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New this year… the Office of Study Away is hosting professional development sessions to create FLSA Emergency Action Plans.
In partnership with the Center for Faculty Development (CFD), we will guide program leaders through the process of creating the EAP. The EAP is a requirement in for FLSA programs. More importantly, it is a tool to guide a university response if needed.
The EAP sessions take place October 22 at 10:30 AM and October 23 at 3 pm.
A big shout out to Erin Greunke who has been developing a full FLSA professional development opportunities for program leaders. The EAP session will be the first of several offered in the coming months.
Also, thanks to Jerry Daday for guiding our team through this process.
Early applications are up from last year with over 50 applications.
The winter application deadline is November 1. Spring applications are accepted until January 31 with the summer deadline is in early March.
See past awardees and their projects at this link… http://www.wku.edu/flsa/student/deloaward.php
High-five to Rebecca Schwartz for wrangling this project so effectively.
October 15, 2013
Allen County Training Consortium Receives Grant
The Allen County Technological & Industrial Vocational Education Consortium, Inc. (“ACTIVE” Consortium), located in Scottsville, Kentucky, has received a $75,000 Bluegrass State Skills Grant from the Kentucky Economic Development Cabinet. This is a matching grant, bringing a total amount available for training in Allen County to $150,000. The Bluegrass State Skills Grant is designed to improve and promote employment opportunities for the Kentucky residents through training grants with business and industry.
It assists companies by providing training classes that can be utilized by the four local industries that currently make up the consortium. Consortia projects, which promote collaborative training initiatives for companies with common training needs, must be industry-driven and be a partnership between business, industry, education and government to maximize the effectiveness of the current and future workforce. Training classes will be conducted in Scottsville, which will allow trainees to spend less time away from their jobs as well as be a cost saving to the consortium members.
Executive Director of Economic Development of the Allen County-Scottsville Industrial Development Authority Richie Sanders said that there are currently four industries involved in our training consortium. They include the Halton Company, the J. M. Smucker Company, Sumitomo Electric Wiring Systems, Inc. and Dollar General Corporation. “These training programs will improve skills for our workers and help make our companies better, offering a great opportunity to invest in our citizens,” said Sanders.
Allen County Judge Executive Johnny Hobdy stated, “As technology changes in today’s business and industry environment, training of the workforce is critical to their survival. We are extremely excited to be the recipient of this Bluegrass State Skills Grant and want to thank the Kentucky Economic Development Cabinet for their recognition of our efforts.”
According to Rick Bagwell, president of Halton Group Americas and outgoing ACTIVE president, “Cooperation within our community augments our total community position, whether within governments or between industry, education and our Industrial Development Authority. In this instance, we successfully allow our industries to train their personnel, we provide evidence that our community is forward thinking which assists in our efforts to attract new businesses, and we provide personal growth opportunities for those already employed to advance in their selected careers.”
“The need for workforce training is in high demand – it is very important that Kentucky’s workforce be the best it can be,” stated Dana Russell, human resources administrator at the JM Smucker Plant in Scottsville. “We have to remain competitive to provide good jobs for our citizens. I want to see our community thrive. I want Scottsville/Allen County to be able to compete when industry is looking for a location or relocation.”
Matt Adams, general manager of general affairs, Sumitomo Electric Wiring Systems, Inc., said that “these investments in training will strengthen our local workforce and help ensure Scottsville/Allen County remains attractive and competitive for future growth, which is great news for our current Sumitomo associates, future Sumitomo associates, the citizens of Scottsville and our regional economy.”
Carey Massey, Dollar General’s senior manager of human resources at the Scottsville distribution center said that at Dollar General, training and development are two valued components of success for both the company and for its employees. “These training resources will help support ongoing education efforts and help further position both Dollar General and Allen County residents for continued success,” stated Massey.
Robert L. Curry, Cabinet for Economic Development’s Bluegrass State Skills Corporation executive director said that “We are pleased to partner with the ACTIVE Consortium in Allen Co. to assist in providing quality training for their workforce,” said. “In today’s fast-paced business environment it is essential for companies to continuously train their workforce in order to remain competitive in today’s global economy. Our board of directors has placed a high priority on awarding grants to training consortium around the state to assist them with their workforce development needs.”
Dr. Sue Parrigin, Program Manager for Western Kentucky University’s Workforce Training Center is coordinating the grant program. “Western Kentucky University’s Workforce Training Center is excited to deliver high quality training programs to industry in Allen County through the Bluegrass State Skills grant program,” she said.
For more information regarding this press release please contact Richie Sanders at 270-784-0751 or visit www.scottsvillegrowth.com.
How fast another couple of weeks have gone by for CPD and the Workforce Training Center! The major development for the Workforce Training Center and CPD is that Allen County ACTIVE Consortium recieved official word from Blue Grass State Skills Grant In Aid that they recieved a $75,000 grant for a 50% reimbursement of up to $150,000 worth of training for the next 12-months. Sue met with the ACTIVE committee on Thursday Oct. 3rd to begin planning the training program and schedules. Also, Julie, Cindy, and Sue attended the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce Industry Appreciation banquet at the Corvette Museum on Oct. 3rd with other members of DELO and WKU.
A team of Imagewest students and faculty completed a monthlong international internship in England during the summer 2013. As part of the program and supported by a DELO study abroad award, the team completed a promotional package for Faculty-Led Study Abroad.
WKU’s Test Prep program is gaining momentum! The ACT Summer Institute was a success and our fall programming is underway. The first LSAT prep course has started to meet twice weekly and the fall ACT prep course began a six-week program meeting on Sunday afternoons.
On September 18th we hosted a free GRE strategy workshop and a free GMAT strategy workshop with 58 prospective test-takers responding. We are delighted to bring quality test preparation programs to the area and proud that we can deliver these programs at a reasonable cost. We are eager to hear about the effectiveness of the GRE prep program from two of our DELO team members who are registered to attend beginning September 30th.
Distance Learning is thrilled to be the 2013 host of the annual Association for Distance Education and and Independent Learning (ADEIL) conference. ADEIL 2013 is October 10-12 and will be held at the Knicely Conference Center. This is a time for leaders in distance education and independent learning to share insights and experiences with their peers.
The keynote speaker, Dr. James Selbe, will take attendees on the journey the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) has undergone to actuate their Direct2Degree online degree program and their use of competency-based instruction to accommodate the changing needs of students.
The conference program also includes a special state authorization track and we are excited that representatives from the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education will be presenting. Other topics of interest include instructional design, student services, teaching, and testing.
Registration ends September 23, 2013. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to learn what other institutions are doing and reveal your own commitment to the race!
Visit this link for more information: http://www.wku.edu/eps/adeil/index.php.
Revolution and Progress in 21st Century Cuba
A public talk by Rodrigo Gonzalez
Tuesday, September 24
Mr. Gonzales has twenty years of experience in research, consulting, and US/Cuba exchange programs. A resident of Cuba, he has studied at the University of Havana, the Higher Institute of International Relations Raul Roa (ISRI), and San Francisco State University.
Sponsored by the following:
Department of Modern Languages
Kentucky Institute for International Studies
Office of International Programs
Office of Study Abroad & Global Learning
Office of Study Away