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FY20 In-Service Training Catalog

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In-Service Training by Competency Category 

  • Agriculture and Natural Resources

    Agriculture and Natural Resources Competency Definition –

    An employee with competencies in the Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR) Subject Matter Expertise category has knowledge and skills to be viewed as an expert in the performance of a given task or subject matter area related to ANR. As needed, the employee has the ability to identify, acquire and utilize research-based information or other experts in the development and delivery of educational programs and activities that address the needs of clientele and stakeholders.

    Agriculture and Natural resources competency areas are:

    • Agricultural Economics & Agribusiness
    • Animals & Animal Products
    • Pest Management
    • Natural Resources & Environment
    • Biological & Agricultural Engineering
    • Row Crop Plants & Plant Products
    • Forestry
    • Horticultural Plants & Plant Products
    • Plant Pathology
    man with bug net in field

    Core Entomology Year 1 

    Target: County Faculty 
    Content: This is the Year I, core curriculum on entomology that includes lessons on the most common insect orders, household pest information on cockroaches, ants, and flies, key Extension publications, and integrated pest management basics.
    Competency Category(s): 
    Subject Matter Expertise- ANR
    Format: Online
    Date(s): 
    July 1, 2019- June 30, 2020 (Enrollment closes 6/15/20)
    Location: 
    Learn.uaex.edu
    Contact(s): Dr. John Hopkins, jhopkins@uaex.edu, (501) 671- 2217; Dr. Kelly Loftin, kloftin@uaex.edu, (479) 575- 3462; Dr. Glenn Studebaker, gstudebaker@uaex.edu, (870) 526- 2199; Dr. Gus Lorenz, glorenz@uaex.edu, (501) 676-3124

    Click here to Enroll now

    picture of mosquito

    Core Entomology, Year 2

    Target: County Faculty 
    Content: This is the Year II, core curriculum on entomology. This course is designed to provide intermediate to advanced entomology training for County Extension Agents and others that require this level of knowledge to adequately address questions from Extension clientele in the areas of turf and ornamental pest management, fire ant management, insecticide classification and resistance, and alternatives to insecticides.
    Competency Category(s): 
    Subject Matter Expertise- ANR
    Format: Online
    Date(s): July 1, 2019- June 30, 2020 (Enrollment closes 6/21/20)
    Location: 
    Learn.uaex.edu
    Contact(s): Dr. John Hopkins, jhopkins@uaex.edu, (501) 671- 2217; Dr. Kelly Loftin, kloftin@uaex.edu, (479) 575- 3462; Dr. Glenn Studebaker, gstudebaker@uaex.edu, (870) 526- 2199; Dr. Gus Lorenz, glorenz@uaex.edu, (501) 676-3124

    Click here to Enroll now

    grain storage facility

    Grain Drying and Storage

    Target: County Agents, County Staff Chairs, Program Assistants, State Faculty and Supervisors
    Content: This course will provide an Introduction to Grain Drying; Fundamentals of Grain Drying: Grain Drying Options; Grain Drying, and Storage Management; and Grain Drying Strategy.
    Competency Category(s): Subject Matter Expertise- ANR
    Format: Online
    Date(s): July 1, 2019- June 30, 2020 (Enrollment closes 6/30/20)
    Location: Learn.uaex.edu
    Contact(s): Samy Sadaka, ssadaka@uaex.edu, (501) 303-0522

    Click here to Enroll now

    Farm Tool in the field

    On-Farm Energy: Conserve Energy and Save Money

    Target: County Agents, County Staff Chairs, State Faculty, Supervisors, Program Assistants
    Content: This course will provide an Introduction to Energy Conservation; Energy Conservation in Tractor Operation; Energy Conservation in Crop Production; Energy Conservation in Grain Drying; and Energy Conservation in Poultry Houses.
    Competency Category(s): Subject Matter Expertise- ANR
    Format: Online
    Date(s): July 1, 2019- June 30, 2020 (Enrollment closes 6/30/20)
    Location: Learn.uaex.edu
    Contact(s): Samy Sadaka, ssadaka@uaex.edu, (501) 303-0522; Thomas Costello, tac@uark.edu, (479) 575-2847

    Click here to Enroll now 

    smoke rising into the air

    Understanding Weather Essentials for Smoke Management

    Target: County Agents, State Faculty
    Content: This course will introduce basic meteorological knowledge such as the driver of atmospheric air movement, temperature inversion due to certain characteristics of vertical temperature profiles, so that participants gain a better understanding of what to look for from a fire weather forecasting before implementing a prescribed biomass burning. 
    Competency Category(s): 
    Subject Matter Expertise- ANR
    Format: Online
    Date(s): July 1, 2019-June 30, 2020 (Enrollment closes 6/25/20)
    Location: Learn/Online
    Contact(s): Yi Liang, yliang@uaex.edu, (479) 575-4862

    Click here to Enroll now

    drone over a crop field

    What's the Buzz about Drones in Agriculture

    Target: County Agents, County Staff Chairs
    Content: This in-service will provide a broad overview of the most common questions and topics related to the use of 'drones' in agriculture. Topics that will be covered include: 
    1) what does a UofA CES employee need to know before flying?;
    2) who needs a license and what is involved; 
    3) how will drones be used in agriculture; 
    4) what types of aircraft and sensors are being used; 
    5) how do I collect imagery and what is the workflow like including a hands-on software demonstration; 
    6) and airspace issues. 
    Competency Category(s): Subject Matter Expertise- ANR
    Format: Classroom
    Date(s): July 2, 2019 (Enrollment closes 6/21/19)
    Time: 9:00am - 3:00pm
    Location:
     Little Rock State Office
    Capacity: 25
    Contact(s): 
    James Robbins, jrobbins@uaex.edu, (501) 671-2307; Jason Davis, jdavis@uaex.edu, (870) 793-7432

    Click here to Enroll now 

    hands holding soil

    Soils In-Service Training

    Target: County Agents, County Staff Chairs, Program Associates/Technicians
    Content: This In-Service Training will cover soil fertility basics, cover crops, and other aspects of soil fertility in regards to row crops and forage systems. 
    Competency Category(s): Subject Matter Expertise- ANR
    Format: Blended (Classroom/Field)
    Date(s): July 9, 2019 (Enrollment closes 7/8/19)
    Time: 9:00am- 4:00pm
    Location: 
    Lonoke Agriculture Center - Lonoke, AR
    Contacts: Matt Fryer, mfryer@uaex.edu, (870) 318-6919

    Click here to Enroll now 

    picture of a cotton row crop field

    Crops Verification In-Service Training

    Target: County Agents, State Faculty, Supervisors
    Content: Training will involve classroom training and round-table discussions with crop specialists and county agents about current row crop recommendations.  Discussions will focus on new technology/production methods.  In-depth discussion of current problems/issues that county agents are facing within each crop will occur.  In addition to crop discussion, sessions on how to be a successful agent are planned. This in-service is very field-oriented and weather dependent.
    Competency Category(s): 
    Subject Matter Expertise- ANR
    Format: Classroom
    Date(s): July 11, 2019 (Enrollment closes 7/2/19)
    Time: 8:00am - 2:00pm
    Location:
     Clay County - Piggott
    Capacity: 30
    Contact(s): 
    Chad Norton, cnorton@uaex.edu, (870) 460-1091

    Click here to Enroll now 

    artificial insemination of a cow on an illustration

    Beef Cattle Artificial Insemination Training Course

    Target: All Employees
    Content: This is a two day course in Artificial Insemination in cattle. Complete hands on full service training in live cows along with lecture of Anatomy and Physiology of male and female reproductive systems. Also, in-depth training of semen handling, proper liquid nitrogen storage tank maintenance, thawing and loading semen straws into insemination guns. The training program will include detection of estrus (heat) of females with estrus detection aids. Estrous synchronization protocols will be discussed in detail and breeding supplies will be available for purchase through our partner Select Sires
    Competency Category(s): 
    Subject Matter Expertise- ANR
    Format: Classroom
    Date(s): July 18-19, 2019 (Enrollment closes 7/14/19)
    Time: July 18 - 8:00am - 7:00pm, July 19 - 8:00am-4:00pm
    Location:
     Southwest Research and Extension Center - Hope
    Capacity: 20
    Contact(s): 
    Charles Looney, crlooney@uaex.edu, (870) 777-9702; Whitney Rook, wrook@uaex.edu, (870) 397-4012; Darren Neal, ddneal@uaex.edu, (870) 703-5817

    Click here to Enroll now

    rice as a row crop in field

    2019 Rice College

    Target: County Agents, Program Associates/Techs
    Content: This training will provide field-based training in rice production and pest management. New county agriculture agents (CEAs) and experienced CEAs should benefit from both fundamental training and results of new research.
    Competent Categories: Subject Matter Expertise-ANR
    Format: Field
    Date: July 31, 2019 (Enrollment closes 7/29/19)
    Time: 12:00pm -5:00pm
    Location: Rice Research and Extension Center, Almyra, AR
    Capacity: 40
    Contact: Jarrod Hardke, jhardke@uaex.edu, (501) 772-1714


