ECE® Essentials

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November 29 & 30, 2018. in Milwaukee, WI.

ECE® Essentials is a retreat-style training program for new employees in the field of international admissions and credential evaluation. 

The instruction combines:

  • The basics of credential evaluation
  • Fraud and forensics
  • Professional development: leadership and communication skills
  • Introduction of three student-sending countries:
    • China
    • India
    • Nepal

This two-day event allows attendees to network and establish new collegial relationships in our field. An optional networking event will be available for interaction on Thursday evening. Practical exercises and group work will reinforce the theoretical aspect of the training.

Each attendee will receive:

  • A crash course in credential evaluation to build your knowledge and your confidence in your new role
  • One-year complimentary subscription to the ECE® Connection Advantage ($300 value)
  • Training workbook
  • Tour of the library at ECE
  • Opportunities for door prizes
  • Certificate of Completion after Day 2




The background research ECE has done with documents is such a time saver and resource for universities among the USA. I thank the ECE evaluators for sharing their documents and knowledge.


ECE has developed a high quality and personalized training session to help educational professionals increase their knowledge and comfort level working with transcripts from specific countries. I am excited to take back some knowledge and resources to my university!


Overall, this was an in-depth and a great learning experience. It was chunk full of information regarding educational systems in China, India, and Nigeria. The forensics and fraud placed first in this training.

-Anonymous attendee

I loved that this training was small— it made it feel more intimate and casual while allowing the attendees to personalize the lessons by asking questions. The facilitators were all personable and knowledgeable, and they made the material accessible and easy to grasp. While I had a foundation in international credential evaluation, this training made me feel more confident in it (and made me not feel like such a nerd for enjoying it as much as I do). Thank you!


I feel much more confident in my communications with international students. The tools I have learned through ECE will help my department develop best practices when navigating the education systems of other countries.


I had a wonderful experience during the ECE Training! I learned a lot of extremely helpful information that I can take back to my institution to help us improve the way we work with students.


Sample Agenda

Day 1

Time Topic
8:00-8:30 a.m. Check in and Continental Breakfast
8:30-9:00 a.m. Introductions
9:00-10:00 a.m. Introduction to Credential Evaluation
10:00-10:15 a.m. BREAK
10:15-10:45 a.m. Introduction to Credential Evaluation continued
10:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Fraud and Forensics
12:30-1:15 p.m. LUNCH
1:15-3:00 p.m. Reading Chinese Characters and Introduction to the Chinese Education System
3:00-3:15 p.m. BREAK
3:15-4:00 p.m. Chinese Educational System continued
4:00-4:45 p.m. Professional Development
4:45-5:00 p.m. Wrap Up of Day 1
6:00-9:00 p.m. Optional Networking Event

Day 2

Time Topic
9:00-9:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast
9:30-10:45 a.m. Introduction to the Indian Educational System
10:45-11:00 a.m. BREAK
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Indian Educational System continued
12:30-1:15 p.m. LUNCH
1:15-2:00 p.m. Indian Educational System continued
2:00-2:45 p.m.  Professional Development
2:45-3:00 p.m. BREAK
3:00-4:00 p.m. Introduction to the Nepalese Educational System
4:00-4:30 p.m. Close of ECE® Essentials 

View Detailed Agenda (PDF)

ECE® Essentials FAQ

General Session Information

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  What materials are provided?

You will receive printed and online access to course materials.

  Am I required to bring anything?

Please bring your laptop and power cord. Internet access will be provided.

  Who are the trainers?
  • Amy Kawa, Evaluator
  • Amy Ullrich, Senior Evaluator
  • Charlie Hoehnen, Evaluator
  • Harmony St Laurent, Evaluator
  • Jack Nelson, Director of Market Development
  • Leigh Lane Peine, Senior Director of Marketing
  • Marybeth Gruenewald, Director of Global Initiatives
  • Matthew Holochwost, Evaluator
  • Melissa Ganiere, Research Evaluator
  • Majka Drewitz, Senior Evaluator
  • Sarah Pressman, Training and Staff Development Specialist

ECE reserves the right to substitute a trainer, speaker, or presenter due to unforeseen scheduling conflicts.

