Professional development courses for election officials
Election officials like you play a vital role in making democracy work, and like all professionals, you need professional development to grow and learn. Our courses are intended to help you advance while learning practical skills to provide greater service to your communities.
Would you like to learn about technologies to help you serve the public? Do you have a community engagement goal you want to reach? We can help.
What will you get?
All of our courses include:
- A pre-training tech skills survey to ensure that our training matches your needs and skill level
- A customized curriculum including instruction, exercises, and hands-on practice
- Interactive breakout sessions to allow you to brainstorm ideas and experiment with new technologies
- A post-training skills survey to measure impact and demonstrate to your colleagues and supervisors what you learned from the course
- A copy of the training slide deck for you to use as a resource
- A detailed participant guide for you to reference and use once the training is over
Who are the instructors?
Whitney May first caught the election bug in 2007 at the Durham County Board of Elections, where she trained hundreds of poll workers. Later, working with a nonprofit in Washington, D.C., she refined her training skills to deliver engaging courses to government officials.
As an instructor, Whitney wants to advance your tech skills while connecting you with other curious election officials.
Kurt Sampsel enjoys introducing election administrators to new tools and then seeing them shape the voting experience. Kurt has 10 years of experience as a college instructor and communications specialist, and for the last 2 years he's been working to supporting election officials.
As an instructor, Kurt hopes to involve you in discussion to find the best way to overcome challenges.
What's it cost?
We make professional development courses affordable for every election office, regardless of budget. Since we’re a nonprofit, the price you pay is your real instruction costs. These include instructor travel, lodging, and materials.
Keep in mind that you can bundle courses together to reduce your overall costs.
$500 per customized course, for up to 10 participants
$2,500-$3,500 depending on location, curriculum, and training hours
In addition to custom courses, you can periodically join a national series of 90-minute courses online for just $40 per course, per person. Stay tuned for details regarding when and how you can enroll.
Can’t find what you’re looking for? Get in touch and let us know what kind of professional development you have in mind.
What have participants said?
"I believe the instructors were very knowledgeable. The hands-on training and feedback we received was great."
-- County Clerk/Registrar of Voters, Shasta County, CA
“I enjoyed all of the training but really liked the interactive parts and the great humor.”
-- Board of Elections, Harford County, MD
"We had excellent service and leadership to guide us. Our instructors were helpful, friendly, patient, and knowledgeable."
-- County Clerk, Laclede County, MO
Ready to learn?
We're ready to prepare a course to fit your needs. Click the link below to start the conversation.