    Click here to Enroll now

    crops in growing boxes

    Good Agricultural Practices and Food Safety Demonstrations for Produce Farms

    Target: County Agents, County Staff Chairs, Program Assistants, Program Associates/Techs, State Faculty 
    Content: County agents, associates or specialists interested in increasing their understanding about good agricultural practices including water testing, wildlife management, post-harvest activities, cleaning and sanitizing, and worker training for produce farms should attend this half-day workshop. Regulatory requirements and best practices will be reviewed with a series of presentations and participants will have an opportunity to observe on-farm practices. This material will include powerpoints, videos and fact sheets, and some items for use during demonstrations. 
    Competency Category(s): Subject Matter Expertise- ANR
    Format: Blended (Classroom/Field)
    Date(s): October 2, 2019 (Enrollment closes 9/25/19)
    Time: 9:00am - 3:30pm
    Location: Pulaski County Farm - Little Rock, AR
    Capacity: 30
    Contact(s): Amanda Perez, aperez@uaex.edu, (501) 671-2228; Clyde Fenton, cfenton@uaex.edu, (501) 671-2388; Julia Fryer, jfryer@uaex.edu, (501) 671-2181; Angela Gardner, agardner@uaex.edu, (501) 671-2180; Erin Scott, erins@uark.edu, (479) 575-2840

    Click here to Enroll now

    picture of tomatoes on the vine

    Horticulture Mythbusters

    Target: County Agents
    Content: This workshop is in response to a survey conducted with county agriculture agents' requests for information on fruits, vegetables, ornamentals and home gardens. This workshop will cover common misconceptions and basic issues of problem identification for horticultural systems across arkansas. This will include basic identification of problems, insects and common misconceptions. We will also briefly cover the requirements of organic agriculture to help agents answer questions. We will wrap up by walking around the state office to observe plants, pruning and common weeds. 
    Competency Category(s): 
    Subject Matter Expertise- ANR
    Format: Blended (Classroom/Field)
    Date(s): October 29, 2019 (Enrollment closes 10/22/19)
    Time: 9:00am - 2:00pm
    Location:
     Little Rock State Office
    Capacity: 50
    Contact(s): 
    Berni Kurz, bkurz@uaex.edu, (501) 671-2229; Jim Robbins, jrobbins@uaex.edu, (501) 671-2237; Amanda McWhirt, amcwhirt@uaex.edu, (501) 671-2229; Jackie Lee, jalee@uaex.edu, (501) 671-2191

    Click here to Enroll now

    Row Crops with cotton

    2020 Row Crop In-Service Training

    Target:County Agents, County Staff Chairs
    Content: Training will involve classroom training and round-table discussions with crop specialists and county agents about current row crop recommendations.  Discussions will focus on new technology/production methods.  In-depth discussion of current problems/issues that county agents are facing within each crop will occur.  In addition to crop discussion, sessions on how to be a successful agent are planned.
    Competent Categories: Subject Matter Expertise-ANR
    Format: Classroom
    Date: January 21-23, 2020 (Enrollment closes 1/15/20)
    Time: January 21 - 8:00am -5:30pm, January 22 - 8:00am -5:00pm, January 23 - 8:00am -12:00pm
    Location: Riverfront Wyndham Hotel, North Little Rock, AR 
    Capacity: 60
    Contact: Chad Norton, cnorton@uaex.edu, (870) 460-1091; Hank Chaney, hchaney@uaex.edu, (501) 508-9366

    Click here to Enroll now 

    cattle grazing in field

    Forage In-Service Training

    Target: County Agents
    Content: Participants will be updated on summer annual forage management and use in livestock systems. Other current forage research will be presented.
    Competency Category(s): Subject Matter Expertise- ANR
    Format: Blended (Classroom/Field)
    Date(s): March 4, 2020 (Enrollment closes 3/1/20)
    Time: 9:00am- 3:30pm
    Location: 
    Faulkner County, Conway, AR
    Capacity: 25
    Contact(s): John Jennings, jjennings@uaex.edu, (501) 730-0034

    Click here to Enroll now 

    small ruminants guide on a goat

    Getting to Know Small Ruminants

    Target: County Agents, County Staff Chairs
    Content: This In-Service will provide agents with a better understanding of Small Ruminants. There will be hands-on demonstrations and best management practices discussed to be able to pass along to producers. 
    Competency Category(s): 
    Subject Matter Expertise- ANR

    Format: Blended (Classroom/Field)
    Date(s): March 10-11, 2020
    Time: March 10 - 10:00am - 5:00pm; March 11 - 8:00am - 4:00pm
    Location: 
    Pauline Whitaker Animal Science Arena, Fayetteville, AR
    Capacity: 25
    Contact(s); Chelsey Kimbrough, ckimbrough@uaex.edu, (501) 503-6592

    Click here to Enroll now

    irrigation water spraying out onto crops

    Irrigation Scheduling and Efficiency

    Target: County Agents, Program Associates/Techs 
    Content: The course will give a detailed description on how to schedule irrigations using soil moisture sensors and give an update on PipePlanner software for improved irrigation efficiency in furrow irrigated fields. The use of cover crops and an update about the Soil Health Grant. 
    Competency Category(s): 
    Subject Matter Expertise- ANR
    Format: Field
    Date(s): April 28, 2020 (Enrollment closes 4/24/20)
    Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm
    Location:
     Judd Hill Plantation, Trumann, AR
    Capacity: 50
    Contact(s): 
    Michael Hamilton, mkhamilton@uaex.edu, (870) 919-5061, Mike Daniels, mdaniels@uaex.edu, (501) 671-2281

    Click here to Enroll now 

    winter forage

    Animal Science Research Update

    Target: County Agents
    Content: Animal Science Research Update is an opportunity for agents to tour UA campus research facilities and interact with research faculty. The aim of the training is to acquaint agents with research faculty and with current research being conducted in areas of production, physiology, and meat science. 
    Competency Category(s): 
    Subject Matter Expertise- ANR
    Format: Blended (Classroom/Field)
    Date(s): May 14, 2020 (Enrollment closes 5/7/20)
    Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm
    Location:
     University of Arkansas - Fayetteville, AR
    Capacity: 25
    Contact(s): 
    Shane Gadberry, sgadberry@uaex.edu, (501) 671-2169, Mike Looper, looper@uark.edu, (479) 575-3745

    Click here to Enroll now

  • Community and Economic Development

    Community and Economic Development Competency Definition-

    An employee with competencies in the Community and Economic Development (CED) Subject Matter Expertise category has knowledge and skills to be viewed as an expert in the performance of a given task or subject matter area related to CED. As needed, the employee has the ability to identify, acquire and utilize research-based information or other experts in the development and delivery of educational programs and activities that address the needs of clientele and stakeholders.
    Community and Economic Development competency areas are:

    • Business
    • Leadership
    • Communities
    • Public Policy
    Dallas County Courthouse

    Introduction to County Government Part I

    Target: County Agents 
    Content: The purpose of this course is to create a working knowledge of the role and responsibilities of Arkansas county governments, county officials and the Quorum Court. The course will also provide ways to effectively engage in the county budgeting process and enable participants to become proficient in accessing and interpreting local government resources available from the Community & Economic Development unit of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. This course is composed of three modules; 
    1) Introduction to County Government 
    2) The County Budgeting Process
    3) County Government Resources
    Competency Category(s): Community and Economic Development
    Format: Online
    Date(s): July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2020
    Location: Learn
    Contact(s): Wayne Miller, wmiller@uaex.edu, (501) 671-2085, Tyler Knapp, tknapp@uaex.edu, (501) 671-2241

    Click here to Enroll now

    Dallas County Courthouse

    Introduction to County Government Part II

    Target: County Agents 
    Content: The purpose of this course is to create a working knowledge of the role and responsibilities of Arkansas county governments, county officials and the Quorum Court. The course will also provide ways to effectively engage in the county budgeting process and enable participants to become proficient in accessing and interpreting local government resources available from the Community & Economic Development unit of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. This course is composed of three modules; 
    1) Introduction to County Government 
    2) The County Budgeting Process
    3) County Government Resources
    Competency Category(s): Community and Economic Development
    Format: Online
    Date(s): July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2020
    Location: Learn
    Contact: Wayne Miller, wmiller@uaex.edu, (501) 671-2085

    Click here to Enroll now 

    logo for CED Strengthening Communities

    Overview of Community & Economic Development (CED) Programs and Resources

    Target: County Agents, State Faculty, Supervisors
    Content: This course will introduce Cooperative Extension Service personnel to programs and resources available through the Community & Economic Development unit. 
    Competency Category(s): 
    Subject Matter Expertise- CED
    Format: Classroom
    Date(s): July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2020 (Enrollment closes 6/29/20)
    Location: Learn
    Contact(s): Stacey McCullough, smccullough@uaex.edu, (501) 671-2078; Wayne Miller, wmiller@uaex.edu, (501) 671-2085, Mark Peterson, mpeterson@uaex.edu, (501) 671-2253; Melanie Berman, msberman@uaex.edu, (501) 671-2361; Julianne Dunn, jbdunn@uaex.edu, (501) 671-2158

