Case Studies

  1. CourseStorm Case Study: Shasta College Community Education and Business Training Center

    CourseStorm helped a diverse not-for-credit education program improve its students’ registration experience and customer satisfaction, and free up staff time to focus on growth.

    The Background

    Shasta College was founded in 1950 in Redding, California and is committed to serving its community through education. Its Community Education and Business Training Center offers educational opportunities for personal enrichment, professional development, and career training. The business training center provides workforce training to businesses while Shasta’s enrichment classes range from finance, health and fitness, computers, cooking, creative arts, parenting, and day trips to regional events. Shasta College not-for-credit programs not only provide lifelong learning to the region but also help keep California’s workforce competitive in an increasingly competitive global market.

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  2. CourseStorm Case Study: Manchester Community College

    CourseStorm helped Manchester Community College’s Workforce Development and Community Education program achieve a substantial increase in the number of enrollments through a streamlined, easy-to-use registration experience.

    The Background

    Manchester Community College (MCC) located in Manchester, NH has a finely tuned program focused on workforce development. Their learning community includes those looking to gain skills, pursue career advancement, or maintain professional certifications. These opportunities are key for their mixed audience of rural and urban students.

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  3. CourseStorm Case Study: Salina Public Library

    CourseStorm helped a library program increase registrations by 25% in just one week. Before they’d hit their second month with CourseStorm, they were up 35%!

    “Ease of use, friendly customer support, and lack of design clutter are my three favorite things about using this program.”

    — Glory Benacka, CLASS Program Coordinator

    The Background

    Salina Public Library’s mission is to connect people to information, learning, and culture. Serving a city of 50,000, the library has been a trendsetter in its investment in community education. The Library “enriches lives by providing accessible information, learning resources and services to meet the evolving needs of a dynamic and diverse community.”  

    Their Community Learning and Skill Sharing (CLASS) program connects skilled community members with people eager to learn something new. Every semester is full of informative and fun courses on topics like cooking, art, language, and wellness.

    The Challenge

    Imagine it’s the opening day of registration. People are calling, they’re logging onto the internet, and they’re visiting in person to register for classes! It should be a day of excitement, but instead, it’s complicated and exhausting. After trying to register online without success, they’d call the busy office, and finally, just come in person to the office. To prevent “duplicate” transactions, your credit card processor requires three minutes between registrations using the same credit card, so crowds of people are lined up with multiple credit cards at the ready to make the process go just a little faster. And think, all this to register for one class.

    That was opening day for CLASS at Salina Public Library. 

    The program used by the library was not keeping up with the times. While their software served them as a room scheduling program (and still does), its registration capabilities were not providing a good experience for the staff or people trying to register. It was cumbersome, had a complicated waitlist system, and worst of all —that long wait between card transactions. The work required by support staff for each registration meant wasted time and money.

    The Solution

    After conferring with the department director, Salina’s CLASS staff looked at trends in online registration. They needed something affordable that still met their needs. They wanted the experience to be exceptional for its community of learners. After reviewing several solutions, Salina Public Library found CourseStorm. 

    They liked what they saw, especially with no annual fee —an essential factor for a budget-constrained library. The simplicity and carefully designed interface meant that it was easy for staff to learn, and the learning community found it to be a comfortable and convenient match. 

    Mobile screenshot of a Salina Public Library CLASS CourseStorm Site

    The Results

    “CourseStorm empowered our staff to focus on more important aspects of the program. It’s a really nice, slick program, and I enjoy being able to let that take care of the housekeeping of the program,” said CLASS Program Coordinator Glory Benaka. “I have trained several coworkers to use Courestorm and always emphasize that as long as you follow the prompts, you will get where you need to go in this program. It’s incredibly user-friendly and logically designed,” Benacka observed.

    And their patrons love it too. Since moving to CourseStorm, registrants have commented on how much easier it is to use than the prior system. They like that student accounts can save credit cards to make the next registrations easier, and that if they’re waitlisted, their cards are only charged when they enroll in the class.

    They found that CourseStorm’s world-class personal support has helped to make the process smooth and simple for patrons and staff alike. The increased efficiency also dramatically changed their schedule for planning, enabling them to get more done in a shorter period.

    “I think the best thing we have going now is that it’s a 24/7 system and students can do it themselves and do it from home, 24/7. It allows us to be here as a point of contact for support…but it really empowers students to manage their own classes and accounts.”

    —Glory Benacka

    More registrations and more time to plan? Sounds impossible! (But it’s the truth!)

     


    To see how we might help your program or more information, email contact@coursestorm.com or call us at (207) 866-0328. 

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  4. CourseStorm Case Study: Sacopee Valley Adult Ed program

    CourseStorm helps a struggling, rural adult education program transition to a thriving community resource through a streamlined and easy registration experience.

    The Background

    The Sacopee Valley Adult Ed program is located in a small, rural community in Maine and offers adult and community education courses to a large district. The dedicated staff provides a variety of educational opportunities to learners in their local community, but it wasn’t long ago that the program was struggling and considering closing. Dave Durkee, Director of Adult Ed programs, was asked to come in and help. Dave knows what a successful program needs to grow and be sustainable. He brought in CourseStorm to add an online registration presence and was able to increase enrollments by 316% in the first year.

    CourseStorm is very intuitive and user-friendly, with an easy way to register and pay. It’s so simple to use for our learners.”

    —Dave Durkee, Director Adult Ed Programs, Sacopee Valley Adult Ed

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  5. CourseStorm Case Study: Salina Public Library CLASS

    CourseStorm helped a library program increase registrations by 25% in just one week. Before they’d hit their second month with CourseStorm, they were up 35%!

    “Ease of use, friendly customer support, and lack of design clutter are my three favorite things about using this program.” —Glory Benacka, CLASS Program Coordinator 

    The Background

    Salina Public Library’s mission is to connect people to information, learning, and culture. Serving a city of 50,000, the library has been a trendsetter in its investment in community education. The Library “enriches lives by providing accessible information, learning resources and services to meet the evolving needs of a dynamic and diverse community.”  

    Their Community Learning and Skill Sharing (CLASS) program connects skilled community members with people eager to learn something new. Every semester is full of informative and fun courses on topics like cooking, art, language, and wellness.

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  6. CourseStorm Case Study: MaineHealth Learning Resource Center

    Using CourseStorm, a community health program integrated and smoothed out its class signup process and substantially grew its revenue.

    The Background

    The MaineHealth Learning Resource Center (LRC) believes that figuring out how to be healthy shouldn’t be hard. Its staff of health educators develops and carries out strategies to improve the health of individuals and communities. Creating, coordinating and offering health education programs; providing resources and information to promote healthy living and prevent disease; and connecting people to credible resources are the staff’s primary tasks. 

    The center also holds a large number of classes on a regular basis from healthy eating to maternity workshops to cancer treatment education, offered at multiple locations in the MaineHealth system. Keeping on top of registrations and registrants was a constant and time-consuming challenge for staff.

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