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GEAPS, K-State Announce Credentials Program in Grain Operations Management

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – The Grain Elevator and Processing Society (GEAPS) and Kansas State University recently announced a joint credentials program for the grain-handling industry and related professions.

“This program offers opportunities for professional development that have never existed before,” said GEAPS International President Bill Lyster. People in the grain industry have taken courses and attended seminars and still do that. Often it has been very useful, but in the end educational programming in grain operations has lacked continuity. This path that we have laid out will help those that are willing to show the initiative to earn formal credentials.”

The credentials program, developed over the past two years by K-State faculty and GEAPS member-volunteers, builds on an existing distance-education curriculum offered by the two partners. The first credential is in grain-operations management. To earn it, participants must complete a structured series of six GEAPS/K-State distance-education courses. Those completing the Grain-Operations Management Credential will then have the opportunity to earn subsequent credentials in specialty areas such as grain-quality management, grain-handling equipment management and grain-operations safety — also available through the distance-education curriculum.

“This credentialing program provides opportunity for professional growth but requires commitment and effort,” said Dirk Maier, department head of K-State’s Department of Grain Science and Industry. “It will make them more effective and efficient at their jobs, and provide them with a well-earned sense of achievement. Advancing lifelong learning and professionalism are our main goals.”

The K-State/GEAPS curriculum currently consists of 14 distance-education courses, but that number is expected to increase by 10 or more over the next four years.

Students who have already completed one or more of the six required courses automatically receive credit toward the Grain Operations Management Credential.

For more details about program requirements, go to http://www.geaps.com.

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