The CoopZone Developers’ Network Co-operative is pleased to announce the information for its online training program on co-operative development beginning each fall. Note that in 2016-17, we will be offering only the Introductory CoopZone training program. See below for the brochure.
Some bursaries are available. Funding for the bursaries has been provided by Vancity Credit Union, Assiniboine Credit Union, Carrot Cache as well as the Manitoba Cooperative Promotion Board. CoopZone expresses its sincere appreciation for these important contributions – thank you! The deadline for bursaries is Oct. 3rd.
The application forms and bursary forms are attached below. Note that CoopZone can provide a tax credit receipt for the tuition fees.
Applications are now being accepted for the Introductory Training Program. The deadline to apply is September 23, 2016. (If you’ve missed a deadline and still wish to apply, please contact us: CoopZoneTraining@gmail.com). The start date for this Introduction to Co-operative Development training is mid-October 2016.
Hour-long Information webinars (free):
June 21, July 18, and Sept. 14, 2016, each at noon ET. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org, by the day prior.
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’ve been applying what I have learned from the course to my day-to-day work with co-ops right from the start of the program and would highly recommend it to anyone who works with co-ops, social enterprises, and those involved in community economic development on any level.
⏤ Mark Sparrow, NSCC
After working and consulting with non-profits for over 20 years, Co-op Zone training has given me the understanding and tools to finally be able to work with co-ops. During the course I had 4 groups engage me to help start or transition their co-op, and my assigned mentor as well as the CoopZone network helped guide me through it. Thank you!
⏤ Rick Juliusson, FreeRange Consulting, BC.
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
What I like about the program:
- The webinars and online presentations, and the opportunity to connect with others across the country involved in the same work.
- The mentor element is great it’s been wonderful to have access to (my mentor’s) wealth of knowledge and perspectives.
- Access to the CoopZone listserv & tele-learning sessions has been good, too.
- The wonderfully curated and assembled reading materials.
- Learning together with great people–the director, cohort and mentors.”
⏤ Zoë Creighton, Upper Columbia Co-op Council.
(In most years, other than 2016-17, there are three different levels: Introductory Course, Foundations, and Advanced. The Introductory 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 mid-level, called the Foundations Program lasts for one year (late September – 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 highest level, or 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. Each level is designed to take a few hours per week. For more information, please read the attached brochure (Brochure for courses, All Levels), which provides a high-level summary of the program, and practical information about it (application deadline, tuition, etc.).)