Student Enrollment Set to 20 New Students per Month

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Max. Capacity: 20 Students Per MonthAs popularity for our online doula training program continues to grow, we have enjoyed over the past several months new registration numbers  coming in at between 15 to 20 new students per month. While we are both gratified and excited by the success and interest in our course, we are having to deal with the real challenge of growth and how to manage that effectively.  An additional issue that concerns us is the retention of students after registration, meaning that we have quite a few that sign up, and then never move past registration. This same group tends to drop off after the first month or two in the program.

Our one limitation that we not willing to budge from is the desire to keep our company structure small and personal. We feel that this smallness of business overhead is at the very heart of what has allowed us to keep our services both personable and affordable.  Technology allows us to stay small and affordable, while still serving our students reasonably and timely. So in an effort to keep our current culture in place, we are announcing the implementation of enrollment limits for new students starting in September 2014.

Student enrollment limits will be put in place to only allow the registration of  20 new students per month. We will use a first-come, first-serve policy, not giving preference to different payment options. Once the quota of 20 new students has been met, registration will be closed for the month, and the option to be added to a waiting list will be added. We feel that this will serve a dual purpose in both limiting the number of students that can enroll in a given month, as well as filter out those prospective students who are interested, but perhaps are not as committed for whatever reason.

Additionally, we hope that those who are waiting to sign up for the course will take advantage of the free first unit of the course. This will allow prospective students waiting to begin the program an opportunity to start reading and studying before they pay for the program. Hence, this will then afford prospective students a period of evaluation without making the financial commitment up front.  We see it as a win-win solution for both prospective students and us, the company.

The end goal of these changes to the registration process is 1) to allow us more time to focus on the successful training of students already in the program,  2) to improve the quality of the training materials,  and 3) to create a stronger and  larger base of  trained and certified doulas to serve new and expectant mothers!

 

 

10 Responses

  1. Blanca E Boche
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    I can afford option, 3.
    Thank you.
    I’ve purchased the three additional books, and about to begin the free first class you offer.

    • Rachel
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      Thanks Blanca for signing up! Glad the third option is good fit for you.

  2. Janessa
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    If I wanted to do this, do I have to sign up before the first of the month or does registration start on the first? I just found you today, I’m kind of excited by this possibility!

    • Rachel
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      You can sign up at anytime during the month as long as we haven’t reached our monthly quota. Once we reach 20 student quota, you cannot sign up until the beginning of the next month.

  3. susan carlin
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    I just found your site I see it’s full I put my name on the waiting list for April and the 3rd payment option is the best for me do I have to go back to the site to register on the 1st im new to this sorry

    • Brent
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      Yeah, I saw your request come through this afternoon. Our waiting list has filled up for April and our first 20 slots have already been filled. Basically, when spaces become available you will be sent a registration invitation with a private link to complete your registration, most likely that will be on the 6th of April, assuming that not all 20 people sign up. In the rare chance that all 20 that are on the waiting list do complete their registration, you would have to wait until May, but that is highly unlikely. Thanks!

      • susan carlin
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        Thank u and please let me know asap about registration I really believe this is my calling thank u again

  4. Jessica
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    I signed up to be put on the waiting list. Hopefully the wait won’t be to long. I wanted to do this years ago but my ex husband wasn’t so nice and refused to let me get any education that might help me! Now, I’m happy to be able to move forward with this. I really like the idea that there is a cap on the amount of students taken at one time, so you don’t get as lost in the shuffle of people. Hope to be learning from you soon!

    🙂

  5. decha
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    How long is the course? Do you meet with other students uf possible in your area. What does the payment cover? Books etc. How soon can you sign up to begin in July if a class starts then.

    • Brent
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      Our instruction is exclusively in an independent study format. As such. we allow for up to two years to complete your training, but many are able to do it in much less time than that. Payment covers the cost of materials for the course, except for the three required reading texts, which you must purchase separately. Registration is on a first come, first serve basis, with new spaces usually opening up at the beginning of each month depending on the length of the waiting list. So far, we’ve been able to let in everyone that has wanted to start within the next month, if not sooner. For example, as of this writing, there are still 9 spaces left for a guaranteed start at the beginning of June. Hope this helps.

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