UACES Facebook In-Service Training Catalog

FY19 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
    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, 2018- June 30, 2019 (Enrollment closes 6/15/19)
    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, 2018- June 30, 2019 (Enrollment closes 6/21/19)
    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

    On-Farm Grain Drying

    Target: County Agents, Program Associates/Techs, Program Assistants
    Content: On-Farm Grain Drying is an on-line training course that covers the fundamentals of grain drying techniques, selection of the optimum grain drying conditions as well as how to conserve energy during the drying process. This course will offer guidance to county Extension Agents responsible for advising farm owners who have several questions related to on-farm grain drying and dryers.
    Competency Category(s): Subject Matter Expertise- ANR
    Format: Online
    Date(s): 
    July 1, 2018- June 30, 2019 (Enrollment closes 6/30/19)
    Location: Learn.uaex.edu
    Contact(s): Samy Sadaka, ssadaka@uaex.edu, (501) 303-0522

    Click here to Enroll now

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    Peach Workshop 2018

    Target: County Agents
    Content: Attendees can expect to learn how to identify different fruit disorders, how to treat and prevent diseases and insects, what varieties are recommended for use in AR and how to manage their fertility program. We are having two regional experts on disease management in peaches as  invited speakers at this workshop. Dr. Guido Schnabel of Clemson University will talk about premature peach tree decline and a cell phone app he helped develop to help growers ID insects and diseases. Also Dr. Phil Brennan of the University of Georgia will discuss major foliar and fruit diseases. Both are widely recognized plant pathologists who  work on peaches and we are excited to have them come and share their expertise. We will also have a short tour of the peach and nectarine trials at the Fruit research station and hopefully eat a few peaches too.  
    Competency Category(s): Subject Matter Expertise- ANR
    Format: Blended (Classroom/Field)
    Date(s): July 12, 2018 (Enrollment closes 7/5/18)
    Time: 2:00pm- 7:15pm
    Location: Fruit Research Station, Clarksville, AR 
    Contact(s): Jackie Lee, jalee@uaex.edu, (501) 671-2191; Amanda McWhirt, amcwhirt@uaex.edu, 501-671-2229

    Click here to Enroll now 

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    Issues in Row Crop Production, Section I

    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. This in-service is very field-oriented and weather dependent.
    Competent Categories: Subject Matter Expertise-ANR
    Format: Field
    Date: July 12, 2018 (Enrollment closes 7/5/18)
    Time: 10:00am -3:00pm
    Location: Pine Bluff, AR 
    Capacity: 25
    Contact: Chad Norton, cnorton@uaex.edu, (870) 460-1091

    Click here to Enroll now

    hands holding soil with a new leaf growth

    Soil Health 101: Roadmap to Success

    Target: County Agents
    Content: This course will be an introduction to Soil Health and a hands-on exercise in planning and implementation of a comprehensive strategy to begin cover cropping. Topics covered will include what is soil health, how is it measured, what factors influence soil health and what practices help conserve it. Course will be a mix of lecture and hands-on activities. Participants will receive a kit of basic supplies to conduct assessments of soil health in their counties. County Agents in the Delta District need to attend as they are part of the grant that funds this training.
    Competency Category(s): Subject Matter Expertise- ANR
    Format: Blended (Classroom/Field)
    Date(s): July 23, 2018 (Enrollment closes 7/17/18)
    Time: 10:00am- 4:00pm
    Location: Robbie Bevis Farm, Lonoke, AR 
    Contact(s): Bill Robertson, brobertson@uaex.edu, 870-523-7450; Amanda McWhirt, amcwhirt@uaex.edu, 501-671-2229

    Click here to Enroll now 

    cotton row crops

    CANCELLED - Issues in Row Crop Production, Section II

    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. This in-service is very field-oriented and weather dependent.
    Competency Categories: Subject Matter Expertise-ANR
    Format: Field
    Date: August 6, 2018 (Enrollment closes 7/30/18)
    Time: 10:00am -3:00pm
    Location: Newport, AR 
    Capacity: 25
    Contact: Chad Norton, cnorton@uaex.edu, (870) 460-1091

    picture of a soybean plant

    2018 Soybean College

    Target: County Agents, Program Associates/Techs, State Faculty
    Content: Participants will hear presentations from University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture and industry personnel, and have the opportunity to take part in hands-on demonstrations of new technologies and practices on soybean production.
    Competency Category(s): 
    ANR-Crop, Soil and Environmental Science
    Format: Field
    Date(s): 
    August 7, 2018
    Time: 
    8:00am - 4:00pm
    Location: 
    Newport Extension Center, Newport, AR 
    Capacity: 60
    Contact(s): 
    Jeremy Ross, jross@uaex.edu, (501) 944-0621

    Click here to Enroll now 

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    Pecan School, Session 2 of 3

    Target: County Agents, County Staff Chairs
    Content: Pecan School will be held to train agents and growers on basic pecan production practices during the production cycle with both classroom and field experience. Speakers will be brought in from across the state and include state specialists Lee and McWhirt to highlight production and management practices. This program will consist of half day in the classroom and half day in the field each class period. A binder will be constructed that will serve as a production guide and given to each participant. 
    Competency Category(s): Subject Matter Expertise- ANR
    Format: Blended (Classroom/Field)
    Date(s): August 7, 2018 (Enrollment closes 7/31/18)
    Time: 10:00am- 3:00pm
    Location: Lonoke County Extension Office
    Contact(s): Jackie Lee, jalee@uaex.edu, 501-671-2191; Amanda McWhirt, amcwhirt@uaex.edu, 501-671-2229

