Online Courses

NLC University currently offers two free self-paced online courses. For questions or troubleshooting, please email university@nlc.org

Federal Advocacy Workspace

NLC University is pleased to present an online course designed to help municipal officials better perform four key advocacy actions: emailing, in-person meetings, site visits and phone calls. The Federal Advocacy Workspace is an interactive, performance-support ‘wizard’ that will help guide you through actionable advocacy steps.

Each workspace includes an interactive tool to help you develop each aspect of your advocacy toolkit, as well as several videos and PDF documents. Together these tools will help you develop the skills and understanding you need to effectively engage with elected officials. 

The course is offered in eight, self-paced workspaces:

  • The Power of Advocacy (Course Introduction)

  • SMART Strategy

  • Knowing Your Legislators and Crafting an Impactful Message

  • Writing an Effective Email

  • Planning an Effective Meeting

  • Planning an Effective Site Visit

  • Planning an Effective Phone Call

  • Following Up and Keeping Their Attention

Additionally, each workspace can be completed in 30-60 minutes. For the best experience, we encourage you to take the lessons in order.

Cick Here for Course Access

Credits: Three (3) credits in the NLC University Training Program (for NLC members).
Fee: $0

 

Understanding Foreclosure: The City Leader's Guide

NLC University, in collaboration with NLC Capstone Corporate Partner, Wells Fargo, is pleased to present a new online course designed to help municipal officials better understand the mortgage and foreclosure process and develop strategies to reduce the impact of foreclosure on cities. Because we understand what an important issue this is for communities, we're making this course available at no cost to both NLC members and non-members.

The course is offered in three self-paced modules:

• Module 1 - Understanding Foreclosure: How does it impact your city?
• Module 2 - Understanding Mortgage Basics: Who is responsible for taking care of vacant and abandoned properties?
• Module 3 - Building Strategies and Partnerships: How will you address foreclosure in your city?

Each module comes with specific learning objectives, can be completed in 30-60 minutes, and concludes with engagement activities and downloadable takeaways allowing you to go deeper. For the best experience, we encourage you to take the modules in order.

 

Course Access for NLC Members:

Register here to access the course and receive 2 credits in the NLC University Training Program.

Course Access for Non-Members:

Click on the modules below to skip registration and access the course directly for no credit.

Module 1
Module 2
Module 3

Credits: Two (2) credits in the NLC University Training Program (for NLC members).
Fee: $0