    Click here to Enroll now 

    Coming Together for Racial Understanding education logo

    Coming Together for Racial Understanding

    Target: County Agents, County Staff Chairs, Program Associates/Techs, State Faculty, Supervisors, State Support Services Staff 
    Content: This train-the-trainer program will build capacity within Extension to help communities engage in civil dialogues around racial issues. Participants should be interested and ready to participate in dialogue on race. Participants will be invited to become part of the team that will implement the dialogue process in communities. 
    Competency Category(s): Subject Matter Expertise- CED, Professionalism, Program Development
    Format: Classroom
    Date(s): August 5 - 7, 2019 (Enrollment closes 8/1/19)
    Time: August 5 - 2:00pm - 7:00pm, August 6 - 8:00am - 4:30pm, August 7 - 8:00am - 4:30pm
    Location:
     C.A. Vines 4-H Center, Ferndale, AR
    Capacity: 25
    Contact(s): 
    Laura Hendrix, lhendrix@uaex.edu, (501) 671-2170; Teki Hunt Winston, huntjimenezt@uapb.edu, (870) 575-8538; Dionardo Pizana, pizanad@msu.edu, (517) 432-2666; Blanca Hernandez, bhernandez@uaex.edu, (501) 340-6650

    Click here to Enroll now 

    Dallas County Courthouse

    Working with County Governments on Public Finance and Local Ballot Initiatives

    Target: County Agents, County Staff Chairs, Program Assistants, Program Associates/Techs, State Faculty, Supervisors
    Content: This workshop will provide participants with information and tools to enhance their work with county officials, community leaders and citizens on public finance and public policy issues. Considerable time will be spent discussing best practices for obtaining funding for CES programs. One-half day will be spent discussing how the Public Policy Center can help agents create local ballot issue programs to raise the awareness and understanding about a local issue. The class will respond to scenarios, discuss issues from different perspectives and hear from county agents and local officials related to critical issues facing county governments, the budgeting process and local ballot initiatives.
    Competency Category(s): Subject Matter Expertise- CED
    Format: Classroom
    Date(s): November 5-6, 2019 (Enrollment closes 10/28/19)
    Time: November 5 - 9:30am - 4:30pm, November 6 - 9:00am - 1:30pm
    Location: Farm Credit MidSouth - Jonesboro, AR
    Capacity: 25
    Contact(s): Wayne Miller, wmiller@uaex.edu, (501) 671-2085; Stacey McCullough, smccullough@uaex.edu, (501) 671-2078; Kristin Higgins, khiggins@uaex.edu, (501) 671-2160; Tyler Knapp, tknapp@uaex.edu, (501) 671-2241

    Click here to Enroll now 

    Dallas County Courthouse

    Working with County Governments on Public Finance and Local Ballot Initiatives

    Target: County Agents, County Staff Chairs, Program Assistants, Program Associates/Techs, State Faculty, Supervisors
    Content: This workshop will provide participants with information and tools to enhance their work with county officials, community leaders and citizens on public finance and public policy issues. Considerable time will be spent discussing best practices for obtaining funding for CES programs. One-half day will be spent discussing how the Public Policy Center can help agents create local ballot issue programs to raise the awareness and understanding about a local issue. The class will respond to scenarios, discuss issues from different perspectives and hear from county agents and local officials related to critical issues facing county governments, the budgeting process and local ballot initiatives.
    Competency Category(s): Subject Matter Expertise- CED
    Format: Classroom
    Date(s): November 14-15, 2019 (Enrollment closes 11/7/19)
    Time: November 14 - 9:30am - 4:30pm, November 15 - 9:00am - 1:30pm
    Location: UA Southwest Research & Extension Center - Hope, AR
    Capacity: 25
    Contact(s): Wayne Miller, wmiller@uaex.edu, (501) 671-2085; Stacey McCullough, smccullough@uaex.edu, (501) 671-2078; Kristin Higgins, khiggins@uaex.edu, (501) 671-2160; Tyler Knapp, tknapp@uaex.edu, (501) 671-2241

    Click here to Enroll now 

    Dallas County Courthouse

    Working with County Governments on Public Finance and Local Ballot Initiatives

    Target: County Agents, County Staff Chairs, Program Assistants, Program Associates/Techs, State Faculty, Supervisors
    Content: This workshop will provide participants with information and tools to enhance their work with county officials, community leaders and citizens on public finance and public policy issues. Considerable time will be spent discussing best practices for obtaining funding for CES programs. One-half day will be spent discussing how the Public Policy Center can help agents create local ballot issue programs to raise the awareness and understanding about a local issue. The class will respond to scenarios, discuss issues from different perspectives and hear from county agents and local officials related to critical issues facing county governments, the budgeting process and local ballot initiatives.
    Competency Category(s): Subject Matter Expertise- CED
    Format: Classroom
    Date(s): November 19-20, 2019 (Enrollment closes 11/12/19)
    Time: November 19 - 9:30am - 4:30pm, November 20 - 9:00am - 1:30pm
    Location: Pope County Cooperative Extension Office - Russellville, AR
    Capacity: 25
    Contact(s): Wayne Miller, wmiller@uaex.edu, (501) 671-2085; Stacey McCullough, smccullough@uaex.edu, (501) 671-2078; Kristin Higgins, khiggins@uaex.edu, (501) 671-2160; Tyler Knapp, tknapp@uaex.edu, (501) 671-2241

    Click here to Enroll now 

    USAspending.gov logo

    Using USAspending.gov to Educate Arkansas Businesses

    Target: County Agents, County Staff Chairs, Program Assistants, Program Associates/Techs, State Faculty, Supervisors
    Content: APAC Program Manager will teach County Agents how to use USAspending.gov as a tool to see government contracts awarded to businesses in the state of Arkansas. We will break this down on a city/county level based on those participants registered for the class
    Competency Category(s): 
    Community and Economic Development 
    Format: Webinar/Zoom

    Date(s): November 20, 2019
    Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm
    Location: 
    Zoom

    Capacity: 25
    Contact(s): 
    Melanie Berman, msberman@uaex.edu, (501) 671-2361


    Click here to Enroll now  

    match lighting a flame

    Lighting the Fires of Revitalization in Your Community and County

    Target: County Agents, County Staff Chairs, State Faculty
    Content: 
    Two thirds of Arkansas counties lost population in the last census estimate, and 89% did not keep up with the national rate of growth. This means that most of Arkansas is losing ground, with destructive impacts. 
    This in-service will provide valuable insights, tools, and a development process that will equip county Extension faculty to assist community leaders address their most pressing challenges and greatest opportunities. It will include several economic development strategies and draw on Arkansas success stories, plus the experience of Community and Economic Development faculty. You won’t want to miss learning about these powerful stories and strategies of community revitalization. 
    Competency Category(s): Subject Matter Expertise- CED
    Format: Classroom
    Date(s): February 12, 2020 (Enrollment closes 2/7/20)
    Time: 9:30am - 4:00pm
    Location: Little Rock State Office
    Capacity: 25
    Contact(s): Mark Peterson, mpeterson@uaex.edu, (501) 671-2253; Wayne Miller, wmiller@uaex.edu, (501) 671-2085; Stacey McCullough, smccullough@uaex.edu, (501) 671-2078; Emily Smith, elsmith@uaex.edu, (501) 671-2038

    Click here to Enroll now  

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    Keeping Arkansas Dollars at Home

    Target: County Agents, County Staff Chairs
    Content: 
    "Keeping Arkansas Dollars at Home" will educate County Agents on how to engage local businesses in the area to bid on federal, state and local government contracts. Topics to include - APAC overview, Challenges and Opportunities facing business in the state of Arkansas, examples of funding opportunities and available resources for county agents to engage businesses in the area. 
    Competency Category(s): Subject Matter Expertise: CED
     
    Format: Classroom
    Date(s): April 2, 2020 (Enrollment closes 3/18/20)
    Time: 9:00am - 3:30pm
    Location: 
    Little Rock State Office
    Capacity: 15
    Contact(s): 
    Melanie Berman, msberman@uaex.edu, (501) 671-2361Max Franks, mfranks@uaex.edu, (501) 650-6180;  Debra Garcia, dgarcia@uaex.edu, (501) 671-2080, Kim Magee, kmagee@uaex.edu, (501) 671-2081; Stacey McCullough, smccullough@uaex.edu, (501) 671-2078

    Click here to Enroll now 

  • Family and Consumer Sciences

    Family and Consumer Sciences Competency Definition-

    An employee with competencies in the Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) Subject Matter Expertise category has knowledge and skills to be viewed as an expert in the performance of a given task or subject matter area related to FCS. As needed, the employee has the ability to identify, acquire and utilize research-based information or other experts in the development and delivery of educational programs and activities that address the needs of clientele and stakeholders.

