National Nutrition Certification Program (NNCP)
   Methodology     The first step was to develop and design an intensive nutrition curriculum that included topics ranging from biochemistry, nutrition, and biology to cooking techniques and principles that showed instructors how to teach. This step took a lot of critical thinking and an ability to strip down the huge topic of nutrition into its simple and essential components. Much of the curriculum was remodeled, expanded, and updated from the prior curriculum, taking into account current nutrition research. The final product significantly increased the depth and breadth of knowledge available to instructors seeking certification.    After the initial development of the curriculum, I had it reviewed by several professors and dieticians. Drawing upon their keen intellect and knowledge, I was able (through many iterations) to shorten sections of the content while simultaneously adding new topics. My goal was to focus on the essential knowledge that volunteer teachers would need to know when instructing others.    While developing the curriculum I researched learning management systems (LMS), and selected Canvas as our LMS because it could be automated, was interactive, and was easy to use. I liked this platform because the courses could be laid out in a progression and be self-sustainable, with certificates of completion and graduation automatically generated and awarded when participants completed the curriculum and passed the examinations.     Results     According to an email I received from current program directors, as of June 2016, there were nearly 1,600 NNCP graduates. Other states and organizations use this curriculum for their own certifications because they like the quality and completeness of the training. Participants and education directors are pleased with the program, which takes approximately 40 hours to complete.     Here is the link to the   sign-up page   and the  Prezi  overview of the program        Final Thoughts     I enjoyed this project because I had the freedom to design the curriculum, experience the iterative process, and create something that could make an positive impact on nutrition educators and, through them, food stamp recipients.       
prev / next