Educational Programs

The Cooperative Education & Training Institute is widely recognized as one of the most important learning and teaching opportunities available to co-op members, directors, staff and managers. Held each November in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the Institute attracts hundreds of cooperators from the U.S., Canada, and beyond for two and one half days of comprehensive technical programs and discussions. Join us in Ann Arbor November 2-4 for NASCO Institute 2018.

NASCO's Cooperative Internship Network connects talented cooperators with opportunities at cooperative organizations, non-profits, and businesses across the U.S. and Canada. The Cooperative Internship Network provides organizations with qualified interns while building the skills and knowledge of a new generation of leaders.

NASCO offers anti-oppression focused programming, including a day-long intensive and a workshop track, at the Cooperative Education & Training Institute in November. NASCO also supports co-ops in hosting their own anti-oppression workshops, as well as provides training and consultation to members by request. Topics include understanding power and privilege, LGBTQ allyship, racial justice solidarity, and creating accessible events and spaces.

NASCO annually sponsors a two-day conference for housing co-op managers and staff, held every spring. The Staff and Managers Conference focuses on professional development and networking for employees present, past, and prospective. Outside speakers, roundtables, and special sessions are scheduled to complement social time and open discussions.

The Shared Resource Library is a virtual toolbox full of cooperative guides, policies, other documents, and video resources. Want to start your own co-op? Looking for a board training manual? Need to educate yourself about allyship? The Shared Resource Library is the place to go for all types of useful tools.