    Click here to Enroll now

    cattle in a pasture

    CANCELLED - Animal Health Basics

    Target: County Agents
    Content: This course will teach agriculture agents a variety of topics concerning livestock and poultry health for food production and for showing. Agents will also learn the regulations governing veterinary medicine, including the FDA Veterinary Feed Directive, and how to properly manage infectious disease outbreaks. 
    Competency Category(s): Subject Matter Expertise- ANR
    Format: Blended (Classroom/Field)
    Date(s): August 16-17, 2018 (Enrollment closes 8/9/18) (TWO DAYS)
    Time: 
    August 16 - 12pm - 6pm, August 17 - 8am - 12pm
    Location: 
    Pauline Whitaker Animal Science Center, Fayetteville, AR 
    Capacity:
     20
    Contact(s): Dr. Heidi Ward, hward@uaex.edu, (501) 671-2162, Dr. Dustan Clark, fdclark@uark.edu, (479) 575-4375

    cracked pecans

    Pecan School, Session 3 of 3

    Target: County Agents, County Staff Chairs
    Content: Pecan School will be held to train agents and growers on basic pecan production practices during the production cycle with both classroom and field experience. Speakers will be brought in from across the state and include state specialists Lee and McWhirt to highlight production and management practices. This program will consist of half day in the classroom and half day in the field each class period. A binder will be constructed that will serve as a production guide and given to each participant. 
    Competency Category(s): Subject Matter Expertise- ANR
    Format: Blended (Classroom/Field)
    Date(s): October 4, 2018 (Enrollment closes September 27, 2018)
    Time: 10:00am- 3:00pm
    Location: Lonoke County Extension Office
    Contact(s): Jackie Lee, jalee@uaex.edu, 501-671-2191; Amanda McWhirt, amcwhirt@uaex.edu, 501-671-2229

    Click here to Enroll now

    picture of horse

    CANCELLED - Horse Production and Horsemanship In-Service

    Target: County Agents, County Staff Chairs, Program Assistants
    Content: This course will go over horsemanship techniques as well as production practices for horses. If possible, please bring a horse to ride. 
    Competency Category(s): 
    Subject Matter Expertise - ANR
    Format: Field
    Date(s): October 30, 2018
    Time: 10:00am - 4:00pm
    Location: 
    White County Fairgrounds, Searcy, AR 

    Capacity: 25
    Contact(s): Mark Russell, mrussell@uaex.edu, (501) 671-2190
     

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    Annie’s Project Facilitator Training

    Target: County Agents
    Content: This training will qualify agents as official Annie's Project facilitators. Trained facilitators have access to online resources from national Annie's Project. Annie's Project is risk management education for women in farm enterprises. The program covers five areas of risk management including financial, legal, human resources, marketing, and production. An Annie's Project national trainer will conduct this in-service training to qualify agents as facilitators. 
    Competency Category(s): 
    Agriculture & Natural Resources
    Format: Classroom
    Date(s): 
    November 7, 2018
    Time: 
    8:00am - 4:30pm
    Location: 
    Arkansas 4-H Center, Ferndale, AR 
    Capacity: 30
    Contact(s): 
    Laura Hendrix, lhendrix@uaex.edu, (501) 671-2170

    Click here to Enroll now 

    picture of a forest

    Promoting Decision Support Tools to Assist Your Forest Landowner Clientele

    Target: County Agents, County Staff Chairs
    Content: This course will educate agents regarding available forestry decision support tools to assist your forest landowner clientele in decision making and planning. There are many online resources and available software to help private landowners manage their forests. These tools may be specific to topics such as: thinning, herbicides, species selection, land mapping, and many other areas. Most landowners are not aware of these tools. Our goal is to educate agents on available tools and provide resources for agents to conduct these programs with their clientele. Agents will be equipped with outreach materials including pubs, postcards, videos and presentations to conduct county level programs to educate and promote these available tools. We will have funding to also help conduct 5 county level programs to be decided upon after the in-service.
    Competent Categories: Subject Matter Expertise-ANR
    Format: Classroom
    Date: November 15, 2018 (Enrollment closes 11/8/18)
    Time: 9:00am -2:30pm
    Location: Little Rock State Office
    Capacity: 15
    Contact: Kyle Cunningham, kcunningham@uaex.edu, (501) 671-2145

    Click here to Enroll now 

    cotton row crops

    Row Crop In-Service

    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 22-24, 2019 (Enrollment closes 1/15/19) THREE DAYS
    Time: January 22 - 8:00am -5:00pm, January 23 - 8:00am -5:00pm, January 24 - 8:00am -12:00pm
    Location: Riverfront Wyndham Hotel, North Little Rock, AR 
    Capacity: 45
    Contact: Chad Norton, cnorton@uaex.edu, (870) 460-1091; Hank Chaney, hchaney@uaex.edu, (501) 508-9366

    Click here to Enroll now 

    winter forage

    Forages 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): February 12, 2019 (Enrollment closes 2/5/19)
    Time: 
    8:30am- 4pm
    Location: 
    Livestock and Forestry Research Station, Batesville, AR  
    Capacity: 
    25
    Contact(s): John Jennings, jjennings@uaex.edu, (501) 730-0034

    Click here to Enroll now

    farm pond

    Farm Pond and Aquatic Vegetation Management

    Target: County Agents, County Staff Chairs
    Content: Students will receive lectures on aquatic weed identification and current aquatic weed control methods; including biological and chemical controls, herbicide selection and treatment calculations. Student will also receive lectures farm pond and reservoir management. These may include, but are not limited to; nutrient management, pond stocking, species selection, sampling and management of fish populations, avoiding and managing muddy water, pond leaks, and fish kills. Topics emphasized will be adjusted based on feedback from scheduled class participants prior to the in-service. 
    Competency Category(s): Subject Matter Expertise- ANR
    Format: Classroom
    Date(s): February 26, 2019 (Enrollment closes 2/19/19)
    Time: 9:00am- 4:30pm
    Location: SWREC, Hope, AR
    Capacity: 15
    Contact(s): George Selden, seldeng@uapb.edu, (870) 540-7805; Scott Jones, joness@uapb.edu, (870) 575-8185

