GEAPS Introduces Package Price for Online Credential Program

April 7, 2020

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GEAPS Introduces Package Price for Online Credential Program

The Grain Elevator and Processing Society (GEAPS) and Kansas State University (K-State) announced a new bundled price on their joint credential program this week. Anyone who purchases five of the six courses required for the Credential in Grain Operations Management receives the final course for free. Courses are a part of the GEAPS/K-State Distance Education Program. 

With the bundle pricing, credentials cost $3,500 for GEAPS members and $4,525 for non-members. The free course is a $700 savings for GEAPS members and $965 savings for non-members.

The bundle includes an advising sessions with GEAPS staff. The half-hour meeting will plan a timeline for course completion through the end of 2021. The advising session is an opportunity to ask any questions about the program before purchasing the courses. Investing in credentials for employees is a great way to ensure standardized training for new employees, especially those with a background outside the industry.

R. Scott Brittingham, MCGOM, regional manager of Delaware grain facilities at Mountaire Farms Inc, enrolled in courses to gauge them as a training option for less-experienced employees. “Mountaire’s business model puts a high emphasis on operational excellence,” Brittingham said. “As I was researching the course offerings, my lifelong love of learning prompted me to sign up for courses to see if I could glean any information to supplement my years of experience in the grain industry.”

For more experienced employees, credentials can be a valuable engagement tool. Not only will completing courses fill in knowledge gaps, it gives your employees a series of deadlines and goals to pursue. Brock Dexter, MCGOM, Senior Safety Specialist, CHS, pursued credentials to broaden his knowledge of the industry.

“When you work in the ag industry you know how elevators operate, how legs operate, how conveyors operate in a very general capacity,” Dexter said. “These courses made you design a facility and realize how things should work in a perfect world when you get to start from scratch.”

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