    Family and Consumer Sciences competency areas are: 

    • Health and Aging
    • Marriage, Parenting, and Family Life
    • Nutrition and Food Safety
    • Family and Consumer Economics
    • Leadership 
    Building Financial Stability with coins

    Building Financial Stability

    Target: Extension Employees
    Content: 
    Basic financial management skills are critical for both business and personal success. Learn ways to improve financial management. Money management tips can help families increase financial stability and create a more stable home life. Topics covered include: Spending Plan Success, Curb the Urge to Splurge; Increase Credit Scores; Manage Debt Wisely.
    Competency Category(s): 
    Family and Consumer Sciences
    Format: 
    Online
    Location: 
    Learn
    Date(s): 
    July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2020
    Contact(s): Laura Hendrix, (501) 671-2170, lhendrix@uaex.edu

    Click here to Enroll now

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    EFNEP Educator Training

    Target:  EFNEP Educators
    Content: This training will provide the information and tools necessary to build the knowledge, skills, and abilities in becoming a successful EFNEP Educator.
    Format: Online
    Location: Learn
    Date(s): July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2020
    Capacity: 150
    Contact(s): Emily Hays, ehays@uaex.edu, (501) 671-2043; Keith Cleek, kcleek@uaex.edu, (870) 338-8027 

    Click here to Enroll now 

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    ServSafe Instructor Certification Training - Fall 2019

    Target: County Agents
    Content: The ServSafe Instructor training will provide FCS Agents with training food safety, including safe food handling, foodborne illness prevention, contamination prevention, food allergens, purchasing, receiving, and storing foods safely, reporting health issues, facility and pest management in food establishments, and cleaning and sanitizing. This train-the-trainer course will provide the opportunity for FCS agents to obtain the following certifications: ServSafe Food Protection Manager and ServSafe Instructor & Registered ServSafe Examination Proctor
    Competency Category(s): 
    Subject Matter Expertise- FCS
    Format: Classroom
    Date(s): August 6-7, 2019 (Enrollment closes 8/1/19)
    Time: August 6 - 8:30am - 4:30pm; August 7 - 8:30am - 3:00pm
    Capacity: 25
    Location:
     Little Rock State Office

    Contact(s): Katy Campbell, lkcampbell@uaex.edu, (501) 671-2022; Debra Head, dhead@uaex.edu, (501) 671-5807

    Click here to Enroll now 

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    CANCELLED - SNAP-Ed Cook Smart, Eat Smart

    Target: County Agents
    Content:The Cook Smart, Eat Smart cooking school curriculum will be covered in a one-day training for FCS Agents conducting SNAP-Ed.
    Competency Category(s): 
    Subject Matter Expertise-FCS
    Format: Classroom
    Date(s): 
    August 8, 2019 (Enrollment closes 8/1/19)
    Time: 10:00am- 4:00pm
    Location: 
    Little Rock State Office, rooms 1 & 2
    Capacity: 20
    Contact(s): Amy McClelland, amcclelland@uaex.edu, (501)671-2333; Katie Holland, kholland@uaex.edu, (501) 671-2098, Bryan Mader, bmader@uaex.edu, (501) 671-2104; Sarah David, sdavid@uaex.edu, (501) 671-2070

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    SNAP-Ed FY19 Impact Reports

    Target: County Agents 
    Content: Participants will learn how to write effective Impact Reports for the FY19 SNAP-Ed program year.
    Competency Category(s): 
    Subject Matter Expertise- FCS
    Format: Webinar
    Date(s): August 29, 2019 (Enrollment closes 8/28/19)
    Time: 10:30am- 11:30am
    Location: 
    Zoom
    Contact(s): Amy McClelland, amcclelland@uaex.edu, (501) 671- 2333; Katie Holland, kholland@uaex.edu, (501) 671-2098

    Click here to Enroll now 

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    EFNEP Statewide Meeting

    Target: County Agents, Program Assistants 
    Content: The statewide meeting will provide EFNEP Program Assistants and FCS Agents with content area education focusing on nutrition education, food resource management, food safety, and physical activity. Information regarding teaching approaches and recruiting techniques for low-resource audiences will be addressed, along with EFNEP federal policy and procedures. 
    Competency Category(s): Subject Matter Expertise- FCS
    Format: Classroom
    Date(s): September 5, 2019 (Enrollment closes 8/31/19)
    Time: 8:30am- 4:30pm
    Location: Little Rock State Office
    Capacity: 55
    Contact(s): Debra Head, dhead@uaex.edu, (501) 671-5807; Keith Cleek, kcleek@uaex.edu, (870) 338- 8027;  Emily Hays, ehays@uaex.edu, (501) 671-2043; Katy Campbell, lkcampbell@uaex.edu, (501) 671-2022; Cynthia Martin, cmartin@uaex.edu, (501) 671-2007; BeVerly Sims, bsims@uaex.edu, (501) 671-2263
     
    Click here to Enroll now

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    Best Care In-Service

    Target: County Agents, Program Associates/Techs, State Faculty
    Content: Best Care in-service provides 10 hours of face-to-face training necessary for county agents in order to maintain specialized trainer status with the Arkansas Professional Development Registry (ARPDR). As a specialized trainer, agents are able to provide professional development training to early childhood professionals in their county or multi-county cluster setting. 
    Competency Category(s): Subject Matter Expertise- FCS
    Format: Classroom
    Date(s): November 12, 2019 (enrollment closes 11/8/19)
    Time: 8:30am - 4:30pm
    Location: Arkansas 4-H Center, Ferndale, AR
    Capacity: 75
    Contact(s): Rebecca Simon, rsimon@uaex.edu, (501) 671- 2364; Brittney Schrick; bschrick@uaex.edu, (501) 671-2202

    Click here to Enroll now

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    SNAP-Ed In-Service

    Target: FCS Agents
    Content: FCS Agents will learn how to plan and conduct successful FY20 SNAP-Ed Programs.
    Competency Category(s): 
    Subject Matter Expertise-FCS-SNAP-ED
    Format: Classroom
    Date(s): 
    November 13, 2019 (Enrollment closes 11/8/19)
    Time: 10:00am- 4:00pm
    Location: 
    Little Rock State Office
    Capacity: 85
    Contact(s): Amy McClelland, amcclelland@uaex.edu, (501)671-2333

    Click here to Enroll now

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    ServSafe Instructor Certification Training - Spring 2020

    Target: County Agents
    Content: The ServSafe Instructor training will provide FCS Agents with training food safety, including safe food handling, foodborne illness prevention, contamination prevention, food allergens, purchasing, receiving, and storing foods safely, reporting health issues, facility and pest management in food establishments, and cleaning and sanitizing. This train-the-trainer course will provide the opportunity for FCS agents to obtain the following certifications: ServSafe Food Protection Manager and ServSafe Instructor & Registered ServSafe Examination Proctor
    Competency Category(s): 
    Subject Matter Expertise- FCS
    Format: Classroom
    Date(s): February 19-20, 2020 (Enrollment closes 1/19/20)
    Time: February 19 - 8:30am - 4:30pm; February 20 - 8:30am - 3:00pm
    Capacity: 25
    Location:
     Little Rock State Office
    Contact(s): Katy Campbell, lkcampbell@uaex.edu, (501) 671-2022; Debra Head, dhead@uaex.edu, (501) 671-5807

    Click here to Enroll now

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    SNAP-Ed FY21 County Plans

    Target: County Agents
    Content: County FCS Agents will learn how to develop FY20 SNAP-Ed plans.  
    Competency Category(s): 
    Subject Matter Expertise- FCS
    Format: Webinar
    Date(s): February 27, 2020 (Enrollment closes 2/26/20)
    Time: 10am- 11:30am
    Location:
     Zoom
    Capacity: 80
    Contact(s): Amy McClelland, amcclelland@uaex.edu, (501) 671-2333

    Click here to Enroll now

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    Food Preservation Agent Training

    Target: County Agents
    Content: Home food preservation is an important activity for many Arkansan families.  It is important for the health and safety of individuals consuming home processed foods that those practicing food preservation have access to current training and knowledge on the best food safety practices. The course will give county-based agents  program assistants, and others the necessary research based information to teach and educate individuals on current recommendations for safe food preservation practices.
    Competency Category(s): 
    Subject Matter Expertise- FCS
    Format: Classroom
    Date(s): March 25-26, 2020 (Enrollment closes 3/1/20)
    Time: March 25 - 9:30am- 4:30pm, March 26 - 8:30am - 4:30pm
    Location: 
    University of Central Arkansas Food Lab - McAllister Hall - Conway, AR 
    Capacity: 15
    Contact(s): 
    Katy Campbelllkcampbell@uaex.edu, (501) 671-2022; Debbie Baker, djbaker@uaex.edu, (870) 598-2246; Michelle Carter, mcarter@uaex.edu, (870) 226-8410; Karla Dement, kdement@uaex.edu, (870) 368-4323; Terrie James, tjames@uaex.edu, (870) 777-5771; Jane Newton, jnewton@uaex.edu, (870) 628-4247; Shannon Autrey, sautrey@uaex.edu, (501) 977-2146 


    Click here to Enroll now

  • 4-H Youth Development

    4-H Youth Development Competency Definition-

    An employee with competencies in the Subject Matter Expertise – 4-H Youth Development category has knowledge and skills to be viewed as an expert in the performance of a given task or subject matter area related to 4-H Youth Development. As needed, the employee has the ability to identify, acquire and utilize research-based information or other experts in the development and delivery of educational programs and activities that address the needs of clientele and stakeholders.

