Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

WHAT ARE THE PURPOSES OF THE PRIORITY WORKSHOPS?

PRIORITY 2: Budget Management and the Statutory and Regulatory Requirements for the Operation of Projects funded under the Federal TRIO Programs

The PRIORITY 2 workshop is intended to ensure that participants 1) understand how legislation and regulations shape a TRIO project's budget and management, 2) know how to develop or improve budget management processes in their TRIO Programs, 3) leave the workshop with a best practices model to implement in their TRIO Program, 4) Leave the workshop with information and materials to use as resources in their projects to shape effective budget and project management practices.

PRIORITY 3: Assessment of Student Needs, Retention & Graduation Strategies, including both secondary and post-secondary retention and graduation strategies, and the Use of Appropriate Education Technology in the Operation of Projects funded under the Federal TRIO Programs 

The PRIORITY 3 workshop is intended to train participants how to 1) acknowledge and assess the diverse needs of TRIO students; 2) tailor support services to meet student needs; 3) implement strategies which improve retention & graduation rates; & 4) use educational technology to better serve TRIO students and projects.

PRIORITY 6: General Project Management for New Project Directors who have been in their positions less than two years, including the content of Absolute Priorities one through three, to provide new directors with the basic tools required to be a TRIO project director and serve TRIO students

The learning objectives of PRIORITY 6 will increase participants' knowledge and skills of:
1) basic management tools which will build success within TRIO projects; 2) methods to collect, record and analyze the data that will meet objectives of each TRIO Program; 3) effective strategies for reporting students and project performance to ED; 4) effective means of assessing student needs and tailoring counseling and support to their needs; 5) budget management through internal controls and financial management with special emphasis on fiscal governing documents; 6) information and resources on conducting a formative and summative evaluation in order to improve project and staff performance.


WHERE ARE THE SAEOPP WORKSHOPS IN 2017? 

San Antonio, TX        January 13-15    [P2]                January 16-18    [P3]

Palm Coast, FL         January 23-25    [P2]                 January 26-28    [P6]

Las Vegas, NV           March 27-29    [P3]

New Orleans, LA       April 25-27       [P3]

San Juan, PR            Jul 31-Aug. 2    [P2]                   August 3-5    [P6]

The online workshops will be offered after January. The dates will be posted on this website and announced on the TRIO listserv!



HOW DO I REGISTER FOR A SAEOPP WORKSHOP?

Registration will be available soon by clicking the "Register NOW for TRIO Training" link to the left. Once your registration is complete, you will receive a confirmation letter with the code for the hotel discount rate, as well as other information for your travel planning purposes. You will also be put on the participant list to receive additional information pertinent to the workshop for which you registered. 
 
PLEASE NOTE: If you receive a confirmation letter after registering, and you do not attend the workshop without notifying the SAEOPP Center, the Department of Education has asked that your name be submitted as a "NO SHOW". 


WHAT DOES IT COST TO ATTEND THE WORKSHOPS?

There is no registration fee to attend the TRIO Training Workshops; they are FREE! At the SAEOPP workshops, some meals [continental breakfast and lunch] are provided at no cost to you. Your primary costs will be associated with travel to the venue, a few meals, and lodging.


HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO BE ACCEPTED TO A WORKSHOP?

When you complete all of the registration steps [complete the online registration form and fax the signature/approval page signed by your supervisor], you will receive a confirmation letter of acceptance. You are advised NOT to make travel arrangements until you receive the confirmation letter.


WHEN DOES THE WORKSHOP BEGIN AND END?

The 2 & 1/2 day workshop begins with registration about 8:00 a.m. on the first day and ends around 1:00 p.m. on the last day. 


WHAT ARE THE WORKSHOP TOPICS?

The workshop topics will be seen on the Workshop Agendas.


WHO CAN ATTEND?

Staff from any TRIO Program, those preparing for employment in TRIO programs, and Gear-Up Staff. However, only NEW Directors with less than 2 years in their positions can register for Priority 6.  Other staff with less than two years can register for remaining slots. 


CAN I ATTEND MORE THAN ONE SAEOPP WORKSHOP IN 2017?

Yes; SAEOPP was funded for: 

Priority 2Budget Management and the Statutory and Regulatory Requirements for the Operation of Projects funded under the Federal TRIO Programs;  

Priority 3: Assessment of Student Needs; Retention and Graduation Strategies; and the Use of Educational Technology; and 

Priority 6: General Project Management for New Project Directors who have been in their positions for less than two years, including the content of Absolute Priorities one through three, to provide new directors with the basic tools required to be a TRIO project director and serve TRIO students

 TRIO personnel can attend only ONE workshop in each Priority, regardless of the venue!


WILL ONE OF THE WORKSHOPS BE MORE USEFUL FOR NEW STAFF?

Yes, Priority 6 will provide basic project management tools on reporting student and project performance, budget management, statutory and legislation requirements, assessing student needs, retention and graduation strategies, and the use of appropriate educational technology. Only New Directors, with two years or less in their position, can register for Priority 6, which will be offered in Palm Coast, FL and San Juan, PR.  However, we welcome other new TRIO staff to register if space is available. 
 

IF YOU HAVE MORE QUESTIONS, PLEASE CALL 404-752-7334!