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Registration Open for GEAPS/K-State Courses

January 7, 2014

The Grain Elevator and Processing Society (GEAPS) and Kansas State University are offering three courses this February for grain and processing industry professionals: GEAPS 521: Aeration System Design and Fan Operational Management; GEAPS 530: Quality Management Systems for Bulk Materials Handling Operations; GEAPS 542: Electrical Safety for Grain Facilities.

Designed for professionals working with grain quality preservation and aeration-equipment operation, GEAPS 521: Aeration System Design and Fan Operational Management provides tools for successfully maintaining grain quality during storage. By the end of the course, students will understand the overall purpose of grain aeration and aeration system components. Participants will also complete a case study on selecting and operating aeration control equipment. GEAPS 521 is one of four courses in the Specialist Credential in Grain Quality Management.

GEAPS 530: Quality Management Systems for Bulk Materials Handling Operations provides strategies for the creation, implementation, management, and evaluation of quality management systems. Upon completion, students will be able to do a basic quality analysis of their operation and identify points where physical quality or economics are impacted, and will have the skills to create their own food safety plan and develop a quality management system. It is intended for regional and location managers and supervisors, as well as executives with company-wide responsibilities. Completion of GEAPS 530 course counts towards the Credential in Grain Operations Management (CGOM).

GEAPS 542: Electrical Safety for Grain Facilities will familiarize students with electrical safety’s relationship to fire hazards and explosions in grain facilities. Other topics include safety standards for lighting, motors, and equipment, and safety in the different areas of a grain elevator. The course will provide information about performing an audit, choosing electrical contractors, understanding repairs, and how inspectors work and familiarize students with "intrinsically safe" systems. Designed for industry professionals and current students in related fields who are interested in the basics of safety in grain elevator and processing facilities, GEAPS 542 is one of the courses in the Specialist Credential in Property and Casualty Risk Management.

Courses run Feb. 10 to March 14. Registration closes Feb. 4. For more information about the courses or the GEAPS/K-State Distance Education Program, visit www.geaps.com, e-mail rose@geaps.com or chuck@geaps.com, or call 952-928-4640.

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