    4-H Youth Development competency areas are:

    • How Youth Develop and Learn
    • Engaging 4-H Volunteers
    • Planning and Delivering Effective 4-H Program
    • Building an Effective 4-H Organization
    • 4-H Program Partners and Collaborations
    • Building a Diverse and Inclusive 4-H Program
    SeaPerch

    Bringing 4-H into SeaPerch

    Target: County Faculty & Program Assistants
    Content: Have a team interested in SeaPerch but would like some more hands-on experience for the program? In this training, participants will be constructing a SeaPerch ROV and running through the 2019 challenge & obstacle course. This will give you experience to assist your team to building their ROV for the 2020 competition.
    Format: Classroom
    Date(s): 
    August 21-22, 2019 (Enrollment closes 7/12/19)
    Time: 8:00am- 4:30pm - both days
    Location: 
    Arkansas 4-H Center
    Capacity: 20

    Contact(s): Lori Canada, lcanada@uaex.edu, (501) 671-2064


    Click here to Enroll now 

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    The Three Rs of 4-H Volunteers: Recruiting, Retaining and Rewarding

    Target: County Agents, Program Assistants
    Content: Learn how to effectively work with new and existing 4-H volunteer leaders through new methods of recruitment. Learn ways to retain current 4-H volunteers and look to ways to reward those in 4-H that make our jobs as county agents easier. 
    Competency Category(s): 
    Subject Matter Expertise- 4-H Youth Development
    Format: Blended (Online/Classroom)
    Date(s): September 17-18, 2019 (Enrollment closes 9/1/19)
    Time: September 17- 9:00am -4:30pm, September 18 - 8:00am - 3:00pm
    Location: 
    C.A. Vines 4-H Center, Ferndale, AR 
    Capacity: 30
    Contact(s): 
    Hope Bragg, hbragg@uaex.edu, (870) 222-3972

    Click here to Enroll now 

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    4-H Forestry and Wildlife Programs 

    Target: County Agents, Program Assistants
    Content: Many 4-H forestry and wildlife programs are available to youth and adult leaders. County agents will be actively engaged in learning through hands-on activities about tree identification, basic forest measurements, wildlife identification, habitat evaluation, and wildlife plan writing. These skills apply to state and national forestry contests, state and national Wildlife Habitat Education Program (WHEP), forestry and wildlife O-Rama's, food plot project, Envirothon, and others. These forestry and wildlife programs will be discussed in more or less detail depending on participant interests. Career opportunities for guiding youth in these fields will be discussed. 
    Competency Category(s): 
    Subject Matter Expertise- ANR
    Format: Blended (Classroom/Field)
    Date(s): October 3, 2019 (Enrollment closes 9/1/19)
    Time: 9:00am - 4:30pm
    Location:
     Arkansas 4-H Center, Ferndale, AR
    Capacity: 20
    Contact(s): 
    Becky McPeake, rmcpeake@uaex.edu, (501) 671-2145; Kyle Cunningham, kcunningham@uaex.edu, (501) 671-2145

    Click here to Enroll now

    4-H Clover

    New 4-H Educator - 4-H 101 Training

    Target: County Agents, Program Assistants
    Content: Participants will receive timely research-based information on properly building and coordinating local 4-H programs. Subject matter will include 4-H history, club management, promoting programs, recruitment, and volunteer leader management.
    Competency Category(s): 
    Subject Matter Expertise- 4-H Youth Development
    Format: Blended (Classroom/Field)
    Date(s): October 8-9, 2019 (Enrollment closes 9/26/19)
    Time: October 8 - 9:00am -4:30pm, October 9 - 8:00am - 4:30pm
    Location: 
    C.A. Vines 4-H Center, Ferndale, AR 

    Capacity: 25
    Contact(s): 
    Angie Freel, afreel@uaex.edu, (501) 671- 2096

    Click here to Enroll now

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    Arkansas 4-H Outdoor Skills

    Target: County Agents, County Staff Chairs, Program Assistants, Program Associates/Techs
    Content: This course will cover multiple 4-H Outdoor programs including the new County Orama Archery course, UTV & ATV safety, 4-H Dutch Oven Cooking Contest, Grab and Go outdoor skills lessons, Survival Skills, and other 4-H Outdoor Adventures.  
    Competency Category(s): Subject Matter Expertise- 4HYD
    Format: Blended (Classroom/Field)
    Date(s): 
    October 24-25, 2019 (Enrollment closes 10/15/19)
    Time: October 24 -10:00am- 5:00pm; October 25 - 8:00am - 3:00pm
    Location:
     C.A. Vines Arkansas 4-H Center,  Little Rock, AR
    Capacity: 40
    Contact(s): Jesse Bocksnick, jbocksnick@uaex.edu, (501) 671-2334


    Click here to Enroll now

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    Project Learning Tree & Project WILD for 4-H Education

    Target: County Agents, County Staff Chairs, Program Assistants, Program Associates/Techs, State Faculty
    Content: Come see how Project Learning Tree & Project WILD can integrate for 4-H science lesson across ages and classes. This will be a hands-on approach to learning the curriculum to utilize for your county programs. This adaptable curriculum is will be great grab & go lessons for all ages. 

    Competency Category(s): Subject Matter Expertise- 4HYD
    Format: Classroom
    Date(s): October 29-30, 2019 (Enrollment closes 9/27/19)
    Time: 8:00am - 4:30pm - Both days
    Location:
     Arkansas 4-H Center
    Capacity: 20
    Contact(s): 
    Lori Canada, lcanada@uaex.edu, (501) 671-2064; Hope Bragg, hbragg@uaex.edu, (870) 460-1893

    Click here to Enroll now 

    4H Clover

    Opportunities in 4-H Youth Leadership

    Target: County Agents, Program Assistants
    Content: Learn about the opportunities 4-H youth have to expand their leadership experiences while in 4-H. Training on how complete and judge 4-H record books, proper congressional award applications, ambassador and teen stars will be addressed. Additionally, ways to expand service learning with 4-H and improving 4-H public speaking will all be included as part of this citizenship and leadership focused training. 
    Competency Category(s): 
    Subject Matter Expertise- 4HYD
    Format: Classroom
    Date(s): November 20-21, 2019 (Enrollment closes 11/8/19)
    Time: November 20 - 9:00am - 4:30pm, November 21 - 8:00am - 3:00pm
    Location:
     Arkansas 4-H Center
    Capacity: 25
    Contact(s): 
    Hope Bragg, hbragg@uaex.edu, (870) 460-1893; Lori Canada, lcanada@uaex.edu, (501) 671-2064; Valerie Seefeld, vseefeld@uaex.edu, (501) 671-2352

    Click here to Enroll now

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    Training Livestock Judging and Livestock Skillathon Teams

    Target: County Agents, County Staff Chairs, Program Assistants
    Content: The Training Livestock Judging and Skillathon Teams In-Service will provide County Agents with information on how the livestock judging and skillathon contests work, provide materials to help with training, and go through a practice contest.
    Competency Category(s): 
    Subject Matter Expertise - 4HYD
    Format: Blended (Classroom/Field) 
    Date(s): December 10-11, 2019
    Time: December 10 - 10:00am - 5:00pm; December 11 - 8:00am - 4:00pm
    Location: 
    Pauline Whitaker Animal Science Arena - Fayetteville 
    Capacity: 25
    Contact(s): Chelsey Kimbrough, ckimbrough@uaex.edu, (501) 671-2067

    Click here to Enroll now 

    4-H Clover

    Arkansas 4-H Educator Training

    Target: County Agents, County Staff Chairs
    Content: County agents from each county will receive 4-H updates, discover how to conduct training for people with special abilities, receive updates on curriculum and 4-H events, and be trained in programs in each of 4-H's mission mandated areas: Citizenship, Science and Healthy Living. 
    Competency Category(s): Subject Matter Expertise- 4-H Youth Development
    Format: Blended (Classroom/Field)
    Date(s): January 28-29, 2020 (Enrollment closes 1/11/20)
    Time: January 28 - 9:00am - 4:30pm; January 29 - 8:00am - 4:30pm
    Location: C. A. Vines 4-H Center, Ferndale, AR
    Capacity: 125
    Contact(s): Angie Freel, afreel@uaex.edu, (501) 671-2096

    Click here to Enroll now

    4-H Clover

    4-H Educator Training - 4-H101

    Target: County Agents, Program Assistants
    Content: Participants will receive timely research-based information on properly building and coordinating local 4-H programs. Subject matter will include 4-H history, club management, promoting programs, recruitment, and volunteer leader management.
    Competency Category(s): 
    Subject Matter Expertise- 4-H Youth Development
    Format: Classroom/Field
    Date(s): March 5-6, 2020 (Enrollment closes 2/25/19)
    Time: March 5 - 9:00am - 4:30pm, March 6 - 8:00am - 4:30pm
    Location: 
    C.A. Vines 4-H Center, Ferndale, AR 

    Capacity: 25
    Contact(s): 
    Angie Freel, afreel@uaex.edu, (501) 671- 2096

    Click here to Enroll now 

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    Digging 4-H:  Project Archaeology and 4-H Youth

    Target: County Agents, Program Assistants
    Content: Archaeology is a relatively new 4-H program that allows agents and volunteers to teach healthy living, citizenship and STEM through hands-on activities that can be conducted in the classroom or in the field. Participants in this workshop will become certified in Project Archaeology, a national program that focuses on teaching the importance of conserving cultural heritage, prehistoric and historic life ways and the importance of critical thinking when conducting science. Class will include a tour of archaeological sites in Petit Jean State Park with local archaeologists as we explore prehistoric rock-art (be prepared for a short hike).
    Competency Category(s): 
    Subject Matter Expertise- 4HYD
    Format: Classroom
    Date(s): March 17, 2020 (Enrollment closes 3/1/20)
    Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm
    Location:
     WRI Arkansas Archaeological Survey Office (Petit Jean), Morrilton, AR
    Capacity: 25
    Contact(s): 
    Hope Bragg, hbragg@uaex.edu, (870) 460-1893

