Co-Op Role Definitions
- TASC: The Training Advisory Steering Committee is the creator, initiator, and oversight group for the DD Training Co-Op. TASC formerly oversaw the Region 1 Training Program. TASC has residential, vocational, foster, brokerage, and regional representation, with open monthly meetings and membership.
- Co-Op Members: DD Provider agencies who agree to share responsibilities for hosting training in exchange for access to other Co-Op classes. Co-Op member agencies participate in planning, coordinating, and hosting classes for their staff, clients, families, and subcontractors. There are no membership fees.
Co-Op Membership Benefits
- Access for your staff or individual subcontractors to all classes offered through the Co-op at member rates.
- Access to a centralized website for training class schedules and information.
- Access to many of the basic competency classes offered by the former Region 1 Training Program (despite the loss of that program).
- Opportunities to access additional classes beyond the basic Co-Op master schedule by the initiative of individual Co-Op members.
- Classes strategically scheduled so that your staff will have needed training available on a regular basis throughout the year.
- Opportunity for networking with other Co-Op Member agencies.
- Being a key part of enhancing the skills and knowledge of the pool of people providing services for people with developmental disabilities.
- Data collection on in-kind contributions of time and resources from each member agency to help document the need for future funding if/when budgets recover.
Co-Op Member Contact Person’s Responsibilities
- Regularly keep staff within your own agency and subcontractor circle informed of all Co-Op classes.
- Post a copy of the Co-Op’s web site flyer in a common area. Staff or visitors may find it useful (optional).
- Host 1-3 classes each year as assigned in the Co-Op Master Schedule. By the 15th of the month, two full months ahead of the assigned month of the class, coordinate:
- Instructor availability (from the instructor list provided)
- Acceptable class date, time, fee
- Classroom with free or low cost parking (partial list available)
- Flyer distribution by e-mail and snail mail to other Co-Op members about the who, what, where, when, how, and fee for each hosted class (using the Keepers’ updated mailing lists)
- Equipment needs (IE, VCR, projector, TV, blackboard)
- Registration for hosted classes
- Simple beverages and snacks
- Sign-in roster (Co-Op format)
- Certificates of Attendance for all students at the end of each class
- Submission of simple data sheet & final roster to the Keeper
- Register and collect registration fees for hosted classes to cover costs and encourage attendance ($10 plus).
- Set aside a minimum of 50% of classroom capacity for Co-Op students if sending your own staff.
- If unable to coordinate a class in the assigned month, arrange a trade or postponement and notify the Keeper.