Riverland employees certified as DACUM Level III facilitators

The Ohio State University has certified Riverland Community College employees Wanda Staska, Riverland Training and Development Consultant, and Lori Jensen, Director of College Partnerships and Transitions, as Level III DACUM facilitators. DACUM, an acronym for developing a curriculum, is a process for clearly defining the duties and tasks that are performed by expert workers in any job or occupation.

DACUMs utilize one- or two-day storyboarding process to provide a picture of what the worker does in terms of duties, tasks, knowledge, skills, traits and, in some cases, the tools the worker uses. The information is presented in graphic chart form and can include information on critical and frequently performed tasks and the training needs of workers.

A DACUM workshop or individual job analysis can increase a business or organization’s efficiency, effectiveness and productivity; update human resources job descriptions; prepare for future openings and the hiring of new employees.

Jensen and Staska are facilitators qualified to conduct a one-day workshop that guides a group of employees through the DACUM process. Since receiving certification, the pair has conducted DACUMs for private business, community colleges and The Minnesota Transportation Center as well as assisted the Ohio State University with the Minnesota Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training for the state Law Enforcement curriculum.

For more information about how DACUM training can assist businesses and organization, contact Wanda Staska at 507-433-0615 or wanda.staska@riverland.edu.

Riverland Training and Development Improves the Performance of People, Teams and Organziations

Matt Bissonette

Matt Bissonette
Dean of Academic Affairs – Workforce Development

Riverland Training and Development strengthens business, industry and public safety organizations through consultation, program development and customized training solutions. This rapid-response division works directly with employers and employees to develop and reinforce the existing workforce. Annually, we work with more than 450 companies and organizations across our region and online, serving more than 5,700 workers.

A region’s economic vitality is directly tied to the availability of a skilled workforce. Riverland is part of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU), which plays an essential role in developing workforce through training for transitional, entrepreneurial and incumbent workers. Within MnSCU, the name for this unit is Continuing Education/Customized Training. Our College’s name for the unit is Riverland Training and Development.

Riverland Training and Development is comprised of representatives who specialize in a number of industry sectors. These Representatives collaborate with nearly 40 faculty and trainers in the areas of business and management development, healthcare, fire and emergency medical services, computer technology, industrial safety, simulation, transportation, trade and industry, professional continuing education and community enrichment. Solutions often focus on efficient training on-site or at a College campus, according to the company’s schedule; continuing education units for employee professional development; skills competency and certification training; credit- or non-credit-based programming.

Because Riverland Training and Development division is designed to be agile enough to respond quickly to market needs, business solutions can be developed for any type of industry. Extensive partnerships with nonprofit and government organizations, as well as other higher education entities, add to our ability to respond creatively and effectively.

Riverland Training and Development is committed to bringing value directly to our communities by helping employers stay competitive and workers advance their skills and manage career changes. Contact any of our Business Consultants for more information about how Riverland Training and Development can serve your needs.

October’s Lunch & Learn focuses on Supply Chain Management

Riverland Community College’s Training and Development Team in collaboration with Cardinal Stritch University, successfully launched the Owatonna Lunch & Learn series on Wednesday, September 18.

Dr. Atewologun, President of Riverland Community College, welcomed participants, and Matt Bissonette, Dean Workforce Education and Director of Training and Development, spoke about how a VUCA World can be managed through lifelong learning. See the article featured in the Owatonna People Press.

The next Owatonna Lunch & Learn event is Wednesday, October 23, at Riverland Community College’s Owatonna Campus. This month’s topic, Supply Chain Management, is presented by Toro’s Corporate Continuous Improvement Manager Nadim Zoberi.

Supply Chain Management is the achievement of a sustainable competitive position to maximize stakeholder value by optimizing the relationship of process, information and physical goods between trading partners. Zoberi’s presentation will focus on:

  • Definition of Supply Chain
  • Traditional vs. Synchronized Supply Chain
  • Lean and its impact on Supply Chain
  • Case Study of Lean Supply Chain
  • Results

A lite lunch will be served with paid reservations. Advanced registration is preferred. Faculty and students are encouraged to attend, as well. Please contact Ferne Sofio, directly, if interested in attending the event.

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The November 27 Lunch & Learn topic, The Entrepreneur Eco System, will be presented by Doug Johnson from the Owatonna Business Incubator. There will be a break in December, with the series resuming in 2014. Future topics are being planned based on participant feedback.

Lunch & Learns leverage the synergy generated when academics, business and industry, manufacturing, and entrepreneurship are combined, to create continuous learning opportunities for front-line workers up to c-level decision makers.