    Click here to Enroll now 

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    Flying into 4-H Aviation: Using Indoor Drones

    Target: County Agents, County Staff Chairs, Program Assistants, Program Associates/Techs, State Faculty
    Content: The use of aviation is increasing in all aspects of technology, especially the use of unmanned aerial systems (more commonly called Drones). This training will take a look at the safe and proper use of drones within the curriculum. We will learn the basic rules of aviation, application for relevant uses and indoor flight time for practice. This will NOT prepare you for any certification, but to guide you in using drones in 4-H programming.
    Competency Category(s): 
    Subject Matter Expertise- 4HYD
    Format: Blended (Classroom/Field)
    Date(s): March 25-26, 2020 (Enrollment closes 2/21/20)
    Time: 8:00am - 4:30pm - Both Days
    Location:
     Arkansas 4-H Center
    Capacity: 20
    Contact(s): 
    Lori Canada, lcanada@uaex.edu, (501) 671-2064

    Click here to Enroll now  

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    Growing 4-H STEM

    Target: County Agents, County Staff Chairs, Program Assistants, Program Associates/Techs, State Faculty
    Content: Do you have problems tackling STEM ideas in your county? This training will focus on tools available to help you grow those projects with your 4-Hers. One of which we will be looking at the SeaPerch program and the information to get a team started in your area and what it takes to build a SeaPerch ROV.
    Competency Category(s): Subject Matter Expertise- 4HYD
    Format: Classroom
    Date(s): 
    April 14-15, 2020 (Enrollment closes 3/13/20)
    Time: April 14 -9:00am - 4:30pm; April 15 - 8:00am - 3:30pm
    Location:
     C.A. Vines Arkansas 4-H Center,  Little Rock, AR
    Capacity: 20
    Contact(s): Lori Canada, lcanada@uaex.edu, (501) 413-7610; Hope Bragg, hbragg@uaex.edu, (870) 460-1893

    Click here to Enroll now 

  • Communications

    Communications Competency Definition-

    The ability to communicate effectively in interpersonal and group situations, whether through written, electronic or oral means.

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    Presentation Skills for Extension Educators

    Target: State Faculty, County Faculty, Program Associates/Techs, and Program Assistants 
    Content: In this course, you'll learn the basics of developing, delivering and evaluating educational presentations that are engaging, informative, and professional. It will probably take you 1-1 1/2 hours to complete this course. 
    Competency Category(s): 
    Communications
    Format: Online
    Date(s): July 1 2019- June 30, 2020 (Enrollment closes 6/26/20)
    Location: Learn.uaex.edu
    Contact(s): Julie Robinson, jrobinson@uaex.edu, (501) 671- 2082

    Click here to Enroll now

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    How to Create Extension Fact Sheets

    Target: All Employees
    Content: Have you ever wondered how Extension fact sheets are written and published?  Or maybe you have published fact sheets in the past, but you need a refresher. This course will cover everything you ever wanted/needed to know about Extension fact sheets.
    Competency Category(s): Communications
    Format: Online Course
    Date(s): July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020
    Contact(s): Julie Robinson, jrobinson@uaex.edu, (501) 671- 2082

    Click here to Enroll now 

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    Communications College

    Target: County Agents, County Staff Chairs, Support Staff, Program Assistants, Associates/Techs, State Faculty
    Content: 
    This two-day course covers a broad spectrum of communication channels, including writing, photography, design and social media. Instructors will offer tactics to help students express themselves verbally and visually with clarity and conciseness in print and digital media. 
    Competency Category(s): 
    Communications
    Format: 
    Classroom
    Date(s): 
    May 12-13, 2020 (Enrollment closes 5/5/20)
    Time: 
    May 12 - 10am- 4:30pm, May 13 - 8:00am - 3:30pm
    Location: 
    C.A. Vines 4-H Center, Ferndale, AR 
    Capacity: 
    20
    Contact(s): 
    Mary Hightower, mhightower@uaex.edu, (501) 671- 2126; Diane Mashburn, dmashburn@uaex.edu, (501) 671-2351

    Click here to Enroll now 

  • Organizational Knowledge

    Organizational Knowledge Competency Definition-

    Accomplishes the mission of Extension through development and management of resources, providing information to stakeholders about the value of investments in Extension programs, as well as the ability to build relationships. Values diversity and an inclusive program and workplace.

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    Effort Certification at UACES

    Target: Employees funded by federal grants
    Content: Principal Investigators (PI) and employees that receive a portion of their salary paid from federal grant are required to complete this course in order to utilize the new on-line effort reporting system.  Classified & Non-classified staff will self-certify and PIs will certify on behalf of any temporary employees paid from their federal grants. Additionally, PIs will perform a Post-Review of effort reports certified by employees paid from their federal grants.
    Competency Category(s): Organizational Knowledge
    Format: Online
    Date(s): July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2020
    Contact(s): Beverly Christenberry, bchristenberry@uaex.edu, (501) 671-2089; Sandra Williams, stwilliams@uaex.edu, (501) 671-2273; Sheryl Baker, sbaker@uaex.edu, (501) 671-2196

    Click here to Enroll now

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    Extension 101

    Target: New Extension Employees 
    Content: This introductory course for new county agents provides a basic orientation to Extension technical systems, the organization culture, and communication and time management tips. The goal of the course is to assist new agents with time entry, accountability, and completion of basic onboarding steps.
    Competency Category(s): 
    Organizational Knowledge
    Format: Online
    Date(s): July 1, 2019- June 30, 2020 (Enrollment closes 6/27/20)
    Location: Learn.uaex.edu
    Contact(s): Julie Robinson, jrobinson@uaex.edu, (501) 671- 2082

    Click here to Enroll now

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    Mentables

    Target: All first year County Extension Agents 
    Content: Mentable sessions are held on the third Monday of every month at 10:30 - 11:30 A.M via Zoom video conference.  In this course you will be able to view recorded Mentables sessions and access additional resources.
    Competency Category(s): 
    Organizational Knowledge
    Format: Online
    Date(s): 
    July 1, 2019- June 30, 2020 (To enroll in this course please contact the course instructor)
    Location: Learn.uaex.edu

    Contact(s): Diane Mashburn, (501) 671-2351; dmashburn@uaex.edu

    Please contact the instructor to enroll  

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    New Agent Onboarding

    Target: Newly Hired County Agents 
    Content: The goal of the mentoring program in Extension is to provide a professional, educational, and personal support system for new county agents. This course will provide an overview of the new agent onboarding and mentoring program and will build the agent's knowledge, skills, and abilities to become an integral part of Extension. Agents completing this course will understand Extension's culture and expectations and be able to identify key resources for professional development and program support.
    Format: Online
    Date(s): July 1, 2019- June 30, 2020 (Enrollment closes 6/29/20)
    Location: Learn.uaex.edu
    Contact(s): Julie Robinson, jrobinson@uaex.edu, (501) 671-2082

    Click here to Enroll now 

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    Mentor Onboarding

    Target: Supervisors/ Mentors of newly hired County Agents 
    Content: The goal of the Onboarding and Mentoring Program in Extension is to provide a professional, educational and personal support system for new agents. This course will provide key training and resources to ensure that staff chairs and mentors understand and have support for their roles in effectively onboarding and retaining new agents. Upon completion of this training, staff chairs and mentors will have the knowledge and tools to increase the organization's probability of retaining new agents.
    Competency Category(s): Organizational Knowledge
    Format: Online
    Date(s): July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2020 (Enrollment closes 6/24/20)
    Location: Learn.uaex.edu
    Contact(s): Julie Robinson, jrobinson@uaex.edu, (501) 671-2082

    Click here to Enroll now  

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    Southern Extension History

    Target: State Faculty, County Faculty, Supervisors, Support Staff, Program Associates/Techs, Program Assistants
    Content: Learn about the history of Extension in the South. Retired professor Randol Waters of the University of Tennessee is your host. This course has five modules, each featuring a narrated video, handouts, and questions to check your knowledge. A cumulative Course Exam is also included.
    Competency Category(s): 
    Organizational Knowledge
    Format: Online
    Date(s): July 1, 2019- June 30, 2020 (Enrollment closes 6/27/20)
    Location: Learn.uaex.edu

    Contact(s): Diane Mashburn, dmashburn@uaex.edu, (501) 671-2351; Julie Robinson, jrobinson@uaex.edu, (501) 671- 2082

    Click here to Enroll now

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    Staff Chair Onboarding

    Target: Supervisors/ Mentors of newly hired County Agents 
    Content: The goal of the Onboarding Program in Extension is to provide a professional, educational and personal support system for new agents. This course will provide key training and resources to ensure that staff chairs and mentors understand and have support for their roles in effectively onboarding and retaining new agents. Upon completion of this training, staff chairs and mentors will have the knowledge and tools to increase the organization's probability of retaining new agents.
    Competency Category(s): Organizational Knowledge
    Format: Online
    Date(s): July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2020 (Enrollment closes 6/24/20)
    Location: Learn.uaex.edu
    Contact(s): Julie Robinson, jrobinson@uaex.edu, (501) 671- 2082

