CANCELED - ECE® Essentials Two-Day Retreat - Summer 2019

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Schlitz Park / Bottlehouse B

101 W Pleasant St

The Link Conference Room (first floor)

Milwaukee, WI 53212

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ECE Essentials Summer 2019 has been canceled. It will be rescheduled for October 2019. More info to come!

ECE Essentials logo with Early Bird Rate $785 per attendee Register by May 31st

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
  • Introduction of three major student-sending countries: China, India, Vietnam
  • Professional development topics including modules on cross-cultural communication and working with Chinese students

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 confidence in your new role
  • Training workbook
  • One-year complimentary subscription to the ECE® Connection Advantage ($300 value)
  • Optional tour of the ECE® Library
  • Opportunities for door prizes
  • Certificate of Completion after Day 2


Contact Information

Who can I contact with questions?

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

General Session Information

What is on the agenda?

Day 1 – June 27th, 2019

  • 08:00 a.m. - 08:30 a.m. Check-in and Continental Breakfast
  • 08:30 a.m. - 09:00 a.m. Introductions, Logistics, and Ice Breaker
  • 09:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Intro to Credential Evaluation
  • 10:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Break
  • 10:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. Intro to Credential Evaluation continued
  • 10:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Fraud and Forensics
  • 12:30 p.m. - 01:15 p.m. Lunch with optional tour of the ECE® Library
  • 01:30 p.m. - 03:00 p.m. Reading Chinese Characters and The Educational System of China
  • 03:00 p.m. - 03:15 p.m. Break
  • 03:15 p.m. - 04:00 p.m. The Educational System of China cont.
  • 04:00 p.m. - 04:45 p.m. China: Language, Culture, and Why USA?
  • 04:45 p.m. - 05:00 p.m. Wrap-up of Day 1
  • 05:15 p.m. - 08:00 p.m. Optional Networking Event

Day 2 – June 28th, 2019

  • 09:00 a.m. - 09:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast
  • 09:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. The Educational System of India
  • 10:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Break
  • 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. The Educational System of India cont.
  • 12:30 p.m. - 01:15 p.m. Lunch
  • 01:15 p.m. - 02:00 p.m. The Educational System of India cont.
  • 02:00 p.m. - 02:45 p.m. Cross-cultural Communication
  • 02:45 p.m. - 03:00 p.m. Break
  • 03:00 p.m. - 04:00 p.m. The Educational System of Vietnam
  • 04:00 p.m. - 04:30 p.m. Close of ECE® Essentials

ECE reserves the right to change the agenda due to unforeseen conflicts.

What materials are provided?

You will receive printed and flash drive 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 and presenters?

  • Amy Kawa, Evaluator
  • Amy Ullrich, Senior Evaluator
  • Charlie Hoehnen, Evaluator
  • Harmony St Laurent, Evaluator
  • Marybeth Gruenewald, Director of Global Initiatives
  • Majka Drewitz, Senior Evaluator
  • Zachary Holochwost, Research Evaluator
  • Melissa Ganiere, Research Evaluator
  • Nick Kelley, 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?

First and foremost, you will have the opportunity to meet and talk with our trainers as well as your fellow attending credential evaluation professionals.

As a bonus, there will be an after-hours networking opportunity on Thursday evening.

Registration, Payment, and Refunds

How much is registration? What does the registration fee cover?

Early Bird registration is $785 per attendee. The Early Bird registration deadline is May 31st, 2019.

General registration is $845 per attendee.

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

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

Full payment is due by 8:30 a.m., Thursday, June 27th, 2019.

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 additional costs am I responsible for?

You are responsible for transportation, lodging, dinner, 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?

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

Is my registration fee or ticket transferable?

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.

Location, Transportation, and Lodging

Where is the ECE® Essentials Retreat - Summer 2019 being held? Is parking available?

The ECE® Essentials Retreat- Summer 2019 will take place in The Link conference room on the first floor of 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.

What transportation options are available once I arrive in Milwaukee?

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 in downtown Milwaukee, west of the Milwaukee River. Within one mile of our location you can find:

While You Are Here

According to VISIT Milwaukee, "we have a little something for everyone and a lot of things that you didn’t know you wanted”. Check out our curated list of activities and attractions below. If this doesn't pique your interest, check out VISIT Milwaukee, Milwaukee Downtown, or Travel Wisconsin for more ideas.

  • Person-about-town? Milwaukee is known for its countless and varied summer festivals. Two music festivals in action during your trip are Summerfest “the world’s largest music festival”, and Jazz in the Park, “Milwaukee’s favorite free, outdoor, summer music series, featuring an eclectic lineup of jazz, big band, funk, R & B, reggae, blues and more”.
  • 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 Lakefront location, grab a drink, and take in the views from a table outside.
  • Foodie? Stop by the Lakefront Brewery for a traditional midwestern fish fry. Visit on Friday and get a side of traditional music from The Brewhaus Polka Kings!
  • Motorcycle enthusiast? Visit the Harley-Davidson Museum.
  • Nature lover and fitness guru? Squeeze in a workout by walking the Milwaukee RiverWalk, the Oak Leaf Trail, or the Lakefront!
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Milwaukee, WI 53212

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