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Hiring for Success: Interview Techniques Online Course
Build the skills that great interviewers have to evaluate and measure applicants’ success in the job. Finding the right employee for your organization does not happen overnight. The recruitment and selection process is a lengthy one. As a manager, you need to make sure your questioning and interviewing skills are up to the task.
Take our Hiring for Success: Interviewing Techniques e-course and learn more!
This online course takes approximately 45 minutes to complete.
Developing a Zero-Based Budget Online Course
Creating budgets that are clear and meaningful is one of the most effective ways to increase agency funding for park, recreation and open space services. As a public sector employee responsible for the ethical stewardship of tax-payer dollars, setting and tracking a fiscally responsible budget is a fundamental supervisory skill. This course covers the basics of budgeting for those that have limited experience in developing and managing operations budgets.
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This online course takes approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes to complete.
Appreciative Inquiry Online Course
Learn how to manage effective growth within your organization. Sometimes, it seems like all the news around us is bad news. Appreciative inquiry (sometimes known as AI) challenges this mindset, focusing on the good that is happening in our lives and organizations. AI is a method for implementing change that is rooted in being positive, sharing stories of things that work well, and leveraging people’s strengths and the power of co-creation to initiate lasting, powerful changes that can make an organization the best it has ever been, because of people who care and are committed. This course will provide you with an introduction to appreciative inquiry.
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This online course takes approximately 30 minutes to complete.
Conflict Resolution in the Workplace Online Course
In this course, you will learn how to turn difficult situations into opportunities for growth. While this course is aimed at supervisors who interact with difficult employees, the information and activities can be helpful for dealing with difficult people in other situations as well.
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This online course takes approximately 30 minutes to complete.
Increasing Access to Programs and Facilities
The demand for accessible parks, programs, and facilities is increasing across the nation and often agencies and park and recreation personnel do their best to plan for these needs with limited knowledge. Online learning has become a more common method to help agencies and personnel improve their expertise in many areas, and Eppley’s online classes in Foundations of Accessibility Certificate Program are designed to meet the goal of giving agencies and personnel the tools they need to improve accessibility without the costs and loss of time that classroom courses require. The certificate is one of the most popular sets of courses on Eppley’s ProValens Learning system.
Yet another accessibility training designed by the experts at the National Center on Accessibility at the Eppley Institute in 2019 is the classroom courses for the National Park Service. Due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, the course had to be converted to an online learning experience. In April and May of 2020, the online Introduction to Accessibility Management course was taught. The intense schedule of webinars, e-courses, online presentations, discussions, and activities culminated with the graduation of 13 NPS employees from across the country. The students heard directly from people with disabilities about recreational experiences in parks and learned about accessibility from an “entry-to-exit” perspective. In addition to learning about the laws and standards that undergird accessible design, students explored accessibility as a spectrum of opportunities for providing equitable experiences to all park visitors.
Whether river rafting in New River Gorge or walking through a local park, people with disabilities have the right to connect to the resources our parks protect and enjoy the opportunities they provide. As parks and recreation agencies, we have an obligation to welcome visitors of all abilities to our places and programs. NCA-Eppley supports agencies and organizations of all sizes in becoming inclusive and equitable spaces for both staff and visitors. For more information on NCA’s training, site assessments, and technical assistance program visit https://ncaonline.org/.
Eppley Institute’s Accessibility Assistance Program Grows
Several New Projects Stand Out as Unique
Farm Sanctuary, the United States’ first shelter for farmed animals, partnered with the Eppley Institute’s National Center on Accessibility (NCA) in early 2020 with the goal to further their work in the areas of equity and inclusion for visitors with disabilities. Eppley-NCA staff have facilitated multiple meetings with Farm Sanctuary staff to develop a working draft of an inclusion and accessibility statement, intended to welcome individuals with disabilities and their companions to their various sanctuary locations. The accessibility evaluation team plans to conduct an on-site evaluation of the Watkins Glen, NY, sanctuary location in mid-May, 2021.
Thomas Edison National Historical Park
The Eppley Institute entered into an agreement with Thomas Edison National Historical Park to conduct an accessibility evaluation of the park’s facilities and programs for compliance with federal accessibility legislation. Eppley created an NCA project team to facilitate training and assessment with a representative of staff from multiple divisions within the park, to discuss creative solutions for access to the spaces and programs at Glenmont, Thomas, and Mina Edison’s home and estate. The on-site evaluation was conducted in compliance with all prevailing health and safety practices in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the evaluation data and suggestions for barrier removal are currently undergoing a collaborative review process with park staff. Maintaining regular communications with the park has been critical to the progression of the project. The final report of findings and recommendations for accessibility improvements is anticipated in early Fall, 2021.
Acadia National Park
The Eppley Institute also entered into an agreement with the Friends of Acadia to conduct an accessibility assessment for targeted areas in Acadia National Park. In general, the project will include a detailed assessment of identified areas within the park for compliance with federal accessibility legislation and design standards. The assessment will include on-site evaluation and data collection including identification of deficiencies and barriers. The assessment will involve consultation with park personnel to review barriers and deficiencies in the identified areas and review possible solutions for barrier removal. Eppley’s NCA will engage with key park personnel in an interactive review process to ensure all findings and recommended solutions are fully understood and properly documented. A detailed report of findings and recommendations will be provided to Acadia National Park to assist with the coordination and scheduling of future projects to address accessibility needs at Acadia.
Improving the Safe Experience of Children in Playgrounds
Over 220,000 children are injured annually in serious accidents in the U.S. Public land agencies and organizations often do not recognize that the single most important method to reducing those injuries is better maintenance by the workers who are at the parks daily. The Playground Maintenance Technician training program (PMT) is an award-winning safety training that empowers workers to make easy and important decisions that improve safety for children every day. PMT is available online at provalens.com or an agency or organization can arrange for a classroom course to be taught at their location as the PMT is resuming in-person training. Interested partners can reach out to the program coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss training logistics. The online version of the training will continue to be offered. Click here to register today!
Matt Borden Joins the Eppley Team
Matt is a Colorado native, that was raised in San Diego and grew up across the Ohio River from Louisville, KY. His love and appreciation of the outdoors were instilled in him by his grandfather who was the Colorado State Forest Service Director for 25 years.
As the Technology Manager for the Eppley Institute he leads the technology team in the development, implementation, operations, security, and maintenance of IT systems, specific to Eppley including learning systems, and software applications.
Matt has a Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design from Indiana University Southeast and a graduate certificate in Information Security from Purdue University. His diverse career has spanned both the private and public sectors working alongside partners in Fortune 500 companies to local non-profits.
What is your favorite national park? “That’s a tough one to answer. I struggled to find an answer and almost picked Rocky Mountain or Joshua Tree. Both bring back great memories, especially watching the sunrise in Joshua Tree. Honestly, my favorite outdoor place to be is trout fishing where Beaver Creek and the South Fork Cache La Poudre River meet between the Lazy D Ranch and Pingree Park. There is nothing like the crisp air 9,000 plus ft up in the Rockies.”