    Click here to Enroll now 

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    Banner Basics: Requisitions

    Target: Support Staff 
    Content: This course is designed for those employees who will be entering on-line requisitions for their office to order supplies, training materials, etc., from vendors
    Competency Category(s): 
    Technology
    Format: Online
    Date(s): July 1, 2019- June 30, 2020 (Enrollment closes 6/30/20)
    Location: Learn.uaex.edu
    Contact(s): Jo Ann Fish, jfish@uaex.edu, (501) 671- 2296; Shakarie Murphy, smurphy@uaex.edu, (501) 671-2057

    Click here to Enroll now

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    Dollars and Sense with Navigating Financial Guidelines - Fall

    Target:  All Employees
    Content: This course is designed to familiarize all employees with the operating procedures of Financial Services.  Various topics, including available funding, E-print, budgets, County Depository Accounts, travel regulations, p-cards, purchasing guidelines, approvals, and fixed assets will be explained by the managers of the Financial Services Department.
    Competency Category(s): 
    Organizational Knowledge
    Format: Classroom
    Date(s): October 24, 2019 (Enrollment closes 10/17/19)
    Time: 9:00am- 3:30pm
    Location: 
    Little Rock State Office
    Capacity: 78
    Contact(s): 
    Jessica Smith, 501-671-2045, jlsmith@uaex.edu; Shakarie Murphy, smurphy@uaex.edu, (501) 671-2057; Cindy Johnson, cjjohnson@uaex.edu, (501) 671-2011; Denise Brown, rdbrown@uaex.edu, (501) 671-2047; Sherry Sanchez, ssanchez@uaex.edu, (501) 671-2178; Liz White, ewhite@uaex.edu, (501) 671-2040; Burl Scifres, bscifres@uaex.edu, (501) 671-2328; Matt Brown, dmbrown@uaex.edu, (501) 671-2032


    Click here to Enroll now 

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    Quicken Training for County Staff - Fall

    Target:  County Staff Chairs, Secretarial/Clerical Support Staff
    Content: This course is designed to provide an interactive training opportunity for the staff chair and Quicken support person. The course will cover the county depository accounts, the financial management roles of the staff chair and support person, monthly Quicken reporting and reconciliation, and step-by-step instructions for using the Quicken software for County financial transactions.   
    Competency Category(s): 
    Organizational Knowledge
    Format: Webinar
    Date(s): November 7, 2019 (Enrollment closes 10/31/19)
    Time: 9am- 3:30pm
    Location: 
    Zoom 
    Capacity: 150 
    Contact(s): 
     Jessica Smith, jlsmith@uaex.edu, (501) 671-2045; Sherry Sanchez, ssanchez@uaex.edu, (501) 671-2178

    Click here to Enroll now
     

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    Check In and Tune Up for New Hires – Fall

    Target: New employees hired in permanent positions since the previous Check In & Tune Up workshop 
    Content: This is a required, one-day workshop for new employees. Topics covered include the Big Picture of Extension and tips and advice on how to be successful in their new jobs.
    Competency Category(s): 
    Organizational Knowledge
    Format: Classroom
    Date(s): November 5, 2019 (Enrollment closes 10/29/19)
    Time: 9:00am- 3:00pm
    Location: 
    Arkansas 4-H Center
    Capacity: 50
    Contact(s): 
    Julie Robinson, jrobinson@uaex.edu, (501) 671- 2082; Diane Mashburn, dmashburn@uaex.edu, (501) 671-2351

    Click here to Enroll now

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    Dollars and Sense with Navigating Financial Guidelines - Spring

    Target:  All Employees
    Content: This course is designed to familiarize all employees with the operating procedures of Financial Services.  Various topics, including available funding, E-print, budgets, County Depository Accounts, travel regulations, p-cards, purchasing guidelines, approvals, and fixed assets will be explained by the managers of the Financial Services Department.
    Competency Category(s): 
    Organizational Knowledge
    Format: Classroom
    Date(s): March 12, 2020 (Enrollment closes 3/5/20)
    Time: 9:00am- 3:30pm
    Location: 
    Little Rock State Office
    Capacity: 78

    Contact(s): Jessica Smith, 501-671-2045, jlsmith@uaex.edu; Shakarie Murphy, smurphy@uaex.edu, (501) 671-2057; Cindy Johnson, cjjohnson@uaex.edu, (501) 671-2011; Denise Brown, rdbrown@uaex.edu, (501) 671-2047; Sherry Sanchez, ssanchez@uaex.edu, (501) 671-2178; Liz White, ewhite@uaex.edu, (501) 671-2040; Burl Scifres, bscifres@uaex.edu, (501) 671-2328; Matt Brown, dmbrown@uaex.edu, (501) 671-2032

    Click here to Enroll now

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    Check In and Tune Up for New Hires – Spring

    Target: New employees hired in permanent positions since the previous Check In & Tune Up workshop 
    Content: This is a required, one-day workshop for new employees. Topics covered include the Big Picture of Extension and tips and advice on how to be successful in their new jobs.
    Competency Category(s): 
    Organizational Knowledge
    Format: Classroom
    Date(s): May 5, 2020 (Enrollment closes 4/28/20)
    Time: 9:00am- 3:00pm
    Location: 
    Little Rock State Office
    Capacity: 50
    Contact(s): 
    Julie Robinson, jrobinson@uaex.edu, (501) 671- 2082; Diane Mashburn, dmashburn@uaex.edu, (501) 671-2351

    Click here to Enroll now

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    Quicken Training for County Staff – Spring

    Target:  County Staff Chairs, Secretarial/Clerical Support Staff
    Content: This course is designed to provide an interactive training opportunity for the staff chair and Quicken support person. The course will cover the county depository accounts, the financial management roles of the staff chair and support person, monthly Quicken reporting and reconciliation, and step-by-step instructions for using the Quicken software for County financial transactions.   
    Competency Category(s): 
    Organizational Knowledge
    Format: Webinar
    Date(s): May 7, 2020 (Enrollment closes 4/30/20)
    Time: 9am- 3:30pm
    Location: 
    Zoom 
    Capacity: 150 
    Contact(s):  Jessica Smith, jlsmith@uaex.edu, (501) 671-2045; Sherry Sanchez, ssanchez@uaex.edu, (501) 671-2178


    Click here to Enroll now 

  • Professionalism 

    Professionalism Competency Definition-

    A commitment to the profession as well as the flexibility to balance all aspects of personal and professional life in order to work effectively.

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    Navigating the County Agent Promotion Process

    Target: County Agents
    Content: Learn the good, the bad, and the ugly when navigating through the promotion document. Our presenters will share examples, allow you to compare and contrast promotion documents, and will share information to help you make your promotion document better. 
    Competency Category(s): Professionalism
    Format: Online
    Location: Online
    Capacity: 100
    Contact(s): Julie Robinson, jrobinson@uaex.edu, (501) 671- 2082 

    Click here to Enroll now

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    Mental Health First Aid Training - Stuttgart

    Target: County Agents, State Faculty, Supervisors
    Content: This is a one-day training for agents and other staff to be equipped to recognize and respond in mental health crisis situations and as a complement to the Farm Stress program. Just as CPR helps you assist an individual having a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid helps you assist someone experiencing a mental health or substance use-related crisis. In this 8-hour course, you learn risk factors and warning signs for mental health and addiction concerns, strategies for how to help someone in both crisis and non-crisis situations, and where to turn for help. This course gives people the skills to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. The evidence behind the program demonstrates that it does build mental health literacy, helping the public identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illness.
    Competency Category(s): 
    Professionalism
    Format: Classroom
    Date(s): July 18, 2019 (Enrollment closes 7/11/19)
    Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm
    Location:
     Rice Research Center - Stuttgart
    Capacity: 35
    Contact(s): 
    Brittney Schrick, bschrick@uaex.edu, (501) 671-2202, Rebecca Simon, rsimon@uaex.edu, (501) 671-2364

    Click here to Enroll now

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    Supervisor School

    Target: County Staff Chairs, Supervisors
    Content: This interactive course will help new supervisors at the state and county level develop their skills in effectively managing employees. Training will address the human aspects of personnel management, as well as organizational policies.
    Competency Category(s): 
    Professionalism, Communication, Organizational Knowledge
    Format: Classroom
    Date(s): February 4-5, 2020 (Enrollment closes 1/17/20)
    Time: February 4 - 10:00am - 5:00pm, February 5 - 8:00am - 2:00pm
    Location:
     Arkansas 4-H Center
    Capacity: 100
    Contact(s): 
    Stacey McCullough, smccullough@uaex.edu, (501) 671-2078; Donna Rothberg, drothberg@uaex.edu, (501) 671-2020; Beth Phelps, bphelps@uaex.edu, (501) 671-2219; Sharon Reynolds, sreynolds@uaex.edu, (501) 671-2016; Jerry Clemons, jclemons@uaex.edu, (501) 671-2024; Vic Ford, vford@uaex.edu, (501) 671-2001; Martha Ray Sartor, msartor@uaex.edu, (501) 671-2385

    Click here to Enroll now 

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    2020 Support Staff Conference

    Target: Secretarial/Clerical Support Staff, State Support Services Staff
    Content: The Support Staff Conference provides training and mentoring opportunities across a range of topical areas including: financial management, administrative procedures, civil rights/accountability, human resource support protocols, technology applications/programs, communication skills, time management, and customer service. In addition, conference attendees receive administrative updates, current benefits information, information specific to the support of Extension educational programming, and the ability to network. 
    Competency Category(s): Professionalism
    Format: Classroom
    Date(s): April 30- May 1, 2020 (Enrollment closes 4/13/20)  Enrollment will be open February 1, 2020.
    Time: April 30- 8:00am - 4:30pm; May 1 - 8:00am - 1:00pm
    Location: C. A. Vines 4-H Center, Ferndale, AR
    Capacity: 160
    Contact(s): Karen Ballard, kballard@uaex.edu, (501)671-2218; Lynda Wilson, lwilson@uaex.edu, (501) 671-2309

    Enrollment will open February 1, 2020

  • Program Development

    Program Development Competency Definition-

    Demonstrates the ability to recognize, understand, and facilitate educational opportunities and coordinate resources that best respond to the needs of individuals and communities.