A collaborative approach between Riverland Community College and Cardinal Stritch University provides robust learning opportunities for residents in Owatonna and surrounding communities. Together, the two institutions address a specific skills gap and award certificates and Associate’s, Bachelor’s, and Master’s Degrees.

For more information, please contact Ferne Sofio at 507.431.2226 or ferne.sofio@riverland.edu.

Owatonna Lunch & Learn series to launch September 18

Ferne Sofio

Ferne Sofio

Riverland Community College and Riverland Training and Development, in collaboration with Cardinal Stritch University and Owatonna business community members, will launch the Owatonna Lunch & Learn series on Wednesday, September 18. Lunch & Learns are a series of monthly learning sessions, centered around relevant topics, to help local companies, organizations, and the workforce develop and grow.

Lunch & Learns will leverage the synergy generated when academics, business and industry, manufacturing, and entrepreneurship are combined, to create continuous learning opportunities for front-line workers up to c-level decision makers.

“The Owatonna community is vibrant and has a long tradition of providing support and services for long-term economic vitality and sustainability,” said Ferne Sofio, Riverland Training and Development Team member. ”The Lunch & Learn sessions will feature key business leaders who will share their experience and expertise.”

Topics for the first three sessions were selected based on feedback from business and community members. September’s event, entitled Lifelong Learning and Vocational Education, features Riverland Community College President, Dr. Adenuga Atewologun and Riverland Dean of Academic Affairs – Workforce Education, Matt Bissonette. This session will identify avenues of formal and informal learning and their strategic value. A number of opportunities that are available in the community will also be discussed to help participants continue their journey of lifelong learning.

Owatonna Lunch and Learns are held the fourth Wednesday each month of the 2013 – 2014 academic year (with the exception of Wednesday, September 18, 2013), from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM at the Riverland Community College Owatonna Campus, 965 Alexander Drive SW, Owatonna.

A lite lunch will be served with paid reservations. Advanced registration is preferred. Faculty and students are encouraged to attend as well. Please email Ferne Sofio directly, if interested in having a class attend an event.

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Future events include an October session on Supply Chain Management presented by Toro’s Corporate Continuous Improvement Manager. The November event, The Entrepreneur Eco System, is presented by Doug Johnson from the Owatonna Business Incubator.

A collaborative approach between Riverland Community College and Cardinal Stritch University provides robust learning opportunities for residents in Owatonna and surrounding communities.  Together, the two institutions address a specific skills gap and award certificates and Associate’s, Bachelor’s, and Master’s Degrees.

“Today’s students are tomorrow’s leaders,” said Arif Altaf, Assistant Professor at Cardinal Stritch University. ”They will be the decision makers of our economy and our country.”

For more information, please contact Ferne Sofio at 507.431.2226 or ferne.sofio@riverland.edu.

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Meet the Training and Development Administrative Support Team

The Riverland Training and Development Administrative Support Team processes registration, prepares contracts and internal requisitions, pays venders according to contractual agreements, and assists Program Managers with the training and development delivery processes. We are fortunate to have these knowledgeable, experienced team members.

Kathy Buker

Kathy Buker

Kathy Buker
Kathy Buker has worked at Riverland Community College    since September 2004. She has 20 years of prior experience  with the Austin Workforce Center & Rehabilitation Services. In Riverland Training and Development, she supports Vicki Lunning with the Supervisory Management Program & Roberta Czaplewski with the Community Leadership Programs. Kathy has been active with many boards and committees including: City of Albert Lea Sesquicentennial Committee, Riverland Growing Together Fundraising Breakfast, MN Rehab Association, Elks Lodge, Moose Lodge. She is a graduate of Austin High School.

Beth Hackenmiller

Beth Hackenmiller

Beth Hackenmiller
Beth Hackenmiller began working at Riverland Community College in 1986. She worked in Academic Affairs as a secretary for faculty and in the Farm Business Management Program. For 11 years, she has been with the Riverland Training and Development Team. She supports John Drees and Peggy Young. Beth is also a volunteer for the Elks Lodge and enjoys cooking and spending time outdoors in her free time. She is a graduate of St. Ansgar Senior High in Iowa.

Annette Huffman

Annette Huffman

Annette Huffman
Annette Huffman has been with Riverland Community College since July 1999. She joined the Riverland Tranining and Development Team in December 2012 and supports Brian Staska, Wanda Staska, and Amy Wangen with their programs. Annette graduated from Pacelli High School, in Austin Minnesota, and from Riverland Community College with the following degrees: Associate in Arts Degree, Legal Administrative Assistant Degree, Legal Receptionist Diploma, and Legal Secretary Diploma.