  What networking opportunities are there?

Apart from the workshop itself, an optional visit to the Christkindlmarket Milwaukee at Milwaukee’s new Fiserv Forum is planned for Thursday night. Join us to experience a traditional German holiday market in the heart of the city, where you can purchase food and drink, collectibles, and gifts.

Registration, Payment, and Refunds

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  When is payment due? What type of payment do you accept?

Full payment is due by 8:30 a.m., Thursday, November 29, 2018.

We will accept online payment by credit/debit cards through Eventbrite. You may also pay via money order or personal check made payable to Educational Credential Evaluators. Any personal check issued by a foreign bank must also list the name of an affiliated U.S. bank.

  What does the registration fee cover?

Registration covers the two-day training, printed and online access to materials, and food and beverage. Food and beverage includes two continental breakfasts, two lunches, snacks, and beverages such as coffee, tea, and water.

  What additional costs am I responsible for?

You are responsible for transportation, lodging, dinner, the optional networking opportunity, and any other costs accrued during your stay in Milwaukee.

  Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?


  Can I update my registration information?

If this is the case, please contact Sarah Pressman, Training and Staff Development Specialist, at

  Is my registration fee or ticket transferrable?

Yes. Please contact Sarah Pressman, Training and Staff Development Specialist, at

  What is the refund policy?

A written notice of a cancellation request must be received by mail or email at least 24 hours prior to the training session start time to qualify for a refund. Qualifying refunds, minus a $25 processing fee, will be issued within three weeks of the request. A refund will not be issued if a cancellation request is received after the training session.

A hyperlink to session materials will be sent to you within five business days after the training session if you do not qualify for a refund.

Transportation, Lodging, Events and More

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  Where is the ECE® Essentials Retreat - Autumn 2018 being held? Is parking available?

The ECE® Essentials Retreat- Autumn 2018 will take place in The Link first floor conference room in the Bottlehouse B building on the Schlitz Park campus in downtown Milwaukee. The address is 101 W. Pleasant St. Milwaukee, WI 53212.

Visitor parking is available at Schlitz Park during the hours of the retreat. Request a visitor parking pass in the pre-retreat questionnaire.

Jack Nelson, Director of Market Development and retreat presenter, will meet interested attendees at a designated location to walk together over to the retreat location. You can indicate your interest in the pre-retreat questionnaire.

  What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

If flying, visit How to Get From Mitchell International Airport to Downtown Milwaukee.

For transportation options during your stay, visit Milwaukee Downtown.

  What are my lodging options?

Schlitz Park is in the Westown neighborhood of downtown Milwaukee. Within one mile of our location you can find:


  What is there to do in Milwaukee?

While it might be cold, Milwaukee has a lot to offer both inside and out. So, bring your cold weather gear and experience Milwaukee! If what is listed below doesn’t peak your interest, check out Visit MilwaukeeMilwaukee Downtown, or Travel Wisconsin for more ideas.

  • Art connoisseur? New exhibitions will be waiting for you at the Milwaukee Art Museum.
  • Coffee drinker? Colectivo roasts and serves “the strongest coffee” around. Stop by their Humboldt Boulevard cafe, grab a drink, and watch their roasters at work!
  • Foodie? Stop by the Lakefront Brewery for traditional midwestern fish fry. Visit on Friday and get a side of traditional music from The Brewhaus Polka Kings!
  • In the holiday spirit? The Holiday Lights Festival lights up Milwaukee starting November 15.
  • Motorcycle enthusiast? Visit the Harley-Davidson Museum and continue to celebrate their 115th anniversary.
  • Nature lover and fitness guru? Squeeze in a workout by walking the Milwaukee RiverWalk, the Oak Leaf Trail, or the Lakefront!
  • Sports fan? Cheer for the Milwaukee Bucks as they play against the Chicago Bulls in the newly-built Fiserv Forum on Wednesday, November 28.
  • Theatergoer? The Milwaukee Rep presents A Christmas Carol starting Tuesday, November 27.