Continuing Education


NCD Continuing Education

“Continuing Education for your Professional Future”



Mission Statement:  “AFS recognizes continuing education is often one of the key benefits of membership.  Sponsoring workshop(s) at the annual MFWC has been the primary avenue the NCD has provided that service in the past.  However, the NCD CE Committee recognizes those opportunities are few and far between for most members.  Both hands-on and distance learning classes are occurring throughout the Midwest through a variety of sources year round.  The committee hopes members will benefit from having this information continually available on the NCD web page.” 


Knowledge Seekers Award

Are you a student that needs financial assistance to attend a training, workshop, or continuing education course?  You’re in luck!  Click HERE for the information you need, and an application, to apply for the NCDAFS Knowledge Seeker Award.


Webinars (Click for more Information):

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Upcoming Courses (click for more information, but you may have to scroll up a few lines):



R Programming for Data Sciences/

An online course through Michigan State University (MSU). Open to everyone!

Learn more at:

Course instructor: Dr. Andrew Finley

Course overview: R has emerged as a preferred programming language in a wide range of data intensive disciplines. The goal of this course is to teach applied and theoretical aspects of R programming for data sciences. Topics will cover generic programming language concepts as they are implemented in high-level languages such as R. Course content focuses on design and implementation of R programs to meet routine and specialized data manipulation/management and analysis objectives. Attention will also be given to mastering concepts and tools necessary for implementing reproducible research.

The course is delivered entirely online through the course management system D2L. Topics listed below are covered in an active, project-based learning environment:

-History and overview of R
-Install and configuration of R programming environment
-Basic language elements and data structures
-Data input/output
-Data storage formats
-Subsetting objects
-Control structures
-Scoping Rules
-Loop functions
-Graphics and visualization
-Grammar of data manipulation (dplyr and related tools)
-Statistical simulation

Please contact Andrew Finley with questions at [email protected]




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Ongoing Training Modules / Videos

The Management Assistance Team program  through the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies provides inexpensive online training opportunities on leadership, communication and facilitation. Follow the link below for more information:


Interested in Continuing Education Opportunities at the Parent Society Level?  Click HERE for a list of those.


Know of any Educational Opportunities that our NCD membership may be interested in attending?  Please share those with the CE Chair David Deslauriers

CE Members:

David Deslauriers, Manitoba, Canada  (Chair)

Melissa Wuellner, SD

Andy Turner, MO

Brad Farwell, MO

Kristen Patterson, IL


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