    Click here to Enroll now 

    irrigation sprinkler in a field

    Irrigation Water Management

    Target: County Agents, Program Associates/Techs
    Content: Participants will get hands on instruction on MIRI Irrigation, Row Rice Irrigation, and furrow irrigation efficiently using IWM devices. 
    Competency Category(s): Subject Matter Expertise- ANR
    Format: Field
    Date(s): May 1, 2019 (Enrollment closes 4/23/19)
    Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
    Capacity: 30
    Location: Jonesboro, AR
    Contact: Mike Hamilton, mkhamilton@uaex.edu, 870-919-5061 

    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: Using county-based data and real-world examples, this online course will help county agents understand the form and function of county government, the county budgeting process, and the county government resources available through Community & Economic Development.
    Competency Category(s): Community and Economic Development
    Format: Online
    Date(s): 
    July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019
    Location: 
    Learn
    Contact(s): 
    Wayne Miller, wmiller@uaex.edu, (501) 671-2085

    Click here to Enroll now

    Dallas County Courthouse

    Introduction to County Government Part II

    Target: County Agents 
    Content: This online course will help county agents understand the fiscal environment of county government, critical issues facing Arkansas counties, and potential solutions to upcoming challenges. Participants will also learn how to use the county finance resources available through Community & Economic Development and identify potential program areas for sharing this information.
    Competency Category(s): Community and Economic Development
    Format: Online
    Dates: July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019
    Location: Learn
    Contact: Wayne Miller, wmiller@uaex.edu, (501) 671-2085

    Click here to Enroll now 

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    Arkansas Ballot Education Training, Section I

    Target: County Agents, County Staff Chairs
    Content: When Arkansans go to the polls this November to vote, they’ll also be deciding whether to alter the state constitution. These online sessions will review the proposals on the ballot, how education materials can be shared, and feature what has worked for agents in the past. This course is for new and experienced county agents who have any interest in learning about the proposed ballot issues and what the Public Policy Center's ballot education program provides counties.
    Competency Category(s): Subject Matter Expertise- CED
    Format: Webinar
    Date(s): 
    August 14, 2018 (Enrollment closes 8/13/18)
    Time: 9:00am- 10:30am
    Location: Zoom
    Capacity: 25
    Contact(s): 
    Kristin Higgins, khiggins@uaex.edu, (501) 671- 2160

    Click here to Enroll now 

    vote here sign

    Arkansas Ballot Education Training, Section II

    Target: County Agents, County Staff Chairs
    Content: When Arkansans go to the polls this November to vote, they’ll also be deciding whether to alter the state constitution. These online sessions will review the proposals on the ballot, how education materials can be shared, and feature what has worked for agents in the past. This course is for new and experienced county agents who have any interest in learning about the proposed ballot issues and what the Public Policy Center's ballot education program provides counties.
    Competency Category(s): Subject Matter Expertise- CED
    Format: Webinar
    Date(s): August 22, 2018 (Enrollment closes 8/21/18)
    Time: 1:30pm- 3:00pm
    Location: Zoom
    Capacity: 25
    Contact(s): Kristin Higgins, khiggins@uaex.edu, (501) 671- 2160

    Click here to Enroll now 

    vote here sign

    Arkansas Ballot Education Training, Section III

    Target: County Agents, County Staff Chairs
    Content: When Arkansans go to the polls this November to vote, they’ll also be deciding whether to alter the state constitution. These online sessions will review the proposals on the ballot, how education materials can be shared, and feature what has worked for agents in the past. This course is for new and experienced county agents who have any interest in learning about the proposed ballot issues and what the Public Policy Center's ballot education program provides counties.
    Competency Category(s): Subject Matter Expertise- CED
    Format: Webinar
    Date(s): August 27, 2018 (Enrollment closes 8/26/18)
    Time: 3:00pm- 4:30pm
    Location: Zoom
    Capacity: 25
    Contact(s): Kristin Higgins, khiggins@uaex.edu, (501) 671- 2160

    Click here to Enroll now 

    man watering money tree

    CANCELLED - 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): Community and Economic Development 
    Format: Classroom
    Date(s): September 12, 2018
    Time: 9:30am - 3:30pm
    Location: Little Rock State Office
    Capacity: 15
    Contact(s): Mary Love, mlove@uaex.edu, (501) 671-2062; Max Franks, mfranks@uaex.edu, (501) 650-6180; Melanie Berman, mberman@uaex.edu, (501) 671-2361, Debra Garcia, dgarcia@uaex.edu, (501) 671-2080, Mark Peterson, mpeterson@uaex.edu, (501) 671-2253; Kim Magee, kmagee@uaex.edu, (501) 671-2081

    Click here to Enroll now

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    Using USAspending.gov to Educate Arkansas Businesses

    Target: County Agents, County Staff Chairs
    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): December 13, 2018
    Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm
    Location: Zoom
    Capacity: 100
    Contact(s): Melanie Berman, mberman@uaex.edu, (501) 671-2361

    Click here to Enroll now

    dallas county courthouse

    Local Economic Development Opportunities in the 21st Century Economy

    Target: County Agents, County Staff Chairs, State Faculty, Supervisors
    Content: Creating jobs is a high priority among many rural communities, as their economic base is eroded by outsourcing and other factors, decreasing local government revenues. This course will highlight practical ways Extension can help communities create jobs in this 21st century economy. Participants will learn several economic development strategies: selling to the government, downtown revitalization, entrepreneurship, retail trade development, and business retention and expansion.
    Competency Category(s): Subject Matter Expertise- CED
    Format: Classroom
    Date(s): April 3, 2019 (Enrollment Closes 2/27/19)
    Time: 9:30am - 4pm
    Location: Little Rock State Office
    Capacity: 25
    Contact(s): Mark Peterson, mpeterson@uaex.edu, (501) 671-2253; Kim Magee, kmagee@uaex.edu, (501) 671-2081; Wayne Miller, wmiller@uaex.edu, (501) 671-2085; Stacey McCullough, smccullough@uaex.edu, (501) 671-2078; Melanie Berman, mberman@uaex.edu, (501) 671-2361; Mary Love, mlove@uaex.edu, (501) 671-2062

