

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