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Is it appropriate to authorize curricular practical training (CPT) for training that is integral to but not required by the curriculum? How do your policies and practices compare with those from other institutions? Can we expect guidance on CPT soon from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security? How should you prepare?

These questions and more will be explored in this webinar. Our focus will be institutions that authorize CPT for training activities that are integral to but not required by the curriculum, including alternate work-study, internships, or cooperative education. Discussion topics will include: the legal foundations of CPT; institutional policies and practices (including forms); and effective communication of practices with students, faculty, staff, and training providers or employers.


Participants will be able to:

  • Explore the legal foundations of CPT and “gray areas” that impact decisionmaking;
  • Gain insight into preparing for anticipated agency guidance on CPT;
  • Share best practices for authorizing CPT for training that is integral to but not required by the curriculum;
  • Develop strategies for communicating policies and practices to stakeholders.

This CPT webinar is the second in a series. The first focused on institutions that authorize CPT for required training and robust cooperative education programs. Learn more about this on-demand webinar.

If you want to continue the conversation about CPT with your peers after the Webinar, there will be an extended online chat.

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Machelle AllmanMachelle Allman
University of Washington

Machelle Allman is assistant director of international student services and international student advisor at the University of Washington in Seattle, and has worked in international higher education for 20 years. She currently serves as the student issues regulatory ombud for NAFSA’s Region I. She has led the F-1 for Beginners and J-1 for Beginners workshops and is a frequent speaker and panelist on regulatory issues. Allman also presented on a panel for a NAFSA virtual brown-bag on the Windsor decision and co-presented a session on “Leadership for the International Educator” at NAFSA’s 2014 Annual Conference in San Diego, California.

Laura Flower KimLaura Flower Kim
California Institute of Technology

Laura Flower Kim serves as the associate director of international student programs at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in Pasadena, California. Previously, she worked at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena and at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. An active member of NAFSA, Flower Kim serves on the International Student and Scholar Regulatory Practice (ISS-RP) Student Subcommittee. She has served as Chair and Communications Coordinator for the Southern California District of Region XII and has led the Los Angeles PIER (Professional International Educators Roundtable). In 2006, she received the Fulbright International Education Administrators grant to Korea.

Cara Frankowicz
Berklee College of Music

Cara Frankowicz is the assistant director of international student services at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. Frankowicz serves as the primary advisor for Berklee’s diverse population of F-1 visa holders and collaborates with colleagues on and off campus to provide dynamic programming on a variety of practical and cultural topics. Her area of specialization is designing creative, visual communication tailored to specific needs of international students and English language learners. Frankowicz is currently pursuing a master of fine arts in information design and visualization at Northeastern University in Boston.

Joann Ng HartmannJoann Ng Hartmann
University of Tennessee-Knoxville

Joann Ng Hartmann is an associate director at the University of Tennessee Knoxville (UT) Center for International Education. Ng Hartmann is responsible for managing the international student and scholar services unit and serves as the principal designated school official (PDSO) and ARO for UT. As a NAFSA volunteer on the national level, she serves as the chair for the International Student and Scholar Regulatory Practice Committee (ISS-RP). Ng Hartmann is also a member of NAFSA's Trainer Corps. She holds a master of science in communication from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette.