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  • Cooking Up a Healthy 4-H Program (Fall 2011)

    Volunteers are important to the success of our 4-H program. Learn how to incorporate more of the Essential Elements into your 4-H program recipe.
  • My Hands to Larger Service (Spring 2011)

    Volunteers are important to the success of our 4-H program. We are delighted you are here to learn new techniques and skills to foster community service learning in your clubs.
  • 4-H Parent Involvement Training (Fall 2009)

    In this training volunteers will gain an understanding of the types of family involvement, what motivates families to become involved, challenges to family involvement, best practices for family involvement, and how to support diversity in 4-H programs.

  • 4-H Club Vibrancy Training 2 (Spring 2009)

    In this training volunteers will learn some best practices for creating vibrant clubs. You will also learn some nifty decision making tools you can use at any meeting you are leading whether with work, school, your 4-H club or another group you need to make decisions.

  • 4-H Club Vibrancy Training (Fall 2008)

    In this training volunteers will learn some best practices for creating vibrant clubs. You will also learn some nifty decision making tools you can use at any meeting you are leading whether with work, school, your 4-H club or another group you need to make decisions.

  • 4-H Club Volunteer Training (Spring 2008): Enhancing Youth Leadership Module helps volunteers become acquainted with Step Up to Leadership 4-H Project resources, while identifying members leadership skills and building upon those skills or talents. Volunteers learn ways in which they as a caring adult can encourage and guide youth to take advantage of the many leadership roles available to them through 4-H. This training also includes a risk management component on Internet Safety for youth.

  • 4-H Club Volunteer Training  (Fall 2007)

    At this training, our emphasis is on the volunteer and their personal leadership skills. Through viewing videos and doing activities, you will enhance your relationship building skills, understand different types of leadership and their importance in different situations, as well as assess your own leadership skills. This training also includes the Step Up to Leadership Project Materials and a risk management component which incorporates the 4-H First Aid in Action Project materials.

  • Grow 4-H: Building Partnerships to Benefit Youth (Spring 2012)

    This training is designed to help step you through the process of developing partnerships that will grow 4-H clubs. This toolkit and training will take you through basic information about understanding the process, researching potential partners, planning and convening meetings, assessing the viability, training and managing the partnership, securing resources and evaluating the partnership.

    Copyright 2008 Regents of Iowa State University and Regents of Minnesota. All rights reserved. Equal opportunity educator and employer.

  • Grow 4-H: Building Partnerships to Benefit Youth (Fall 2012)

    This training is designed to help step you through the process of developing partnerships that will grow 4-H clubs. This toolkit and training will take you through basic information about understanding the process, researching potential partners, planning and convening meetings, assessing the viability, training and managing the partnership, securing resources and evaluating the partnership.

    Copyright 2008 Regents of Iowa State University and Regents of Minnesota. All rights reserved. Equal opportunity educator and employer.

  • 4-H Risk Management for Volunteers (2012 Update)

    In this training you will learn more about creating safe environments while having fun with your 4-H groups.

  • 4-H Experiential Learning for Volunteers (Spring 2013)

    In this training you will learn about the Experiential Learning Model and the importance of including reflection and application in hands on learning.
  • Grow 4-H: Building Partnerships to Benefit Youth (Winter 2014)

    This training is designed to help step you through the process of developing partnerships that will grow 4-H clubs. This toolkit and training will take you through basic information about understanding the process, researching potential partners, planning and convening meetings, assessing the viability, training and managing the partnership, securing resources and evaluating the partnership.

    Copyright 2008 Regents of Iowa State University and Regents of Minnesota. All rights reserved. Equal opportunity educator and employer.

  • Volunteers can be your organization’s greatest asset as they significantly increase your capacity to serve the community. In this session, you will explore ways to provide meaningful service opportunities for volunteers; recruit volunteers with diverse skills and interests; and celebrate volunteers’ service. Learn to understand your volunteers so that you can support them in service roles where they will be successful and bring about real change in the community.

  • When disaster strikes a community, volunteers are essential in helping to rebuild lives and rebuild communities. It is important that volunteers are given meaningful and constructive opportunities to serve, while not overwhelming the affected community during the response and recovery. National service members can be a vital part of this volunteer effort by staffing volunteer reception centers (VRCs) after an incident. VRCs match volunteers unaffiliated with disaster agencies to opportunities at organizations already involved in the response or recovery. This training will help national service participants understand the function of a VRC and how to manage spontaneous volunteers in times of disaster.
  • This module will lead you through a training on strengthening your organization, your community, and your projects. This training is designed to promote the idea that foundations and communities alike are interested in projects that serve to improve communities and strengthen community-based organizations.
  • What’s Next: Life After Your Service Year is an interactive tutorial from the T/TA provider for AmeriCorps recruitment and development leads members through activities and resources that clarify thinking about going to college, starting a career, and continuing to serve. By reflecting on their post-AmeriCorps or VISTA plans, members focus on the meaning of their service.
  • This training will lead you through utlizing effective Conflict Resolution techniques. Conflict between individuals just seems to be a fact of life. When conflict is handled and resolved effectively, it is possible that it can lead to personal and professional growth.
  • This training will lead you through the new member orientation for the Iowa AmeriCorps 4H Outreach Program.
  • This class offers an overview of crime scene preservation for the professional search and rescue volunteer:
    • Scene preservation,
    • types of evidence,
    • chain of custody,
    • proper procedures to follow,
    • training logs and post search incident reports are covered.
  • Learn the basics that any volunteer canine search and rescue handler needs to know before becoming involved in this demanding but rewarding opportuntity. You will learn about the field in general, what your responsiblities are as a canine handler, what to look for in a team and what types of search dogs are used.

  • This course introduces you to the fundamentals of air movement, probability of detection, different types of search strategies and will walk through a step by step process for thinking about how to develop a search strategy.

  • This course is designed for first responders and canine handlers who have the potential to be exposed to human blood or other materials potentially infected with bloodborne pathogens (human cell lines, human tissues, other human body fluids) and use or encounter sharps while performing their assigned job duties. This course is mandated by OSHA’s Bloodborne Pathogens Standard including the Needlestick Safety and Prevention Law (29 CFR 1910.1030).


  • Participants will build awareness about pesticide safety and satisfy certification requirements to train agricultural workers under their supervision or employment.

  • Whether you are just starting out, dealing with debt, want to increase your savings, or would like to understand your spending habits better, this course can help you can take control of your money.
  • "Smart Investing - Making It Last" (Retiring/Retirees) investment education

  • "Smart Investing - Building Up: fine tuning your portfolio and planning for retirement" investment education


  • "Smart Investing - Starting Out: establishing a smart investment plan and saving for the future" investment education


  • This online course will help you decide if now is a good time to buy a home, prepare for the home-buying process and shop for a mortgage that works for you.

  • Lessons 1 and 2 are the introductory/overview lessons for the rest of the lessons.

    Lesson 1 is an overview of why we preserve food and the various food preservation methods currently being used.

    Lesson 2 is an overview on how to can foods safely for the best product possible.


  • Lesson 3 is an overview on how to safely can acid foods for the best product possible.

  • Lesson 4 provides guidelines on pressure canning necessary to can low-acid foods. 

  • Lesson 5 focuses on the preparation and canning methods of pickled and fermented foods.

     

  • Lesson 6 covers the information necessary to help increase your success with canning fruit spreads.

     


  • Lesson 7 discusses freezing and refrigerating food.

  • Lesson 8 focuses on drying foods as a method of food preservation.

     

  • Iowa State University - Smithfield Advanced Meat and Poultry Black Belt Training Program.ISU/Smithfield Black Belt course logo
    Please login. If you have problems with your username or password, call 515-294-8658 and identify yourself as a student in the ISU/Smithfield Foods Black Belt Training Program.


  • Iowa State University - Smithfield Advanced Meat and Poultry Black Belt Training Program.Black Belt Program logo
    Please login. If you have problems with your username or password, call 515-294-8658 and identify yourself as a student in the ISU/Smithfield Foods Black Belt Training Program.

  • This training is intended to provide professional development opportunities for employees of Maternal and Child Health agencies. They are introductory in nature. Additional training specific to your work environment and work practices will be necessary to develop a comprehensive understanding of the program you work under.
  • Relationship education for professionals who provide pre-marital and other couple counseling services.