    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
    Date(s): 
    July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019
    Contact(s): 
    Laura Hendrix, (501) 671-2170, lhendrix@uaex.edu

    Click here to Enroll now

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    SNAP-Ed Cook Smart, Eat Smart

    Target: FCS 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-SNAP-ED
    Format: Classroom
    Date(s): July 18, 2018 (Enrollment closes 7/11/18)
    Time: 10:00am- 4:00pm
    Location: Little Rock State Office, rooms 1 & 2
    Capacity: 25
    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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    Extension Get Fit

    Target: County Agents
    Content: This training will cover all of the Extension Get Fit materials to date. Day one participants will go through the Basic Extension Get Fit training to learn the latest exercise research recommendations, the purpose and structure of Extension Get Fit, and the foundational exercises that all subsequent exercises are built upon. Day two participants will learn four additional exercise routines - Loosen Up (Deskercise), Back to Basics, Circuit Training and Chair Yoga. Participants must complete the Basic Extension Get Fit training, either during this in-service or prior, before participating in the additional exercise routines. If a participant has already completed all of these trainings, he/she may still attend as a refresher. It is vital for agents to attend these trainings and understand the content in order to have successful Extension Get Fit exercise groups in their counties.
    Competency Category(s): Subject Matter Expertise- FCS
    Format: Classroom
    Date(s): December 11-12, 2018 (Enrollment closes 11/11/2018)     TWO DAYS
    Time: December 11 - 8am- 4:30pm, December 12 - 8am- 4:30pm  
    Location: C. A. Vines 4-H Center, Ferndale, AR
    Capacity: 50
    Contact(s): Lisa Washburn, lwashburn@uaex.edu, (501) 671- 2099; Lauren Copeland, lncopeland@uaex.edu, (501) 671- 2295; Jessica Vincent, jvincent@uaex.edu, (501) 623- 6841

    Click here to Enroll now


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    SNAP-Ed FY18 Impact Reports, Section I

    Target: County Agents 
    Content: Participants will learn how to write effective Impact Reports for the FY18 SNAP-Ed program year.
    Competency Category(s): Subject Matter Expertise- FCS
    Format: Webinar
    Date(s): August 29, 2018 (Enrollment closes 8/28/18)
    Time: 10:30am- 11:30am
    Location: Zoom
    Capacity: 90
    Contact(s): Amy McClelland, amcclelland@uaex.edu, (501) 671- 2333

    Click here to Enroll now 

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    EFNEP Statewide Training

    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): August 30, 2018 (Enrollment closes 8/21/18)
    Time: 9:30am- 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
     
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    SNAP-Ed FY18 Impact Reports, Section II

    Target: County Agents 
    Content: Participants will learn how to write effective Impact Reports for the FY18 SNAP-Ed program year.
    Competency Category(s): Subject Matter Expertise- FCS
    Format: Webinar
    Date(s): August 31, 2018 (Enrollment closes 8/30/18)
    Time: 10:30am- 11:30am
    Location: Zoom
    Capacity: 90
    Contact(s): Amy McClelland, amcclelland@uaex.edu, (501) 671- 2333

    Click here to Enroll now

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    SNAP-Ed FY19 AIMS Reporting, Section I

    Target: County Agents
    Content: County FCS Agents will learn how to report FY19 SNAP-Ed events in AIMS.
    Competency Category(s): Subject Matter Expertise- Family & Consumer Sciences- SNAP-Ed
    Format: Zoom Meeting
    Date(s): October 16, 2018 (Enrollment Closes October 15, 2018)
    Time: 10:30am - 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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    Yoga for Kids Instructor Training

    Target: County Agents
    Content: Attendees may attend one or both days of this two-day training. Day One training is the standardized Yoga for Kids Instructor Training. Day Two is a Yoga for Kids Update Training, which will include new poses and routines, new breathing and guided relaxation exercises, and additional program information. Note: Participants must be previously trained Yoga for Kids Instructors, either from attending Day One or a prior training, to attend the Update Training on Day Two. 
    Competency Category(s): Subject Matter Expertise- 4HYD & FCS-Health
    Format: Classroom
    Date(s): January 15-16, 2019 (Enrollment closes 12/14/18) TWO DAYS
    Time: January 15 - 9:00am- 4:30pm, January 16 - 8:30am - 3:00pm
    Location: C.A. Vines Arkansas 4-H Center - Cabe Hall
    Capacity: 35
    Contact(s): Lisa Washburn, lwashburn@uaex.edu, (501) 671-2099, Lauren Copeland, lcopeland@uaex.edu, (501) 671-2295; Jessica Vincent, jvincent@uaex.edu, (501) 282-1233

    Click here to Enroll now

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    SNAP-Ed FY19 AIMS Reporting, Section II

    Target: County Agents
    Content: County FCS Agents will learn how to report FY19 SNAP-Ed events in AIMS.
    Competency Category(s): Subject Matter Expertise- Family & Consumer Sciences- SNAP-Ed
    Format: Zoom Meeting
    Date(s): October 18, 2018 (Enrollment Closes October 18, 2018)
    Time: 10:30am - 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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    SNAP-Ed In-Service Training

