ADVANCE Education and Development Institute offers an extensive list of course offerings in non-profit management, community development, and the practical skills necessary to participate in a civic democracy. The courses may be completed individually, or may be completed as a component of a certificate program in fundraising management, non-profit administration, applied research methods, community and economic development, human services administration, applied public relations, or general management. Additional courses and programs are developed in response to community and student needs. A description of offered courses and certificate programs is provided later in this bulletin.
Courses are offered on-site upon demand by five or more enrolled students, and are offered on demand through correspondence to individual students. Courses are also scheduled through cooperating college and university continuing education offices and other training providers.
ADVANCE Education and Development Institute courses are noted for their high substantive content, their mix of academic theory with practical application, and their unique perspectives on issues facing today's professionals. Most courses also include step-by-step practical exercises intended to demonstrate the practical application of the substantive information presented in the course. ADVANCE courses are clearly a step above the typical training workshops and seminars offered by most professional associations or in-house training departments. Students holding bachelors and masters degrees find these courses challenging and professionally rewarding. Students with little or no college academic background often find it necessary to take advantage of the one-on-one tutorial assistance offered by the Institute.
All courses are offered in the English language, although translations may be available for individual courses. Access to computers and to the internet may facilitate the completion of courses by correspondence.
Faculty and Staff
Advance Education and Development Institute offers a distinguished and diversified faculty of professional educators and trainers, all with extensive practical experience in business, government and community leadership.
Admissions is open to any student world-wide with an high school diploma or equivalency, and with the personal determination to complete courses high in substantive and theoretical content. The Institute does not discriminate based on race, color, creed, gender, life-style, ideology, political party affiliation, national origin, national citizenship or any other basis.
One-time admissions into individual on-site seminars and workshops is automatically granted upon payment of the necessary course registration fee.
Admissions into a certificate program requires completion of a formal admissions process.
ADVANCE Education and Development Institute operates on a rolling admissions policy with admissions accepted at any time. Once admitted, students should enroll in no more than one course at a time and should complete one course in a sequence before enrolling in the next course in the sequence.
The Institute does not normally accept transfer credit for completion of courses in certificate programs.
Admissions into a certificate program is normally granted within thirty days of receipt of :
(1) a completed application for admissions
(2) an admissions application fee
(3) a course enrollment application
(4) a course enrollment fee.
Course Materials and Bookstore
All course materials and texts are included in the course fee. Students desiring additional copies of course texts should contact the ADVANCE bookstore through the administration office to determine the cost of individual texts. The bookstore also stocks a variety of promotional items including window decals and tee-shirts for students eager to express pride in their affiliation with ADVANCE Education and Development Institute.
ADVANCE Education and Development Institute offers a variety of professional services to non-profit and community organizations, political causes, political candidates, municipal governments and governmental agencies. These services include economic development plans, organizational effectiveness assessments, community and public opinion research, needs assessments, fundraising, publications design and production, and video production services.
Whenever possible, the Institute's core staff is augmented with Institute alumni and current students in the delivery of professional services. Professional service opportunities provide the hands-on practical experience essential to effective learning. Professional service opportunities also permit Institute students and alumni to demonstrate to the public and the professional community the Institute graduates' professional skills and competence.
ADVANCE Education and Development Institute encourages students and alumni to engage in independent research in the areas of non-profit administration and management, community research methods, and applied public relations. The Institute sponsors a juried professional journal Advance Institute Review to publish the research of Institute faculty, students, and alumni.
Graduates of certificate programs are automatically enrolled as members of the Alumni Association. Alumni are encouraged to remain active with the Institute through participation in service projects, through publication in the Institute professional journal, through job referrals, and through student recruitment efforts. The Alumni Association annually recognizes those alumni distinguishing themselves through service to the Institute, to their community, or to their profession with Distinguished Service Awards.
ADVANCE EDUCATION AND DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE
113 South Queen Street
1106 Arnette Avenue