  • This training introduces the "New Staff Orientation" program to child care center directors and trains them to deliver the curriculum on-site with center staff.

  • These trainings are intended to provide professional development opportunities for those working with children and families in Early ACCESS. They are introductory in nature. Additional training specific to your work environment and work practices will be necessary to develop a comprehensive understanding of the program you work under.
  • These training modules are intended for staff of Child Health Agencies that receive funds for 1st Five. It is recommended that 1st Five Program Coordinators review the courses on this site.
  • The purpose of this course is to introduce you to The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study. The ACE Study was designed to examine the starting point of many of our nation’s leading health and social problems. As a result of participating in this training, we hope that you will begin to connect this information to your own work in the community and to see the world around you through an ACE lens. The course will also examine the history of child abuse and neglect in this country, as well as explore an exciting new direction: the prevention of child abuse and neglect as a community initiative.
  • A testing site for Moodle works.
  • This is a site designed specifically for a breakout session during the 2014 Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Annual Conference.

  • Please view this video for details on how to use this on-line tool web site. We hope that this on-line resource will both give you a head start on the Boot Camp and give us an idea of your Internet marketing strategy base knowledge.

    If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Paul Gormley @ gormley@iastate.edu or 319.721.5357.

  • The National Sheep Symposium brought sheep production experts from across the United States to the Clay County Fairgrounds in Spencer, Iowa on July 27 and 28, 2012. The symposium, was titled “Using Technology to Attack the Let’s Grow with twoPLUS Initiative," joined with the initiative’s campaign to encourage current producers to expand their sheep numbers by 2014.
  • Introduction to Biodiesel course for those in the biodiesel industry.

  • Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Annual Conference 2013

    Learn about best practices and innovative uses of technology that apply to the Extension and Outreach program development process and communications. In addition to learning about these applications, participants will deepen their knowledge of the research base and programs related to Extension and Outreach signature issues.


  • Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Annual Conference 2014

    To promote an organizational culture committed to excellence and responsive to change.

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    Budgeting in public sector organizations occurs in a very public environment which is sometimes plagued by political overtones and myopic thinking. Simply said, the budget process, is the planned acquisition and allocation of an organization’s financial, human and capital resources. The fact that these resources are limited is a major challenge to those policy makers and managers who work to allocate them optimally. Striking a balance between the effective and efficient delivery of responsive services and the long term development and preservation of the organization’s economic base is indeed a difficult task. Add to that the influence of societal values and political powers, and the road to a final course of action can be very rough, with many potholes along the way.

    Objectives: At the completion of this module participants will be able to:

    • Understand the types of budgets and their relationship
    • List the stages of a budget cycle and activities involved
    • Discuss techniques associated with forecasting budget amounts
    • Identify the purpose of a purchasing management system
    • Discuss concepts and terms  associated with inventory and asset management
    • Understand the advantages and disadvantages of purchasing through contracts of other agencies

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    The substance of management is working with people. The skills covered in this section are the responsibilities of a manager. Having the skills necessary to plan, organize, staff, direct, coordinate and report on the activities of a public works department, which will be discussed here, does not assure that one can motivate and get the most from your employees. Those human interaction skills that can make a good manager great are covered in the Team Development module.

    Objectives: At the completion of this module participants will be able to:

    • Understand basic management skills
    • Discern the difference between city, county and state level organizational structures
    • Create action plans for their agency
    • Recognize the different roles of line and staff managers
    • Keep records that are useful, up-to-date and readily available
    • Apply time management techniques to their own busy schedules

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    This course examines the need for and the practice of community service and customer orientation through the use of employee skills. These skills are acquired and best taught by the examples shown by an organization’s leaders. The decisions and processes that are used to define your agencies’ customers not only define what group(s) are included, but they also often emphasize the strategies that may be used to allow better communications with that group.

    Objectives: Upon completion of this module, participants will be able to:

    • Understand management’s role in the customer service arena.
    • Identify different customers.
    • List the six steps of communication with different customers.
    • Analyze current operations to identify staff training needs.
    • Understand management’s role in the public relations arena.
    • Understand the role of public relations in changing or molding public perceptions.
    • Develop some basic techniques for dealing with the media.