    Target: County Agents
    Content: FCS Agents will learn how to plan and conduct successful FY19 SNAP-Ed Programs.
    Competency Category(s): Subject Matter Expertise- FCS
    Format: Classroom
    Date(s): November 13, 2018 (Enrollment closes 11/5/18)
    Time: 10:00am - 4:00pm
    Location: Little Rock State Office 
    Capacity: 90
    Contact(s): Amy McClelland, amcclelland@uaex.edu, (501) 671- 2333 

    Click here to Enroll now

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    Best Care In-Service Training

    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 14, 2018 (enrollment closes 11/7/18)
    Time: 8:00am - 4:30pm
    Location: Arkansas 4-H Center, Ferndale, AR
    Capacity: 85
    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 FY20 Plan, Section I

    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 26, 2019 (Enrollment closes 2/26/19)
    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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    SNAP-Ed FY20 Plan, Section II

    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 28, 2019 (Enrollment closes 2/28/19)
    Time: 10am- 11:30am
    Location: Zoom
    Contact(s): Amy McClelland, amcclelland@uaex.edu, (501) 671- 2333

    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
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    New Agent/Program Assistant 4-H Training – Fall

    Target: County Agents, County Staff Chairs, 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): 
    October 3-4, 2018 (Enrollment closes 9/25/18) TWO DAYS
    Time: 
    October 3 - 9:30am -4:30pm, October 4 - 8:30am - 4:30pm
    Location: 
    C.A. Vines 4-H Center, Ferndale, AR 
    Capacity: 15
    Contact(s): Angie Freel, afreel@uaex.edu, (501) 671- 2096; Priscella Thomas-Scott, pthomas-scott@uaex.edu, (501)  671-2271

    Click here to Enroll now 

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    New Agent/Program Assistant 4-H Training – Spring

    Target: County Agents, County Staff Chairs, 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 6-7, 2019 (Enrollment closes 2/25/19) TWO DAYS
    Time: 
    March 6- 9:30am -4:30pm, March 7 - 8:30am - 4:30pm
    Location: 
    C.A. Vines 4-H Center, Ferndale, AR 
    Capacity: 15
    Contact(s): 
    Angie Freel, afreel@uaex.edu, (501) 671- 2096; Priscella Thomas-Scott, pthomas-scott@uaex.edu, (501)  671-2271

    Click here to Enroll now 

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    4-H Outdoor Skills

    Target: County Agents, County Staff Chairs, Program Assistants, State Faculty
    Content: This training will be designed to update participants with current information related to the 4-H Outdoor Skills program. Updated strategies for safety education ATV, UTV, and shooting sports but not limited to those areas. New Orama Archery program, New 4-H BB and Air Rifle Program and 4-H Fishing opportunities.  
    Competency Category(s): Subject Matter Expertise- 4HYD
    Format: Blended (Classroom/Field)
    Date(s): November 1-2, 2018 (Enrollment closes 10/27/18)  TWO DAYS
    Time: November 1 -10:00am- 5:00pm; November 3 - 8:00am - 2:00pm
    Location: C.A. Vines Arkansas 4-H Center,  Little Rock, AR
    Capacity: 60
    Contact(s): Jesse Bocksnick, jbocksnick@uaex.edu, (501) 671-2334

    Click here to Enroll now

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    LIFE – Leadership Initiatives for Educators

    Target: County Agents, County Staff Chairs, Program Assistants, Program Associates/Techs, State Faculty, Supervisors
    Content: Participants will learn the following: 
       • Expanded awareness and understanding of leadership skills and leadership styles. 
       • Strengthen understanding of sequencing educational/experiential based adventure activities. 
       • Strengthen teaching and facilitation skills. 
       • Strengthen skills in processing the experience (asking the right questions). 
       • Gain new ideas and resources for incorporating initiative activities in a variety of settings for a variety of audiences. 
    Competency Category(s): Subject Matter Expertise- 4HYD
    Format: Blended (Classroom/Field)
    Date(s): November 8-9, 2018 (Enrollment closes 11/2/18)  TWO DAYS
    Time: November 8 -10:30am- 4:30pm; November 9 - 8:00am - 4:30pm
    Location: C.A. Vines Arkansas 4-H Center,  Little Rock, AR
    Capacity: 22
    Contact(s): Angie Freel, afreel@uaex.edu, (501) 671-2153; Luke Nipper; lnipper@uaex.edu; (501) 821-6884

    Click here to Enroll now

    4H Clover

    2018-2019 4-H Afterschool In-Service

    Target: County Agents
    Content:  4-H Afterschool In-Service provides 5 hours of face-to-face training necessary for county agents to be able to deliver Afterschool curriculum to providers in Arkansas. The training is listed on the Arkansas Professional Development Registry (ARPDR).  
    Competency Category(s): Subject Matter Expertise- FCS
    Format: Classroom
    Date(s): November 15, 2018 (enrollment closes 11/8/18)
    Time: 9:00am - 2:00pm
    Location: Arkansas 4-H Center, Ferndale, AR
    Capacity: 100
    Contact(s): Ashley Dingman, adingman@uaex.edu, (501) 671- 2270

    Click here to Enroll now

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    Growing 4-H STEM

    Target: County Agents, County Staff Chairs, Program Assistants, Program Associates/Techs
    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: Blended (Classroom/Field)
    Date(s): 
    December 3-4, 2018 (Enrollment closes 11/26/18)   TWO DAYS
    Time: December 3 -10:00am- 4:30pm; December 4 - 8:30am - 2:30pm
    Location:
     C.A. Vines Arkansas 4-H Center,  Little Rock, AR
    Capacity: 20
    Contact(s): Lori Canada, lcanada@uaex.edu, (501) 413-7610

    Click here to Enroll now 

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    4-H Grassland Evaluation Contest

