Before you propose a course…

NCE welcomes course proposals from potential instructors at any time. We review proposals on a rolling basis for upcoming terms. Complete the following steps to submit a proposal:
  • Read the info on this page
  • Fill out our Course Proposal
The Course Proposal link is at the bottom of this page because we truly do want you to read this info first! We’ll need your contact information, proposed title, short description of the class including how many hours/sessions you think your class may need, and a short biography. We will need all of this information to consider your class. If we accept your proposal, we will most likely edit your title and description to match our style, so please consider what you submit a draft. Schedule NCE runs three sessions each year for kids and four sessions for adults. Here’s when our classes run:
Kids Fall: mid September to early January Winter: mid-January to early June Summer: mid-June to late August (these are typically week-long or multi-week programs)
Adults Fall: mid September to early December Winter: mid-January to mid-March Spring: early April to early June Summer: mid-June to early August
Planning  We begin planning classes far in advance at least five months before a session begins and we lock down our offerings about three months before a session begins. The exception is the kids summer, which is locked down in December as that session opens up in January. Otherwise, registration begins on the day the print catalog is released, which is the same day our web registration opens, approximately six weeks prior to the start of a session. Classes We offer a wide variety of classes in many different formats: one-session workshops or presentations, multiple-session classes, one-hour daytime lectures, panel discussions, lectures, kids’ vacation and summer programs, and more. Decision  We use the following criteria in making our decision:
  • Is the proposed course distinct from current or recent programs?
  • Have we offered something similar in the past, and was it successful?
  • Is the topic of genuine interest to our community? (If the course is intended to generate interest in your personal business, we’re unlikely to pursue it.)
  • Do you have expertise that supports the proposed idea?
  • Do we think the class would draw interest from our current audience and/or attract a new audience to us?
  • Is this class offered nearby at a similar time?
If your proposed course or workshop is selected for further consideration, we will get in touch. Compensation NCE offers a wide variety of programs for adults and kids at an affordable price. We also support a scholarship program. In order to continue this tradition, we offer modest hourly stipends to our instructors, along with one free course during the session in which they teach. When we hire you, you’ll fill out an info sheet, plus forms for a criminal background check (CORI), and a sex offender background check (SORI) and supply us with a photocopy id. We hire you as an employee who fills out a W-4 form, several other forms, and who must be fingerprinted (here’s a link to all those forms) When we hire vendors they fill out a W-9 form and the background check forms listed above (here’s a link to those forms) There are some instructors who kindly donate their teaching time to NCE. This is great help to us as we work to keep our courses affordable to all. Proposal  Now that you’ve read all the info above, here is the link to the Course Proposal