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    This course is designed for supervisors, lead workers or others who find themselves involved in the management process - and perhaps concerned that they should be better prepared to do this job. It is not for middle or upper level managers or administrators who may be more concerned with the total organization or achieving organizational goals.

    Objectives: Upon completion of this module, participants will be able to:

    • Define the role of supervisor by identifying the required skill set for success.
    • Develop a system for hiring and training new employees to maximize work efficiency.
    • Identify ways to manage stress by eliminating obstacles and managing time.
    • Discuss different options for dealing with conflict to select correct styles for managing situations.
    • Understand what is meant by an organization’s culture and discuss how it impacts completion of daily tasks.
    • Develop a strategy to manage labor relationships.
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    This course examines the organization, operation, and interaction of branches of government at the federal, state, and local levels. The legislative process in each results in laws, regulations, policies and guidelines that may greatly affect local public works operations. The judicial and executive branches independently provide the system of checks and balances that are the foundation of our government system. Understanding those processes which are involved at all three levels is the first step for individuals to positively impact the final laws and regulations and to assure that they are the best for society as possible. Knowing and building personal relationships with legislators along with making your willingness to share your knowledge with others during the subcommittee/committee portion of the law making process can help direct final results into a meaningful and useful law.

    Objectives: Upon completion of this module, participants will be able to:

    • Understand the concept of government relations
    • Understand their role in the legislative and regulatory process
    • Identify that adequate funding and resources for public works is dependent on these processes
    • Understand how federal, state, and local governments work together to provide public works services
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    This course illustrates the substance of management is working with people.By using the people resources and by treating people with respect, understanding their needs and involving them in the decision making process we will maximize the potential of our operations.

    Objectives: Upon completion of this module, participants will be able to:

    • Apply the selection process
    • Develop a training program
    • Understand labor management contracts and working relationships
    • Identify problem employees and select a course of action
    • Recognize effective delegation techniques and the value of employee empowerment

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    This course explores the concepts of creating a vision for the future and the ability to communicate that vision to others.

    This would include:

    • Exploring and Discussing the Elements of Leadership
    • Ethics
    • Organizational Self-Assessment
    • Defining Excellence
    • Team Development

    Objectives: Upon completion of this module, participants will be able to:

    • Involve the elements of leadership successfully
    • Understand the role of leadership and how it relates to a successful manager
    • Recognize the importance and impacts of ethics as a leader and manager
    • Identify individual leadership styles including the strengths and weaknesses of each
    • Apply team development concepts for more successful team interactions
    • Discuss the processes of self-assessment and defining excellence
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    This course delves into the concepts and practices that one needs to utilize when managing his/her agencies’ resources, namely:

    • Strategic Planning,
    • Creative Decision Making,
    • Budgeting, Purchasing & Contracting,
    • Consultant Management,
    • Project Administration, and
    • “Making it Work” (combining these) for your particular circumstances.

    Objectives: Upon completion of this module, participants will be able to:

    • Recognize the need for planning,
    • Develop a strategic plan,
    • Set goals and look at alternatives,
    • Create and modify practices,
    • Involve employees and
    • Better understand budgeting and contracting concepts.
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    This course takes a comprehensive look at effective communication strategies. It includes an overview of public relations and various types of communication, as well as presentation skills, and conducting effective meetings.

    Objectives: Upon completion of this module, participants will be able to:

    • Develop a strategy to improve your agencies public image
    • Compose a variety of business letters and understand when to use each
    • Understand the difference between report writing and other business writing
    • Identify and develop a presentation using a structured template to efficiently focus ideas
    • Discuss the steps required to manage an effective meeting
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    Public Works leadership requires competencies in many areas including engineering, public finance, human resource management, and increasingly, knowledge of the law.  By its nature, public works fundamentally involves decision-making impacting employee safety and health, protecting the environment, and stewardship of public resources.  While a comprehensive understanding of the law in any of these areas is impractical for public works leaders, a working understanding of issues surrounding local, state, and federal regulations is critical to avoid legal liabilities and to promote successful operations.