    Target: County Faculty
    Content: The Grassland Evaluation Contest teaches students resource management for pastures and grasslands. It consists of 4 parts: Grassland evaluation, Wildlife habitat evaluation, Soils, and Plant ID. Students are presented a scenario for a livestock operation and they must evaluate the pasture for grazing and for wildlife based on a 50x50 marked area of the field and scenario information. The site must be located on a soils map to interpret the soils description to fill out the soil evaluation card. Twenty-five plants from the Plant ID scorecard will be marked in the field for ID. Most agents feel that this training is very valuable to them for training 4H teams as well as for understanding forage management to help farmers. Agents will receive instruction on each section of the contest with emphasis on the Grassland Evaluation section. 
    Competency Category(s): Subject Matter Expertise- 4HYD/ANR
    Format: Classroom
    Date(s): December 11, 2018 (Enrollment Closes 12/4/18)
    Time: 8:30am- 4:00pm
    Capacity: 20
    Location: Faulkner County Extension Office, Conway, AR
    Contact(s): John Jennings, (501) 671-2350, jjennings@uaex.edu

    Click here to Enroll now

    4H Clover

    4-H Agent In-Service 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 29-30, 2019 (Enrollment closes 1/11/19)   TWO DAYS
    Time: January 29 - 9:30am - 4:30pm; January 30 - 8:30am - 4:30pm
    Location: C. A. Vines 4-H Center, Ferndale, AR
    Capacity: 100
    Contact(s): Angie Freel, afreel@uaex.edu, (501) 671-2096

    Click here to Enroll now 

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    Working Smarter Not Harder: Building a New Foundation for Volunteerism

    Target: County Agents, Program Assistants
    Content: Over the course of the last year, county agents and 4-H volunteers have been asked to take part in a series of discussions and evaluations examining the status of adult volunteerism for 4-H youth development. This course will be the culmination of that of that effort. Using agent and program assistant buy-in from the local level, the state 4-H staff will work to train agents and PA's about new programmatic initiatives related to volunteerism with Arkansas 4-H. The training will encompass hands-on activities to learn about volunteer management, using new curriculum and resources, and leader recruitment. 
    Competency Category(s): Subject Matter Expertise- 4-H Youth Development
    Format: Blended (Online/Classroom)
    Date(s): April 16-17, 2019 (Enrollment closes 4/9/19) TWO DAYS
    Time: April 16- 10:00am -4:00pm, April 17 - 9:00am - 3:00pm
    Location: C.A. Vines 4-H Center, Ferndale, AR 
    Capacity: 28
    Contact(s): Hope Bragg, hbragg@uaex.edu(870) 222-3972; Angie Freel, afreel@uaex.edu, (501) 671- 2096

    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: Learn about the seven keys of effective educational presentations and how to achieve them. This course addresses how to determine needs, design your presentation, use personal attributes to deliver your presentation with confidence, and evaluate your presentation.
    Competency Category(s): Communications
    Format: Online
    Date(s): July 1 2018- June 30, 2019 (Enrollment closes 6/26/19)
    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, 2018 – June 30, 2019
    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 14-15, 2019 (Enrollment closes 5/7/19)   TWO DAYS
    Time: 
    May 14 - 10am- 4:30pm, May 15 - 8:00am - 3:00pm
    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, 2018 - June 30, 2019
    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 County Agents 
    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, 2018- June 30, 2019 (Enrollment closes 6/27/19)
    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, 2018- June 30, 2019 (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.
    Competency Category(s): Organizational Knowledge
    Format:
     Online
    Date(s): July 1, 2018- June 30, 2019 (Enrollment closes 6/29/19)
    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: 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.
    Competency Category(s): Organizational Knowledge 
    Format:
     Online
    Date(s): July 1, 2018- June 30, 2019 (Enrollment closes 6/29/19)
    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, 2018- June 30, 2019 (Enrollment closes 6/27/19)
    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 and Mentoring

    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, 2018 - June 30, 2019 (Enrollment closes 6/24/19)
    Location: 
    Learn.uaex.edu
    Contact(s): Julie Robinson, jrobinson@uaex.edu, (501) 671- 2082

    Click here to Enroll now 

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    CANCELLED - Dollars and Sense - 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): September 11, 2018 (Enrollment closes 9/4/18)
    Time: 9:30am- 3:30pm
    Location: Little Rock State Office
    Capacity: 70
    Contact(s): Jessica Smith, 501-671-2045, jlsmith@uaex.edu

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    Quicken Training for County Staff – Fall

    Target:  County Staff Chairs, 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): 
    December 6, 2018 (Enrollment closes 11/30/18)
    Time:
     9am- 1:30pm
    Location: 
    Zoom 
    Capacity: 150 
    Contact(s):  
    Jessica Smith, 501-671-2045, jlsmith@uaex.edu; Rashauna Trigg, rtrigg@uaex.edu, (501) 671-2050; Sam Austin, saustin@uaex.edu, (501) 671-2061

    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 6, 2018 (Enrollment closes 10/30/18)
    Time: 
    9:00am- 3:30pm
    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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    Navigating Financial Guidelines and Civil Rights - Fall

    Target: County Agents, County Staff Chairs, Secretarial/Clerical Support Staff, Program Assistants
    Content: NEW agents, 4-H Program Assistants & County Administrative Assistants III will work with financial matters with 4-H leaders & Master Gardeners during the morning portion of this training.  There are numerous policies & guidelines that must be followed.  This training will assist in navigating the guidelines you must follow in financial transactions with these groups.  In the afternoon portion of this training, NEW agents, 4-H Program Assistants & County Administrative Assistants III will discuss civil rights compliance for program planning, delivery, and reporting. 
    Competency Category(s): Organizational Knowledge
    Format: Classroom
    Date(s): November 7, 2018 (Enrollment closes 10/31/18)
    Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm
    Location: LRSO
    Capacity: 25
    Contact(s): Barbara Batiste, bbatiste@uaex.edu, (501) 671-2213; Brian Helms, bhelms@uaex.edu, (501) 671-2156; Beth Phelps, bphelps@uaex.edu, (501) 671-2020; Sharon Reynolds, sreynolds@uaex.edu, (501) 671-2016; Jerry Clemons, jclemons@uaex.edu, (501) 671-2024

