Lone Star Academy- Online training available through December 2020

The Lone Star Academy is a learning and gathering opportunity for Habitat for Humanity affiliates to gain knowledge, community, and experience. The series includes courses with certification, like the Certificate in Grant Writing, and individual courses in all Habitat’s job areas, including construction, finance, homebuyer services, fundraising, and community engagement. Habitat affiliates can sign up for the whole series or purchase individual classes. All trainings will remain available through December 2020!

The course catalog contains over 40 offerings, covering these Habitat related topics: Construction, Finance, Fundraising, Home-buyer Services, and Volunteers. In addition to these topics, there are 4 Learning Intensives in Grant Writing, Construction Project Management, Advanced Leadership Competencies, and Exceptional Boards.

Payment/Registration Options Available:

Enterprise Level: One price for your entire affiliate, ALL board members, staff and volunteers to participate in any course (Learning Intensives excluded) $2500. Includes FREE access to the Exceptional Board Series Learning Intensive. Upon registration for this Level you will receive an email with instructions for your individual people to sign up.

Professional Level: One price for one person up to eight classes. $450. Please, no swapping registrants. Includes FREE access to the Exceptional Board Series Learning Intensive. Upon registration for this Level you will receive an email with instructions on how to select your courses.

Single Classes: Each class is $75.

Learning Intensives: (priced individually)

  • Certificate of Grant Writing $500 – a 36-hour certification (3.0 CEUs)
  • Construction Project Management Course $175 – an 6-hour course
  • Exceptional Board Member Series – $250 – a ten part course in bite-sized chunks
  • Advanced Leadership Competencies – $250 – a four part series

Book Clubs: $40 and includes the book (NEW Book Clubs coming Fall 2020)

Who? Affiliate Board Members, Staff and Volunteers

What? The Lone Star Summer Series

When? Now through the end of 2020

Where? On-demand

Get registered

Jeremi Suri, Closing Keynote Speaker


Yes! You absolutely can. All of our live webinars were recorded over the summer and turned into online courses. Each one includes the Zoom recording broken up into small sections of video, participants and instructor discussion, meaningful text, and PowerPoint notes. Additionally, our training intensives and prerecorded courses are still available, so be sure to check them out!

After registering for a course, make sure you are logged in to your account and then click on the course you want to complete. Once on the course homepage, select the green “Start Lesson” button, which will take you to the content portion of the course. If you are participating in a live webinar, you will find the Zoom login information and a section for course feedback. If the webinar has already occurred or you are taking a pre-recorded course, then you will see the list of lessons, in addition to course feedback. Click HERE to watch a short tutorial on how to take each lesson, how to complete the course, and then how to get a certificate at the end. If you participated in the live webinar, begin watching the video at 1:50 to learn how to take the course feedback survey and finish the course. (You do not need to rewatch all the lesson videos once they are processed and uploaded if you attended the Zoom call.) It is important to also note that the percentage bar that displays your progress does not need to read 100% for you to complete a course (quizzes and feedback take longer to process). These steps are the same for each of the courses that are part of the Lone Star Summer Series.

The Enterprise subscription covers your entire affiliate – all volunteers, board and staff can take unlimited courses – for $2500. For one person to attend up to eight sessions, the price is $450. Single class purchase is $75/class. By comparison, the average cost for the Lone Star Summit, not including travel, is $700 per person.

The Learning Intensives, just like the Summit, are an add-on bonus, and the prices vary by the series.

The Book Club also varies, based on the price of the book, and ranges from $15 to $25.

We are very happy to walk you through the system before the sessions begin, so you are comfortable accessing the online portal. Just ask!

We understand this is an investment and are actively seeking scholarships for you. If you can donate to help another affiliate, please call us.

We have some really great ways for sponsors to connect with our Lone Star Summer Series attendees. Please consider the best level for you to join us. Click here to download the package benefits.

Natosha Reid Rica, Opening Keynote Speaker

Learning Intensives

These courses offer a deep dive into pertinent topics with certificates offered upon completion.

Get Certified in these Learning Intensives

  • Certificate of Grant Writing
  • Advanced Topics in Leadership
  • Project Management in Construction – an 8-hour learning intensive
  • Exceptional Boards – Learning Modules in bite-size chunks

Click here to view our Learning Intensives.

Find the Right Classes For You

All volunteers and staff can take each and every course for one low rate at the Enterprise Level, or individuals can pick up to eight, discounted courses.

Find the Right Classes For You

The Lone Star Academy includes 50 classes in seven tracks:

  • Construction
  • Homebuyer Services
  • Finance
  • ReStore
  • Fundraising
  • Volunteer and Community Outreach
  • Leadership

Click here for the online catalog of classes.

Book Clubs

Our Summer Book Clubs were so popular, we are hosting two NEW ones this Fall. Get ready to cozy up with a cup of coffee, a good book, and meaningful discussion. Stay tuned to find out more!

Book Clubs

Reading is a great way to widen your world view and grow as an individual. After all, Leaders are Readers! Sign up for a session with Amy Ledbetter Parham andTosha Herron-Bruff or Ken Schuetz, and we will send you the book. Class size is limited!

Click HERE to register for “How to Be an Antiracist” Bookclub.

Registration for additional Fall Book Clubs is coming soon.

Many Thanks to Our Sponsors

Be sure to thank our sponsors on Social Media using #HabitatSummerSeries


View the Entire Catalog of Courses
Chief Executive and Board Courses
Fundraising Courses
Homeowner Services and Finance Courses
ReStore Courses
Construction Courses
Community Engagement and Volunteer Courses


Top Ten Leaders

These individuals completed the most courses out of over 300 participants. It is evident through their completion of the Lone Star Summer Series courses that they’re committed to learning and growing as leaders. Congratulations to our winners!

Gennifer Coleman

LaJuan Gordon

Madeline Zwicke

Nancie Stephens-Gonzales

Javan Chandler

Matt Murphy

Mario Trevino

Pedro Mauras

Lisa Kainer

Pamela Wilson

Affiliate Leaderboard

Congratulations to Houston Habitat for Humanity for having over 50 participants in our Summer Series. We applaud you for your leadership and excellence! In second place, Austin Habitat for Humanity had 30 participants, and in third, Bryan/College Station sent 27 people. Thank you to everyone who participated in our Lone Star Summer Series!