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12th Annual Northern Minnesota Safety Conference

2017/02/17

Join us for the 12th Annual Northern Minnesota Safety Conference

When: April 25th, 2017
Where: Evangelical Covenant Church, Family Life Center. 5405 Highway 2 West, Bemidji, MN

Getting Your Team Excited About Safety
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Mike Henke, President, Mike Henke Inc.
How to share the big picture:
- The importance of safety
- Long-term ramifications of giving anything less than our best
This session can increase buy-in from everyone in your organization!

See the flyer for more details: 2017 Northern Safety Conference Flyer

Early Bird Registration is extended until March 6th, 2017.

Break-out Sessions

  • Look Out Below - Dropped Object Prevention
  • Drugs and Alcohol in the Workplace
  • Controlling Work Comp Costs from A-Z
  • Hand Protection 101
  • OSHA Recordkeeping
  • Active and Effective Safety Committees
  • OSHA’s New Silica Standard
  • Safety From the Line to the Corner Office
  • Eye Injury Prevention: Costs, Best Practices, and Program Excellence
  • OSHA Regulatory Update
  • Safety in the Workplace: Panel Presentation
  • Integrate Wellness as Part of Your Workplace Culture
  • The Paradigm for Workplace Violence: Hope for the Best, Prepared for the Worst
  • Investing in Occupational Health: A Panel Presentation
  • The Specialty of Occupational Medicine

Community Health Workers Are Helping Minnesotans Access Better Care

2016/07/18

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Northern Minnesota residents are receiving much-needed help accessing health care services as a result of training provided by Northwest Technical College and Optivation, a custom college and outreach training venture operated jointly by the college and Bemidji State University.

In late June, Optivation wrapped up classroom work for two cohorts of students pursuing Community Health Worker certificates - one group as part of a partnership with Bemidji’s Northern Dental Access Center funded by a Minnesota Job Skills Partnership grant, and a second providing opportunities for women in the region through a partnership with the Northwest Indian Community Development Center.

“Community Health Workers are a new position created out of industry need,” said Kerry Ross, executive director of Optivation. “They support patients and help them navigate our complicated health care system.”

In addition to improving access to services… Read More


 


Safety Conference Schedule

2016/03/14

Annual Northern Minnesota Safety Conference Schedule

When: April 12, 2016 | 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Where: Evangelical Covenant Church | 5405 Hart Lane NW | Bemidji, MN

8:00-8:30 AM - Registration/Visit the Vendors
8:30-8:40 AM - Welcome Justin Holley
8:40-9:40 AM - Keynote–The Invisible Safety Net 2017, Paul Aasen, Minnesota Safety Council
9:40-9:50 AM - Break-Out Transition & Visit the Vendors

9:50-10:50 AM - Break-Out Session 1
Northwoods Room: Lock-Out/Tag-Out, Jan Fedora, Minnesota Safety Council
Jungle Room: Hand Safety, Doug Bohl, Ringer Gloves
Seaside Room: Gas Detection Training, Scott Johns, MSA
Assembly Room: Tools for Finding & Keeping the Right Person for the Job, Isaac Schaan, Sanford Health OccMed
Farm Room: The Human Factor to Profitability: Building a People-Centered Culture for Long-Term Success, Dr. Kelly La Venture, Bemidji State University

10:50-11:20 AM - Break-Out Transition & Visit the Vendors

11:20 AM-12:20 PM - Break-Out Session 2
Northwoods Room: Job Hazard Analysis, Jan Fedora, Minnesota Safety Council
Jungle Room: Grainger Safety Solutions, Christina Flanke, Jim Bushard, Scott Fernholz, Grainger Industrial Supply
Seaside Room: Emergency Management: It’s More than a Process, It’s Life . . . at Home and Work, Chris Muller, Beltrami County Sheriff Office
Assembly Room: Employee Communication Up and Down the Chain of Command: A Two Way Street, Justin Holley, North Central Door

12:20-1:10 PM - Lunch, Visit Vendors & Award Vendor Prizes

1:15-2:15 PM - Break-Out Session 3
Northwoods Room: ABC’s of Fall Protection, Mike Brockway, Honeywell Industrial Safety
Jungle Room: Developing an Effective Eye Injury Prevention Program: What EHS Needs to Know, Jason Kunz, 3M Personal Safety Division
Seaside Room: Recognize, Respond, Report, Vikki Sanders, Workplace Safety Consultation, MNOSHA
Assembly Room: Back in Action, Joe Kapaun, Choice Therapy

2:15-2:25 PM - Break-Out Transition

2:25-3:25 PM - Break-Out Session 4
Northwoods Room: Workplace Safety Consultation and Safety Grants, Dave Ferkul, Workplace Safety Consultation, MNOSHA
Jungle Room: Active and Effective Safety Committees, Deb Sletten, Minnesota Counties Intergovernmental Trust
Seaside Room: Moving Beyond Basic Compliance with Safety Software Systems, Randy Lipscy, Potlatch Corporation
Assembly Room: Investing in Occupational Health: A Panel Presentation, Vicki Inkel, Potlatch Corporation; Mike Moats, Lamb Weston; Joe Kapaun, Choice Therapy; Josh Lundblad, Sanford Health OccMed; Susan Kaplan, Potlatch Corporation

3:25-3:40 PM - Wrap Up Door Prizes (Must Be Present to Win)

Click here to register!