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    County Impact Training- Delta District - Session I

    Target: County Agents, County Staff Chairs, Secretarial/Clerical Support Staff, Program Assistants 
    Content: This ninety minute training will walk agents and support staff through the use of the new county impact web form and tips for writing a quality impact report. 
    Competency Category(s): 
    Program Development
    Format: Webinar
    Date(s): August 30, 2019 (Enrollment closes 8/28/19)
    Time: 10:00am- 11:30am
    Location: 
    Zoom
    Contact(s): Diane Mashburn, dmashburn@uaex.edu, (501) 671- 2351;  Jerry Clemons, jclemons@uaex.edu, (501) 671-2024

    Click here to Enroll now 

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    County Impact Training- Ouachita District - Session I

    Target: County Agents, County Staff Chairs, Secretarial/Clerical Support Staff
    Content: This ninety minute training will walk agents and support staff through the use of the new county impact web form and tips for writing a quality impact report. 
    Competency Category(s): 
    Program Development
    Format: Webinar
    Date(s): September 10, 2019 (Enrollment closes 9/8/19)
    Time: 1:30pm- 3:00pm
    Location: 
    Zoom
    Contact(s): Diane Mashburn, dmashburn@uaex.edu, (501) 671- 2351; Beth Phelps, bphelps@uaex.edu, (501) 671-2020 

    Click here to Enroll now 

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    County Impact Training- Ozark District - Session I

    Target: County Agents, County Staff Chairs, Secretarial/Clerical Support Staff, Program Assistants 
    Content: This ninety minute training will walk agents and support staff through the use of the new county impact web form and tips for writing a quality impact report. 
    Competency Category(s): 
    Program Development
    Format: Webinar
    Date(s): August 27, 2019 (Enrollment closes 8/25/19)
    Time: 1:30pm - 3:00pm
    Location: 
    Zoom
    Contact(s): Diane Mashburn, dmashburn@uaex.edu, (501) 671- 2351; Sharon Reynolds, sreynolds@uaex.edu, (501) 671-2016

    Click here to Enroll now 

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    County Impact Training- Delta District - Session II

    Target: County Agents, County Staff Chairs, Secretarial/Clerical Support Staff, Program Assistants 
    Content: This ninety minute training will walk agents and support staff through the use of the new county impact web form and tips for writing a quality impact report. 
    Competency Category(s): 
    Program Development
    Format: Webinar
    Date(s): September 4, 2019 (Enrollment closes 9/2/19)
    Time: 10:00am - 11:30am 
    Location: 
    Zoom
    Contact(s): Diane Mashburn, dmashburn@uaex.edu, (501) 671- 2351; Jerry Clemons, jclemons@uaex.edu, (501) 671-2024

    Click here to Enroll now 

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    County Impact Training- Ouachita District - Session II

    Target: County Agents, County Staff Chairs, Secretarial/Clerical Support Staff, Program Assistants 
    Content: This ninety minute training will walk agents and support staff through the use of the new county impact web form and tips for writing a quality impact report. 
    Competency Category(s): 
    Organizational Knowledge
    Format: Webinar
    Date(s): September 6, 2019 (Enrollment closes 9/4/19)
    Time: 10:00pm- 11:30am
    Location: 
    Zoom
    Contact(s): Diane Mashburn, dmashburn@uaex.edu, (501) 671- 2351; Beth Phelps, bphelps@uaex.edu, (501) 671-2020 

    Click here to Enroll now 

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    County Impact Training- Ozark District - Session II

    Target: County Agents, County Staff Chairs, Secretarial/Clerical Support Staff, Program Assistants 
    Content: This ninety minute training will walk agents and support staff through the use of the new county impact web form and tips for writing a quality impact report. 
    Competency Category(s): 
    Program Development
    Format: Webinar
    Date(s): September 3, 2019 (Enrollment closes 9/1/19)
    Time: 10:00am - 11:30am
    Location: Zoom
    Contact(s): Diane Mashburn, dmashburn@uaex.edu, (501) 671- 2351; Sharon Reynolds, sreynolds@uaex.edu, (501) 671-2016
     

    Click here to Enroll now

  • Technology

    Technology Competency Definition-

    Demonstrates a sound understanding of and comfort with information technology tools, systems, and operations; has current technology skills for communicating, conducting business, creating, and delivering educational programming; actively seeks new ways of using technology to enhance Extension work. Effectively uses information technology tools needed for Extension work. Selects and applies appropriate technology to one’s work activity and audience. Learns new ways of using technology to improve quality or efficiency of work. Models technology adoption. Identifies and solves routine problems involving the use of technology. Mentors or teaches others ways to use technology to improve processes or programs.

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    Turning Point Training

    Target: All Employees
    Content: This training will walk agents and support staff through the use of Turning Point as a helpful tool to poll learners while in the classroom. 
    Competency Category(s): 
    Information Technology
    Format: Online
    Date(s): August 9, 2019 - June 30, 2019 
    Location: 
    Learn
    Contact(s): Pat Doss, pdoss@uaex.edu, (501) 671-2141

    Click here to Enroll now  

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    Banner Basics: Requisitions

    Target: Support Staff 
    Content: This course is designed for those employees who will be entering on-line requisitions for their office to order supplies, training materials, etc., from vendors
    Competency Category(s): 
    Technology
    Format: Online
    Date(s): 
    July 1, 2018- June 30, 2019 (Enrollment closes 6/30/19)
    Location: 
    Learn.uaex.edu
    Contact(s): Jo Ann Fish, jfish@uaex.edu, (501) 671- 2296; Jessica Smith, jlsmith@uaex.edu, (501) 671-2057

    Click here to Enroll now 

    eLearn

    Instructional Design 101

    Target: All Employees 
    Content: Learn the highlights of course development, best practices in instructional design, and the UACES online course development process. 
    Competency Category(s): 
    Technology
    Format: Online
    Date(s): 
    July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019
    Contact(s): 
    Julie Robinson, jrobinson@uaex.edu, (501) 671-2082

    Click here to Enroll now 

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    Beginner Website Online Self-Paced Video Training

    Target: All Employees 
    Content: This training will allow the participant to view video tutorials on the basics of using the OMNI update content management system. 
    Competency Category(s): Technology
    Format: Online
    Date(s): July 1, 2019- June 30, 2020 (Contact the course instructor if you are not sure that you have an OMNI account)
    Location: Learn.uaex.edu
    Contact(s): Amy Cole, (501) 671-2304; accole@uaex.edu

    Click here to Enroll now 

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    Tech Tuesdays

    Target: All Employees
    Content: Technology is ever changing for Extension personnel, and sometimes keeping up with those changes can be a full time job.  Several of the support unit personnel have teamed up to offer this bi-weekly Tech Tuesday webinar series in a multi-unit collaborative effort.  Topics will range from social media, webpages, software programs, educational technology tools, and other topics as they are identified.  Webinars will be hosted using Zoom, sessions will be 30-45 minutes in length.   
    Competency Category(s): Technology
    Format: Webinar
    Date(s): TBA
    Time: 11:00am - 12:00pm
    Location: Zoom
    Contact(s): Julie Robinson, jrobinson@uaex.edu, (501) 671- 2082; Amy Cole, accole@uaex.edu, (501) 671-2304, Mary Poling, mpoling@uaex.edu, (501) 671-2212  

    Click here to Enroll now

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    AIMS Resources and Reports for Supervisors

    Target: County Staff Chairs, Supervisors
    Content: This two hour Zoom training will walk supervisors through all the resources and reports available to them within AIMS. From viewing reporting frequency to civil rights reports, each piece will be walked through during this training. This training will assist supervisors at both the county and state level.
    Competency Category(s): 
    Subject Matter Expertise- Technology
    Format: Webinar
    Date(s): February 12, 2020 (Enrollment closes 2/10/20)
    Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm
    Location:
     Zoom
    Capacity: 50
    Contact(s): 
    Diane Mashburn, dmashburn@uaex.edu, (501) 671-2351

    Click here to Enroll now