    Click here to Enroll now

    Active Shooter Training

    Active Shooter Training, Zoom Session 1

    Target: County Office Employees
    Content: This training, conducted by the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office introduces nationally-recognized techniques for responding to active shooter events. The Avoid, Deny, Defend model will be taught and steps to help prepare for such an event will be discussed. 
    Competency Category(s): Organizational Knowledge
    Format: Webinar
    Date(s): November 27, 2018
    Time: 1:30pm - 3:30pm
    Location: Zoom
    Capacity: 500
    Contact(s): Dianne Vaughan, dvaughan@uaex.edu, (501) 671-2006

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    Active Shooter Training, Zoom Session 2

    Target: County Office Employees
    Content: This training, conducted by the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office introduces nationally-recognized techniques for responding to active shooter events.  The Avoid, Deny, Defend model will be taught and steps to help prepare for such an event will be discussed. 
    Competency Category(s): Organizational Knowledge
    Format: Webinar
    Date(s): December 4, 2018
    Time: 9:00am - 11:00am
    Location: Zoom
    Capacity: 500
    Contact(s): Dianne Vaughan, dvaughan@uaex.edu, (501) 671-2006

    Click here to Enroll now  

    Active Shooter Training

    Active Shooter Training, Zoom Session 3

    Target: County Office Employees
    Content: This training, conducted by the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office introduces nationally-recognized techniques for responding to active shooter events.  The Avoid, Deny, Defend model will be taught and steps to help prepare for such an event will be discussed. 
    Competency Category(s): Organizational Knowledge
    Format: Webinar
    Date(s): December 4, 2018
    Time: 1:30pm - 3:30pm
    Location: Zoom
    Capacity: 500
    Contact(s): Dianne Vaughan, dvaughan@uaex.edu, (501) 671-2006

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    Active Shooter Training, Classroom Morning

    Target: Little Rock State Office Employees
    Content: This training, conducted by the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office introduces nationally-recognized techniques for responding to active shooter events.  The Avoid, Deny, Defend model will be taught and steps to help prepare for such an event will be discussed. 
    Competency Category(s): Organizational Knowledge
    Format: Classroom
    Date(s): December 5, 2018
    Time: 9:00am - 11:00am
    Location: Little Rock State Office
    Capacity: 190
    Contact(s): Dianne Vaughan, dvaughan@uaex.edu, (501) 671-2006

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    Active Shooter Training, Classroom Afternoon

    Target: Little Rock State Office Employees
    Content: This training, conducted by the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office introduces nationally-recognized techniques for responding to active shooter events.  The Avoid, Deny, Defend model will be taught and steps to help prepare for such an event will be discussed. 
    Competency Category(s): Organizational Knowledge
    Format: Classroom
    Date(s): December 5, 2018
    Time: 1:30pm - 3:30pm
    Location: Little Rock State Office
    Capacity: 190
    Contact(s): Dianne Vaughan, dvaughan@uaex.edu, (501) 671-2006

     
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    Active Shooter Training, Zoom Session 4

    Target: County Office Employees
    Content: This training, conducted by the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office introduces nationally-recognized techniques for responding to active shooter events.  The Avoid, Deny, Defend model will be taught and steps to help prepare for such an event will be discussed. 
    Competency Category(s): Organizational Knowledge
    Format: Classroom
    Date(s): December 7, 2018
    Time: 1:30pm - 3:30pm
    Location: Zoom
    Capacity: 500
    Contact(s): Dianne Vaughan, dvaughan@uaex.edu, (501) 671-2006 

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    Dollars and Sense - 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, 2019 (Enrollment closes 3/5/19)
    Time:
     9:30am- 3:30pm
    Location: 
    Little Rock State Office
    Capacity: 70
    Contact(s): 
    Jessica Smith, 501-671-2045, jlsmith@uaex.edu

    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 7, 2019 (Enrollment closes 4/30/19)
    Time: 
    9:00am- 3:30pm
    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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    Navigating Financial Guidelines and Civil Rights - Spring

    Target: County Agents, County Staff Chairs, Secretarial/Clerical Support Staff, Program Assistants
    Content: NEW agents, 4-H Program Assistants & County Administrative Assistants III will work with financial matters with 4-H leaders & Master Gardeners during the morning portion of this training.  There are numerous policies & guidelines that must be followed.  This training will assist in navigating the guidelines you must follow in financial transactions with these groups.  In the afternoon portion of this training, NEW agents, 4-H Program Assistants & County Administrative Assistants III will discuss civil rights compliance for program planning, delivery, and reporting. 
    Competency Category(s): Organizational Knowledge
    Format: Classroom
    Date(s): May 8, 2019 (Enrollment closes 5/1/19)
    Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm
    Location: LRSO
    Capacity: 25
    Contact(s): Barbara Batiste, bbatiste@uaex.edu, (501) 671-2213; Brian Helms, bhelms@uaex.edu, (501) 671-2156; Beth Phelps, bphelps@uaex.edu, (501) 671-2020; Sharon Reynolds, sreynolds@uaex.edu, (501) 671-2016; Jerry Clemons, jclemons@uaex.edu, (501) 671-2024

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    Quicken Training for County Staff – Spring

    Target:  County Staff Chairs, 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 16, 2019 (Enrollment closes 5/8/19)
    Time:
     9am- 1:30pm
    Location: 
    Zoom 
    Capacity: 150 
    Contact(s): 
    Jessica Smith, 501-671-2045, jlsmith@uaex.edu; Rashauna Trigg, rtrigg@uaex.edu, (501) 671-2050; Sam Austin, saustin@uaex.edu, (501) 671-2061

