CoopZone is again accepting applications to its co-operative development training courses for 2015-16. Courses start September 15th and the deadline to apply is August 21st. Register for free information webinars on June 24th and July 15th to learn more.
CoopZone is offering various levels of training:
- The Introduction to Co-op Development course is appropriate for people interested in understanding the types and roles of co-ops and the basic co-op development process but who will not be active developers; it lasts half as many weeks as Foundations, and it runs from late October through March;
- The Foundations Program course lasts for one year (mid-October - May). This level is designed for individuals who are in the position of advising groups interested in exploring the creation of a co-operative enterprise;
- The Advanced Program lasts for two years and both years will be offered each year if there is sufficient demand. This level is designed for people who seek to provide full development services to co-operatives.
All of these on-line courses are designed to fit around a full-time job (a few hours per week). There is a new Course Director, Eric Tusz-King. Experienced co-op developers provide mentoring to students.
Any questions should be directed to Course Director Eric Tusz-King, CoopZoneTraining at gmail.com.
Here's what some of the students have had to say:
"The course is concise, informative and interactive. Mentors and course director are very knowledgeable, skilled, experienced, approachable and helpful. The readings and tools were very useful." ~ Billy Granger, SEED Winnipeg.
"I would absolutely recommend the CoopZone program to anybody interested. The course is pretty amazing in the way that it creates a common community amongst us aspiring co-op developers and several fully established and tremendously experienced ones. The instructors are great, and the mentoring system gives me the chance to have hours of one-on-one time with an expert in my desired field." ~ Joel Ratcliffe, Ontario.
"The Advanced Co-op Developer training has enabled me to connect with other Co-op Developers and a Mentor which allowed me to apply what I am learning directly to the groups and projects I am working on, in real time. I would recommend this program for anyone interested in Co-op Development as we are often working alone or in small teams in communities; the course allows you to feel part of a co-op team!" ~ Amanda Hachey, CEC-NB