Professional Development

Unless otherwise noted, CEN workshops are scheduled, and registration handled, through the Community Education Department at John Wood Community College. Additional learning opportunities are posted on the CEN Calendar.  For workshop registration and information, contact the JWCC Community Education at (217) 641-4905.  Please register early, as some professional development courses may be cancelled due to low enrollment.

All payments for CEN-sponsored workshops are due no later than the start of the workshop; no billing can be done after the workshop. If you need an invoice, contact the Community Education Department at John Wood Community College.

Similar Organizations offer a wide variety of professional development opportunities that you might find interesting and beneficial.

Non-Profit Management Certificate 

This new online program through John Wood Community College is designed to strengthen the budgeting, finance, board & volunteer development, fundraising, leadership and marketing skills necessary for individuals and organizations to achieve success in their communities. Courses are self-paced and completely web-based, which means participants have access around the clock, allowing them to progress at their own pace. The courses contain video, interactive exercises, real-world examples, and case studies making them both informative and fun. Learners can raise questions with an “Ask the Expert” feature and will receive a response within 24 hours. Participants who successfully complete our online certificate program are awarded 24 Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) International Continuing Education Points. To see the class list go to

Wild World of Grants
Thursday, September 13th
Located at JWCC
Presenter, Kristin Olson, Grants Galore
It is a Wild World of Grants out there! Learn about trends in grantmaking, the different breeds of grants you can apply for, and tips from Kristin for securing your first or 50th grant award.

Developing a Successful Evaluation Plan
Wednesday,  October 24th 
Located at JWCC
Presenter, Earl Bricker, United Way of Adams County
This session will introduce the core steps involved in planning an evaluation of a program or activity. Different agencies or funders may use slightly different wording, number of steps, or graphical designs to display evaluation planning, but in principle the process is the same. We will also briefly cover ways to assess your organization's readiness to engage in evaluating outcomes. Finally, we will intoduce the first step in evaluation: involving stakeholders. If stakeholders are not involved, evaluation findings may be inaccurate, ignored, criticized, or resisted.

First Step in Fundraising: Learn to Use the Tools at the West Central Illinois Philanthropy Center
Wednesday, October 23rd
Located at JWCC Library Room B108
Presenter Laura Zumdahl, Donors Forum
If you are a nonprofit organization seeking grant funding for your programs, there is a great resource here in your region at the West Central Illinois Philanthropy Center.  Only one of seven centers of its kind in the state, this is a valuable (and free) resource available to you.  Learn how to take advantage of this library of information for your nonprofit.