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Upcoming Courses

Due to COVID-19 pandemic, the Academy will be delivering some courses via online webinars for the Spring 2022 term. Thank you for your understanding and support, be well!

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 upcoming courses below.

Board Development, Executive Director Development & Governance (BDED)

Instructor: Maura Fredericks – Brighter Strategies
Location: Webinar, link will be sent to participant
Time: 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
.5 (BDED)
February 22, 2022

It has been said that meetings are events where people speak up, say nothing, and then all disagree; or a place where you keep the minutes, but throw away the hours. Many people spend more than half of their work week in meetings. With all that time invested, one would expect meeting processes to be near perfect, yet there seems to be collective meeting dysfunction in organizations across the board.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the importance of effective meetings
  • Clarify the best meeting type to achieve your objectives
  • Inspire meeting participation
  • Learn how to create an effective meeting plan
  • Create a meeting evaluation process
  • Learn facilitation strategies

Fund Development and Communication (FDC)

(1 CEU in Fund Development/Communication and 0.5 CEU in Organizational Planning, Management, and Evaluation)

Instructor: Amy Nisenson, Nisenson Consulting and Trina Willard, Knowledge Advisory Group
Location: TCC Workforce Development Center, 7000 College Dr., Room 105 
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Cost: $210.00
CEUs: 1.0 (FDC) and .5 (OPME)
Dates: May 12, 19, and June 2, 2022

Grant writing has rules, just like chess or backgammon.  To be successful, you need to learn the rules.  You need to practice your “game,” becoming more expert with each successful proposal. The end result?  A winning strategy!

Participants will be asked to sign up for a three-part series of one-day classes that will cover all aspects of successful proposal writing, with a focus on local foundations, corporations, and government funding opportunities.  The classes will review the critical process of researching funders to match funding opportunities with your non-profit’s program and activities, as well as strategies for approaching funders.  In addition, classes will cover the essential elements of the proposal, including case and need statements, program design, evaluation, and the budget, with a particular emphasis on stewardship and reporting.  And because your organization has many different kinds of supporters – not merely foundations, corporations, and government funders – we’ll also look at techniques for writing successful solicitation letters, case statements, newsletters, and similar products.

Participants will learn about these topics.

May 12:

  • Funding trends
  • Different types of grants and the grant process
  • The parts of a proposal
  • Research techniques

May 19:

  • Trends in corporate philanthropy
  • Understanding how and why corporations give
  • Understanding different types of corporate support
  • How to search for corporate support
  • Writing effective proposal elements
  • Writing collateral pieces:  case statements, annual reports, interim reports, and more.

June 2:

  • Creating an evaluation plan
  • Understanding why and how to measure outcomes
  • Creating your final report

Instructor: Tia McMillen, Tidewater Community College 
Location: TCC Workforce Development Center, 7000 College Dr., Room 105 
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Cost: $50.00
CEUs: .3 (FDC)
Dates: March 31st, 2022

Are you a leader in the local community and need the presence of an articulate speaker? Whether you’re on the board of a nonprofit, launching your new business, or giving a community presentation, public speaking is critical to your success. In a short three hours, you’ll learn by doing to refine your public speaking skills and build confidence in your own presence. 

  • Analyze and understand your own strengths and weaknesses as a presenter 
  • Connect and affect listeners when you transfer information, share emotion, or persuade for change 
  • Observe and appreciate the performance aspects in others and learn how these insights can contribute to your presence 
  • Work through performance anxiety, mannerisms, and other distractions that limit your effectiveness in presentation 

Financial and Risk Management (FM)

Instructor: Ben Takis, Takis Nonprofit Law PLLC
Location: ZOOM Webinar, link will be sent to participant
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Cost: $70.00
.5 (FM)
April 26, 2022

Contracts are a necessary part of any nonprofit organization’s day-to-day operations. Yet, many nonprofits lack a full understanding of the contracts they sign. This course will demystify the process of contract drafting and leave you better prepared to negotiate terms that protect your organization. We will examine basic concepts applicable to most contracts, decode standard “boilerplate” legalese, and look at several types of contracts common to nonprofits, including consultant agreements and corporate sponsorship agreements.

Learning Objectives:

  • (1) get an overview of the basics of contract drafting and interpretation
  • (2) improve your understanding of boilerplate legalese
  • (3) work through hypothetical exercises involving contracts common to nonprofits.

Human Resources, Leadership and Management (HR)

Instructor: Sheri Bender – Pulse HR Solutions
Location: Webinar, link will be sent to participants
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Cost: $70.00
.5 (HR)
February 16, 2022

Hiring is one of the most important and challenging roles an organization faces. There are many important criteria to consider when evaluating a candidate’s potential fit. When you bring someone new onto the team, you want that person to be a long-lasting, valuable employee within your organization. If this sounds like your company’s priorities, there are several ways to build cultural fit into your recruiting and hiring processes. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn how to improve the overall interview process
  • Discuss ways to increase the effectiveness of the onboarding process
  • Understand culture ‘fit’ and why it is important

*Class link will be sent to participants the day before the class date*

Instructor: Sarah Yanosy – LCSW, Behavior Health Consultant
Location: Webinar, link will be sent to participants
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 12 p.m.
.3 (HR)
April 5, 2022

Effective support for clients in human service agencies requires workers to understand the impact of vicarious trauma. It is necessary for service providers to recognize the ways that trauma symptoms are likely to manifest and their relationships with people in helping positions. In order to maintain positive mental health while dealing with vicarious trauma, it is important to have strategies to help yourself and those around you. This session will provide information on vicarious trauma and how it can affect your work and life as well as healthy ways to work through it. 

Organizational Planning, Managing and Evaluation (OPME)

Instructor: Maura Fredericks – Brighter Strategies
TCC Workforce Development Center, 7000 College Dr., Room 105 
9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
.5 (OPME)
March 16, 2022

Leadership is about inspiring others to work together toward a common goal. While some people have natural tendencies toward certain leadership traits, great leaders hone and develop their skills over a lifetime. Successful leadership development helps execute an organization’s mission by growing the capabilities of its people and aligning them with its business strategy.

This course will present a clear roadmap for creating an effective leadership development program. By attending this session, you will:

  • Learn how to create a leadership development program that expands the capacity of an individual to effectively fill critical roles within your organization
  • Identify the five key stops along the journey to becoming an effective leader
  • Understand how to practically incorporate these critical areas within your leadership development program

Software & Technology (ST)

Instructor: Kim Painter – Barnes, Brock, Cornwell & Painter CPA
TCC Workforce Development Center, 7000 College Dr., Computer Lab
9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
.5 (ST)
April 21, 2022

In this intermediate/advanced 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

*Please note: This is the online version, you will need your OWN account to log in to participate hands on in the course, OR you may follow along and observe the instructor during the class if you do not have your own account to access. 


Instructor: Amanda Lloyd
Location: TCC Workforce Development Center, 7000 College Dr., Room 105
Time: 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Cost: $25.00
CEUs: 0
Date: June 15, 2022

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
1/2 Day Courses: $50 and .3CEUs
DIY Workshops:
 $50 and .3 CEUs – Not all DIY Workshops are eligible to apply to Certificate of Nonprofit Management