    Objectives: Upon completion of this module, participants will be able to:

    • Be more cognizant and effective his/her administration of labor agreements.
    • Identify the correlation between daily operation of public works and the legal/regulatory framework.
    • Identify issues where proactive legal advice is good risk management.
    • Understand the protections afforded to “whistle blowers”


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     This course examines most aspects of the operational and maintenance tasks of local transportation departments and the typical interactions of each, both with the public and often with one another.  Traffic management and control, maintenance of roadways and streets, gravel, culverts and snow and ice control and removal are among the topics that are covered.  Work zone safety, water and waste water treatment, park and cemetery operations and the tasks of controlling storm water runoff and the management of an agencies facilities and structures round out this course overview.   By learning some the management issues and solutions in these various areas involved in public works, you, as a new manager, will better be able to handle situations with the public and your employees as they arise.  Let’s begin.

    Objectives: Upon completion of this module, participants will be able to:

    • Understand common public works vocabulary.
    • Explain basic management elements of public works operations. 
    • Understand the scope of public works activities.
    • Identify major federal regulations and guidelines affectingvarious components of public works.


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    Objectives: Upon completion of this module, participants will be able to:

    • Identify key points in your department's emergency plan.
    • Understand the importance of municipal and area wide plans
    • Exercise good judgment involving your participation in training exercises
    • Understand the planning, training and fincancial assistance that is available from Homeland SEcurity & FEMA.
    • Gain insight from other agencies experiences with floods, windstorms & snow and ice disasters.

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    This course provides an excellent form of instruction for the beginning project manager with training on the identifiable fundamentals of planning, developing and managing a construction project. Emphasis on the process is provided by the examination of an actual bridge project example that utilized most every conceivable step possible. A thorough review of construction inspection fundamentals and the tools needed to effectively perform those duties is provided. Preparation for a clean project close out at audit time begins at the time of letting with the clear and concise plans, notes and specifications. Using proper forms and methods for item note keeping, a diary, and specific quantities from the start of and throughout a project can insure a successful audit (and full reimbursement) at completion.

    Actual case studies of two major projects (a multi-year highway/bridge construction and a complete street reversion) involved all these principles but also included many difficult (and trying) challenges. The circumstances provided by these examples provide both enlightenment and education to even those experienced inspectors and project managers, while again emphasizing the importance of the basics discussed earlier.

    Utilization of an asset management system by a city is described and explained as a management tool used to differentiate the need for management of both maintenance and construction work. Using this type of planning/management tool allows an agency to be able to conduct the most efficient and effective combinations to meet an their budget and/or condition goals.


    Objectives: Upon completion of this module, participants will be able to:

    • Identify key components of managing parts of (or all) of projects
    • Know where to find forms and get assistance for accurate records
    • Recognize that challenges are inevitable and must be taken care of and recorded as provided in the specifications, using the engineer’s judgment.
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    This course identifies several components needed for effective planning for and management of snow and ice events by typical local and state agencies. Often deemed most critical to the process, the making (or obtaining) of both long and short term forecasts that are as accurate as possible is necessary for a planning platform on which to build. The factors involved in those predictions by the Iowa Department of Transportation, (DOT) staff will be explained to provide some of the tools that agencies might use to “fine tune” public broadcast information for their particular geographic areas. In addition, a review is included of DOT forecasts (that are currently provided to everyone by specific regions) may be found and how to use them.

    Policy and planning decisions made by public agencies affect not only their needed resources to accomplish the goals they set, but also can strongly affect that agency’s finances, especially in times of extreme weather events or seasons. Likewise, an agency’s use of chemicals and abrasives can be looked at from several vantage points; these policies and procedures must be combined with snow and ice fighting techniques to produce a final result which is both environmentally and economically sound and is also socially acceptable. Typical plans of a city, county and the DOT will be reviewed to provide an overview of the many combinations that are available. Obviously, we are not in a static system, neither in terms of our weather patterns nor the equipment we use to battle Mother Nature and keep our roads and streets safe. An update of many new types of equipment will be presented and areas of ongoing research and trials will be reviewed on a national perspective.


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