    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: All 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 Course
    Date(s): July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019
    Contact(s): Julie Robinson, jrobinson@uaex.edu, (501) 671- 2082 

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    Time Matters

    Target: All employees
    Content:  "I never have enough time!" is a frequent complaint from staff chairs. We always seem to have more on our to-do list than there are hours in the day. This Time Management in-service helps staff chairs organize their time and manage their programs, personnel, and administrative duties. We will also hear from some veteran staff chairs who have learned how to manage their time and lived to tell the tale. This course will have five separate zoom sessions. In order to receive a certificate, each participant will need to attend all five sessions. If the participant does not want a certificate, the participant can attend any session he/she would like to attend in the series. 
    Competency Category(s): Professionalism
    Format: Webinar
    Date(s): January 7, 2019 - January 11, 2019 (Enrollment closes 1/6/19)
    Time: 10:00am - 11:00am (all five days)
    Location: Zoom
    Capacity: 100
    Contact(s): Julie Robinson, jrobinson@uaex.edu, (501) 671-2082

    Click here to Enroll now

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    Support Staff Conference

    Target: Secretarial/Clerical Support 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. Concurrent session content is identified and prioritized annually through a formal training needs assessment survey, a planning committee comprised of support staff representatives, and the Executive Team. 
    Competency Category(s): Professionalism
    Format: Classroom
    Date(s): April 25-26, 2019 (Enrollment closes 4/18/19)
    Time: April 25- 10:00am - 4:30pm; April 26 - 8:00am - 3:00pm
    Location: C. A. Vines 4-H Center, Ferndale, AR
    Capacity: 130
    Contact(s): Karen Ballard, kballard@uaex.edu, (501)671-2218; Lynda Wilson, lwilson@uaex.edu, (501) 671-2309

    Enrollment will open February 14, 2019 

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    Introduction to Project Management

    Target: All Employees
    Content: Do you need to know how to manage a project in a timely, effective and efficient manner without going into overtime and running over budget? This course will show you how to manage a project on time, on budget, and facilitate your project management strategy. This short course will discuss the life cycle of your project as well as delivery and stakeholder maintenance. We will pay particular attention to the roles of best practices to help deliver your project's outcomes.
    Competency Category(s): Professionalism
    Format: Webinar
    Date(s): 
    June 12-14, 2019 (Enrollment closes 6/11/19)
    Time: 
    10:00am-12:00pm (all three days)
    Location: Zoom
    Capacity: 20
    Contact(s): Julie Robinson, jrobinson@uaex.edu, (501) 671- 2082

    Click here to Enroll now 

  • 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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    Program Development with Logic Models

    Target: Any Extension employee planning or conducting educational programs 
    Content: This online course covers the development and use of program logic models in the Extension educational program development process. Students will learn the components of program logic models and how to utilize logic models to improve program development, implementation and evaluation. This course utilizes the "Enhancing Programs through Logic Models" online course developed by the University of Wisconsin Extension.
    Competency Category(s): 
    Program Development
    Format: Online
    Date(s): 
    July 1, 2018- June 30, 2019 (Enrollment closes 6/27/19)
    Location: 
    Learn.uaex.edu
    Contact(s): Karen Ballard, kballard@uaex.edu, (501) 671- 2218

    Click here to Enroll now 

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    Building a Program Evaluation

    Target: County Agents, State Faculty
    Content: This course will familiarize students with the different types of program evaluation including needs assessment, process evaluation, and impact evaluation. Participants will identify and utilize a current educational program for creation of a logic model for determination of real-world inputs, targeted outputs, and outcomes. This online course will be taught over a seven-week period of time with a closed participant cohort group. Active weekly participation will be required and will include pre- and post-tests, weekly content review, completion and submission of assignments, and weekly discussion board posts in response to prompts related to instructional content. Participants in this course will be supported in the development of a completed evaluation plan for the planned program of their choice
    Competency Category(s): 
    Program Development
    Format: Online
    Date(s): 
    May 1, 2019 - June 21, 2019 
    Location: 
    Learn.uaex.edu
    Contact(s): Karen Ballard, kballard@uaex.edu, (501) 671- 2218

    Click here to Enroll now 

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    Strategic Planning 101

    Target: State Faculty, County Agents, Supervisors
    Content: Strategic planning is essential for the effective leadership and management of nonprofit, governmental, and educational organizations. This is especially true in volatile or uncertain operating environments. As a department chair, county staff chair, or Extension educator, the ability to facilitate and manage a strategic planning process is a highly desirable skill. Shifting Arkansas demographics, economic conditions, and the influence of technology increases the need for Extension educators and administrators to have the capacity to facilitate and/or constructively participate in local, regional, state or national planning efforts. This training will support participant understanding of the different roles they may be asked to assume with partner organizations, as well as the use of Appreciative Inquiry for the strategic planning process.
    Competency Category(s): Program Development
    Format: Online
    Date(s): 5/1/19- 6/6/19
    Contact(s): Karen Ballard, (501) 671-2218, kballard@uaex.edu

    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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    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, 2018- June 30, 2019 (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 between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019
    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  

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    Aftermarket GPS for Pasture Spraying and Spreading - RESCHEDULING - TBD

    Target: County Agents
    Content: In-service training on the use of Aftermarket GPS systems for spraying and spreading fertilizer on pastures. Specifically the GPS units that the Ouachita district has recently purchased. Topics will include: Aftermarket GPS Systems Related Apps
    Competent Categories: Technology
    Format: Blended (Classroom/Field)
    Date: 
    Time: 10am - 4pm
    Location: Hope, AR 
    Capacity: 20
    Contact: Jason Davis, (870) 523-7450, jdavis@uaex.edu 

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