| Volunteer Training and Professional
The Training page for Volunteer Today has historically focused on tips for trainers. Occasionally there were articles about training for the manager of volunteers. With this issue the focus is shifting. Each issue will have information on some aspect of professional development for managers of volunteers and some articles on how to be a better trainer of volunteers. The author of this page, Nancy Macduff, is open to ideas and suggestions from readers on what might be useful information in the area of professional development. You can email her at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
~ May 2007 ~ Topics
During 2007 Volunteer Today is running an occasional series on certificate programs in the management of volunteer programs. Information is provided to help the manager of volunteers know what choices are available to enhance his/her education. If you know of a certificate program based in a college or university, please send that information to email@example.com.
Washington State University Volunteer Management Certificate Program
The Volunteer Management Certificate Program (VMCP) is a four-course online training program that focuses on practical real-life learning exercises and provides basic and advanced training for managers of volunteers in the following key areas:
The basic and advanced certificate programs are offered in an economical alternative to other learning formats such as conferences, workshops, and classroom instruction, through online instruction. Detailed information is available at http://capps.wsu.edu/certificates/vmcp/
The basic and advanced certificate programs are also presented annually in a face-to-face format. For information on the face-to-face program visit http://www.emmps.wsu.edu/.
The courses are designed and taught by respected leaders in the field of volunteer management,. Students receive personalized feedback from instructors who have years of real-world experience. Assignments are always related to the work the student is doing or hopes to do.
Who Should Enroll:
We now have downloadable books available in PDF format. Check out our online bookstore for Handling Problem Volunteers by Steve McCurley and Sue Vineyard now available electronically.
Stages of Training
The "Show and Tell" Model of training can be used to help plan a training session for volunteers, or it can be used to help volunteers understand what they will be experiencing during training.
If you are using this method to plan training you do the following:
If you are using the model to help volunteers understand what they are about to experience, you should have a copy of the grid for them. Explain it and then ask the following questions.
This activity usually takes about 5 - 10 minutes.
COLLEGE PROGRAMS ON NONPROFIT AND VOLUNTEER MANAGEMENT
Close to 200 colleges and universities offer academic programs on nonprofit and volunteer sector management. They are usually master's degree programs, but not always. American Humanics sponsors undergraduate programs, as well. If you are looking to push out the professional development window, consider taking a course at one of these colleges. A full list resides at http://tltc.shu.edu/npo/. Thank Roseanne Mirabella, of Seton Hall University for keeping up with this list.
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