RFP: Michigan Works! Seeking Training Vendors

RFP:  Michigan Works! Seeking Training Vendors

Michigan Works! is seeking “proposals from qualified training providers who have the capacity to develop and deliver both web-based and classroom training workshops.  These workshops must be designed to support the skills and knowledge of workforce development professionals and be relevant to federal and state workforce development program services.”

RFP Closing Date November 14, 2014.

– From the Michigan Works! web site. (8-1-14)

PluralSight Expands Software Training for $45M

PluralSight Buys Digital-Tutors For $45 Million to Add Media Software Training

PluralSight took a major step this week, buying Digital-Tutors for approximately $45 million.  The purchase adds over 1,500 courses to its existing catalog of software training programs.

– From TechCrunch.Com (4-9-2014)

Blackboard in Trouble at Liberty

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UPDATE:  For the third time in as many weeks, Liberty University has experienced major problems with it’s Blackboard online learning environment.  Using the same e-mail language, the Provost’s office notified students and faculty of further extension of deadlines.  The extension e-mail was followed at 3 AM with additional reassurance that the University understood the significance of the problem and were taking immediate action.  Additional information distributed this afternoon (2-10-2014) details the following changes:

  • Rewriting “thousands” of lines of code;
  • Implemented a new CAS login page;
  • Increased server capacity; and
  • Increased bandwidth

ORIGINAL POST (2/3/2014):   For the second time in eight days, the world’s largest Christian university is apologizing for issues with the Blackboard online learning environment.

“Liberty University’s Blackboard environment has been experiencing slow response times an/or outage for an extended period of time,” read an e-mail sent to faculty and students at just after 2 A.M Eastern time this morning.  “We apologize if these disruptions in service have impacted your student experience and personal learning schedules.”

The majority of Liberty University’s online learning classes use a set calendar week for all courses, with assignments due at 11:59 PM each Monday evening.  On January 27th, issues with core systems including central authentication resulted in similar problems. Most students and faculty could not access access the system. Based on those issues, academic leadership was forced to extend academic deadlines by 24 hours.  The same extension was granted to students this week.  The issues have proven frustrating for students and faculty members alike, many of whom are adult learners balancing family, work, and school.

Liberty’s web site promotes an online enrollment of over 90,000 students.   The issues with Blackboard follow an upgrade of technologies prior to the spring semester. The Blackboard environment is used by over 2,700 colleges and universities across North America.

— Posted 2/4/2014

Training on a Holodeck

Full Article:  A Holodeck for All Your Training Needs

Northrop Grumman has created a Virtual Immersive Portable Environment (VIPE) Holodeck. The system is comprised of relatively inexpensive portable components that can provide an immersive training environment for one or two military operators.  The system may prove useful for training a variety of other professionals.

From the Engineering.Com web site (1-29-2014)

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FL: Summer 2014 Employability Skills RFP

Full Article:  Summer 2014 Employability Skills Training RFP

Broward County, Florida’s WorkForce1 Program is seeking proposals for the provision of youth employability skills training, staff training and worksite supervisor training related to the summer work experience program funded by the Children’s Services Council of Broward County.  The RFP closes March 4, 2014.

– From the WorkForce1 web site (1-31-2014)

MO: Additional $4.5M for Worker Training

Full Article:  Gov. Nixon proposes additional $4.5M worker training

Governor Nixon is proposing $4.5 million in additional funds the Missouri works training program in the fiscal year beginning July 1.  The program supported over 300 companies and 35,000 people in the past year.

Missouri Works Program Web Site

– From the HeartlandConnection.Com web site (1-19-2014)

Iowa Sheriff’s Office TASER Training at Issue

Full Article:  Jailer who tased mentally disabled woman had missed training

Article discussing the investigation into a jailer’s training after the officer used a TASER on a mentally disabled inmate.  Interesting because of the Chief Jailer’s comments about training policy.  According to the article, Captain Dean Nalor suggests that the training was simply missed and that the policy requiring training should be changed so that the reporter couldn’t raise the training as an issue.

— From the Des Moines, IA Register web site (1-8-2014)

PA Meat Processor Sees Results from Supervisory Training

Full Article:  Training produces meaty benefits for local firm, front-line supervisors

Philadelphia, PA deli meat processing form collaborated with Penn State’s Continuing Education – Workforce Solutions team to create a basic supervisory program for ten supervisors.  The article discusses the challenges of training a production-oriented, multilingual company and the post-training impact.

— From Penn State News (1-6-2014)

What is Good eLearning Anyway?

Blog Entry:  Nuts and Bolts:  What is “Good” eLearning, Anyway?

Dr. Jane Bozarth, elearning coordinator for the North Carolina Office of State Personnel, explores the topic of elearning snobbery.  The blog is a great companion to the article Are Narrated PowerPoint Presentations really Online Learning?

— From Learning Solutions magazine (3-2013) via LinkedIn Group (12-2013)

Safety Training Firm JJ Keller Leadership Changes

Full Article:  JJ Keller Leadership Changes

Marne Keller-Krikava has been promoted from executive vice president to president and chief executive officer.  She is the first female president of the company.  Rustin Keller will assume the roles of executive vice president and chief operating officer.

They represent the third generation of Kellers to lead the firm, which provides safety and risk management products and services.

— From the Appleton, WI PostCrescent web site (12-26-2013)

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