Office of the State Superintendent of Education - Higher Education Licensure Commission Approval for School Re-Opening Plan - National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts - July 2020
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Please be aware that NCDA is a commuter school, so there are no dorms, and we do not offer athletic programs. Our sole focus is on training students for careers in the entertainment industry.
Our campus consists of a single large building that provides approximately 6,000 square feet of offices and classrooms, as well as a library, computer lab, black-box theatre, and a backstage area.
Our faculty, staff, and student body have a long history of working together with creativity and respect, and we have encountered no security issues with outsiders. That said, the campus is in a popular neighborhood in a major metropolitan city, so we advise everyone – students, staff, faculty, and visitors – to be as alert and cautious as they would be in any major city. The security information we provide under the Act pertains to our campus only, not to the larger Georgetown neighborhood or city in general.
Program Name: Diploma in Acting (Two Year Acting Program)
Length of Program: 16 Months
Reporting Period: 5/2015 - 1/2016
Number of Graduates: 16 of 20
Graduation Percentage: 80%
Number of Graduates Employed in Field: 5 of 16
Placement Percentage: 63%
NOTE: Of the 16 graduates in this cohort 5 were employed in training related jobs within the reporting period, 7 were invited to continue to the Conservatory’s Advanced Certificate in Acting Program (and accepted and entered that program within the reporting period) and 1 student went on the complete a bachelor’s degree program at a four-year institution. Three graduates are employed in unrelated occupations and did not secure training related employment in the reporting period of within 6 months of graduation.
Program Name: Advanced Certificate in Acting (Advanced Training Program)
Program Length: 8 Months
Reporting Period: 5/2016 - 12/2016
Number of Graduates: 9 of 9
Graduation Percentage: 100%
Graduates Employed in the Field: 7
Placement Percentage: 78%
NOTE: Of the 9 graduates in this cohort 7 were employed in training related jobs within the reporting period. Two graduates are employed in unrelated occupations and did not secure training related employment in the reporting period of within 6 months of graduation.
Information regarding the school is available as a hard-copy form by contacting Nan Ficca at email@example.com or (202) 333-2202.
The National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts is committed to equal opportunity in educational programs, admissions and employment. It is the policy of the school to provide equal opportunity for all qualified applicants, students and employees and to prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, gender, religion national origin, age, sexual preference, disability, or marital status.
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In an effort to help students remain in school during Covid 19 pandemic, the US Department of Education (The Department) has created a program to give institutions of Higher Education funding for the sole and exclusive purpose of providing emergency financial aid grants to students for their expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child-care expenses.
The National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts (NCDA) is participating in the U.S. Department of Education Section 18004(a)(1) CARES Act grant program and our institution was obligated funds on 5/15/2020 12:50:30 PM.
NCDA signed and returned to The Department the Certification and Agreement for the 18004(a)(1) CARES Act grant program and will use no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.
NCDA received a total of $20,261 from the Department pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students. The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of the date of submission of this notice is $4,280. The estimated total number of students at the institution who are or could be eligible to participate in the Federal student financial aid programs under Section 484 of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, and thus are eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act is sixteen (16) students. The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act is <10 students. The Department is making each institution responsible for determining the criteria for allocating funds to students in need, and the documentation needed for the school’s records which must be open for audit by The Department at the end of the funding period which is now through March 2021.
Note that students can ask for funding anytime in the funding period as stated above. So, if your circumstances are impacted by Coronavirus at a future point in the late Summer or Fall 2020 or Spring 2021 semester – the program will continue to be in place, as long as funds have not been completely expended.
Students need only be enrolled at the institution and, funds are available for both students already receiving financial aid (Pell Grants, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants and Student Loans) under Title IV and those who do not receive them. The Department has asked institutions to prioritize the needs of students already receiving the Pell Grant.
To request funds students must complete NCDA’s official application and email it with supporting documentation as applicable to the School Director Nan Ficca at NFicca@TheConservatory.org. Applications will be reviewed immediately and additional documentation may be requested if needed to complete review of the application.
If you have questions before submitting a request for funds you can reach Mrs. Ficca by email as above or by phone at 202.333.2202.
Funded, in part, by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, an agency supported, in part, by the National Endowment for the Arts.
The National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts is not affiliated with the Federal Government, the District of Columbia Government, or any other state or local government. The "National" in the name of the institution refers only to our location.
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