This comprehensive training program is broken down into four sections: I. Basics, II. Mission, III. Maneuvers, and IV. Commission. Each step in this training program is designed to build off of the previous. Participants will learn the skills necessary to identify, and address adult learner needs, then will move into the hands-on training portion that will allow them to use the skills that they have acquired in a simulated on-campus or virtual campus scenario.
- New Faculty Training: provide new faculty with the skills they need up front to work effectively with adult learners.
- Staff Development: ongoing training for all staff who work with adult learners
- Professional Development: leading to specific new knowledge or another level of expertise
- Improve Organizational Effectiveness: allow staff to become continually better at what they do, improving on both their own and the college/universities'
- Field Notes: each attendee will receive a "Field Notes" training guide filled with the techniques and tools utilized in the training program that they can reference at any time.
- Certificate of Completion: each attendee will receive a Certificate of Completion for attending the training and stating that they have officially completed the Boot Camp training.
Why Is This Training Program Important?
After years of consulting with colleges/universities across the country about their adult learner programs, and assessing different adult learner programs, Dr. Viar designed this training program to help teach advisers, administrators, and educators how to improve on their adult learner programs to make them more adult student-focused.
Colleges and universities spend thousands of dollars each year preparing faculty for the school year. Now more than ever, colleges and universities are seeking ways to meet the demands and needs of adult learners, and a training program is necessary so that new staff have an understanding of what they need to do and how to do it, especially when it comes to adult student success. There are many ways that Viar's Boot Camp can help new and current advisers, administrators, and faculty members:
- This training will show new and current faculty and staff that your college or university is serious about what it does, and encourages them to be serious about it too.
- It will make faculty and staff feel that the organization is supportive of them as well.
- Properly training faculty and staff will boost their confidence in their ability to do their jobs as they pertain to working with adult students.
- It will build a team environment that is conducive to learning and will show support of and for the adult student body at the college or university.
- This training will make your college or university stand apart and will show other colleges and universities that you are serious about the relationship that you have with your adult students and truly care about their success.
- Builds enthusiasm and encourages adult students, providing both motivation and a sense of belonging that is essential to adult student success.
When Should You Consider Viar's Boot Camp as a Training Program?
The best time to include Viar's Boot Camp as a part of a training program is prior to the Fall start. Most colleges and universities provide faculty development opportunities, new faculty orientation, and provide training prior to the start of a new academic school year. Most faculty, advisers, and administrators are on campus and this provides an opportune time to Viar's Boot Camp. When faculty and staff train together they are given the opportunity to learn from one another. With proper planning, you could incorporate Viar's Boot Camp into your new employee orientation program as well.
Professional development can be very costly for an organization. Viar's Boot Camp is a fun way to offer your faculty and staff with a professional development opportunity without any additional cost to them! It provides an interactive approach to learning that your faculty and staff will enjoy and more important, remember!
Who Will Be Leading Your Training?
Dr. R. Lee Viar is a Post-Secondary Education & Training expert, full-time Lead Faculty, higher education consultant, and President of the Association for Non-Traditional Students in Higher Education. He is also a non-traditional student that prides himself on the work that he has done to help non-traditional students succeed in reaching their educational goals. As a non-traditional student he has many lived experiences that help him to relate to other non-traditional students. It was because of the challenges that he faced as a non-traditional student that encouraged him to develop the Viar's Boot Camp Training Program. Although Dr. Viar had the support of others in his personal life, it wasn't until he was researching for his own dissertation that he was able to develop the skills needed to utilize his informal support network effectively which ultimately provided hi with exactly what he needed, when he needed it in order to achieve the kind of success he was working so hard to achieve.
Viar's Boot Camp was built around his lived experiences, education, and research. In his book, The Nontraditional Learner’s Guide to Success, he provides, in detail, the methods and approach that he took with his own education and provides insight based on his research with other nontraditional learners pursuing degrees and his own lived experiences. Many nontraditional learners, administrators, and advisors have benefited from my training and book, Kennesaw State University, Eastern Kentucky University, Temple University, Colorado Technical University, and Capella University faculty and learners just to name a few.
He believes that learning is a collaborative process that requires teamwork. Use the checklist below to determine whether you are providing the support your adult students need, or if your college is doing all it can to help your adult learners to succeed. If you feel that your answer to any of these questions is NO, then give me a call and let me show you how to help yourself or your nontraditional learners to achieve all of the success that you or they deserve.
Administrator, Adviser & Faculty Checklist
- What are your retention rates for adult learners?
- Are your retention rates for adult learners where you want them to be?
- Do you feel you are providing an adequate support network for your adult learners?
- How do you help your adult learners overcome the potential barriers that they face as a nontraditional student such as: acclimating themselves into the classroom setting, overcoming technological barriers, time management skills when dealing with work, family obligations, interacting with significantly younger classmates, developing effective study techniques, enhancing verbal and nonverbal communication skills, and learning how to say no?
- Are you meeting the adult learners' expectations?
- Are you over-promising and under-delivering?
To learn more about how Dr. Viar can help your organization call 301-992-2901, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org