Welcome to your new training center!

We launched our first week-long online course back in 2016. It was our first time using a formal Learning Management System, and as you can imagine, we’ve learned a few things along the way. One of the biggest lessons was how much of an impact the platform can have on a community member’s experience. As our programs have continued to evolve, so have our expectations of the platforms we use. That is why we are excited to announce the launch of our brand new Online Training Center on October 1. The new system offers a seamless user experience across NTEN’s digital spaces, increased interactive content capabilities, and consolidates all your data into a single user account with no third-party platforms.

Legacy Courses and Transition Grace Period

As we transition into the new system, we will not be carrying forward course content delivered in the legacy system. However, through October, you can access the legacy Online Training Center to complete any old courses and download any resources you wish to keep.

On November 1, 2020, we’ll close down the old Online Training Center. The status of those courses will be locked, and community members will no longer access that content.

Learning Dashboard

The Learning Dashboard remains your go-to place to track your overall progress toward your professional certificates. Full credit for completed courses in either and your comprehensive course history will continue to be reflected in your Learning Dashboard. It also continues to be the hub you can use to jump directly into any active courses, FAQs, and more

Ash Shepherd
Chief Program Officer

I got my first job in the nonprofit sector when I was 18. It was at a group home that served girls between 12 and 18. Very soon after starting, I began to grasp for the first time what a former high school teacher meant when he said, "If you want to help people, you need to be willing to work with people that need help." While it was extremely challenging at times, this work led to a deeper sense of empathy and imagining what an end result can look like for others if you genuinely put in the effort to support their success. I fell in love with doing work that truly mattered and have been in the nonprofit sector since.

In the end, I spent a decade working in social services in various settings, from schools and wilderness therapy programs to community and residential programs. Eventually, my interest in technology and how it could amplify nonprofit missions brought me to make a career shift. I spent several years working at nonprofits that consulted with other nonprofits in digital engagement, CRMs, and overall project management. I eventually found my way back into programs development when I joined the staff at NTEN.

Along the way, I earned a B.S. from the University of Montana in Resource Management and a Master's in Environment and Development from the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa. It took a while to figure out the throughline of my education and professional experience, but I eventually realized I love the intersections where people and other things come together (the environment, other humans, with technology).

My role at NTEN allows me to continue doing work that connects with people and organizations across the full spectrum of the nonprofit sector. My project-driven brain couldn't find a better way to continue learning from amazing people creating exciting new ways to improve our communities every day.

Outside of work, I enjoy taking a break from technology and exploring the outdoors, searching for an open stretch of trail and precious moments of solitude.