Northern MN Safety Conference: Early Bird Registration Ends Soon!

2016/02/25

If you’d like to register for the Annual Northern Minnesota Safety Conference, make sure to do so before March 7th for the discounted fee of $79. After the 7th the cost is $99, so hurry up and don’t miss out!

For more information please click the link below.

http://www.bemidjistate.edu/news/2016/02/23/northern-minnesota-safety-conference-registration/

 

To register, click here!


Safety Conference Topics

2016/02/16

Topics

Keynote and Session Promo

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Annual Safety Conference 2016

2016/01/21

The annual Northern Minnesota Safety Conference is scheduled for April 12th, 2016 from 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM at the Evangelical Convenant Church, Family Life Center

Registration Cost: Early bird rate of $79 if registerd before March 1st, 2016. After that the registration fee is $99. Registration includes refreshments, lunch, and participant materials

Registration Deadline: April 7th, 2016

Why this event:

  • - Hear regulatory updates from OSHA and other regulatory agencies.
  • -Improve employee performance.
  • -Potential for reduced insurance and liability costs.
  • -Breakout sessions offering information specific to your area of interest.
  • -Access to vendors offering products and services you can use.
  • -Win fabulous prizes including a certificate for FREE entry to the spring 2016 Minnesota Safety and Health Conference.

Who should attend?:

The Northern Minnesota Safety Conference is designed to benefit anyone looking to develop and improve their knowledge of contemporary safety issues. Business owners, those in management and employees will find break-out sessions that have information to improve your company, department or personal skills.

NOTE: More information to follow including schedule and sponsors. Event details subject to change. For more information contact Optivation at 218-755-4901.


Closed for the Holidays

2015/11/23

We regret to announce that Optivation won’t be open December 24th, 25th, or 31st (2015) or January 1st (2016).

Happy holidays!


New class offering: Successful Social Media Strategies

2015/11/23

Where: Online

When: January 18 - February 29, 2016

Cost: $595

Instructor: Connie Troska

Registration deadline: January 11th

Social Media offers almost any business unprecedented access to a much larger audience. Unlike traditional forms of marketing, social media is inexpensive and in many cases, free. This levels the playing field and makes it possible for even the smallest company to make an impression. This course is designed to train the front lines in a profession related to social media. We will cover 6 areas of content that will prepare professionals for the changing industry of social media.

* Strategic planning
* Compliance and Governance
* Project Management
* Social Media Marketing
* Community Management
* Research and Analysis

Students will gain knowledge and skills needed to navigate common industry challenges, and create a return on their investment for their company or organization utilizing social media strategies.
Students will also have a better understanding of how to manage and measure their efforts using social media, create strategic plans for efforts, and be introduced to platforms that will assist with their efficiency using social to reach a target audience. In addition, each student will learn the various aspects of compliance and governance using social media to prevent and protect their organization.

Click here to register!


Join us for the annual Northern Minnesota Safety Conference!

2015/11/23

Why This Event?

  • Hear regulatory updates from OSHA and other regulatory agencies.
  • Improve employee performance.
  • Potential for reduced insurance and liability costs.
  • Breakout sessions offering information specific to your area of interest.
  • Access to vendors offering products and services you can use.
  • Win fabulous prizes including a certificate for FREE entry to the spring 2016 Minnesota Safety and Health Conference.

Who Should Attend?

The Northern Minnesota Safety Conference is designed to benefit anyone looking to develop and improve their knowledge of contemporary safety issues. Business owners, those in management and employees will find break-out sessions that have information to improve your company, department or personal skills.

When: April 12, 2016

8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Where: Evangelical Covenant Church

5405 Highway 2 West

Bemidji, MN 56601

Registration Cost: Registration includes refreshments, lunch, and participant materials

$79-Registration fee if registered before March 7, 2016. After, Registration fee will be $99.

Registration Deadline: April 7, 2016

Click Here to register!

 


Services: Business Analysis

2015/05/20

BUSINESS ANALYSIS is the link between identifying and carrying out change. It can be used by organizations or individuals for nearly every decision made in a given day. Business Analysis might include deciding what model of car to buy, developing a new product, growing a customer base, or determining a career path. A Business Analyst (BA) is a change agent: their task is to clearly define a business issue or opportunity and manage its solution. They are facilitator, communicator, and problem solver.

NUTS AND BOLTS

There are six categories of Business Analysis tasks and about two dozen primary techniques. Applying the techniques in combinations suited to an organization’s need is what brings effective change. Interestingly, people recognized for their business acumen use these techniques throughout their workdays, often without a conscious effort of doing so.

THE EARLY STAGES

Some Business Analysis techniques are used early on to identify issues or opportunities. Root Cause Analysis uncovers the crux of an issue. SWOT Analysis identifies group strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats. Organization Modeling maps the roles, responsibilities, and reporting within an organization. Decision Analysis evaluates the benefits and detriments of solutions.

IN THE THICK OF THINGS

Other Business Analysis techniques are used to implement and manage the change. User Stories are brief descriptions of what a user or group needs from a solution. Process Models illustrate how workflows will differ after the change. Functional Decomposition breaks the steps leading to change into explicit tasks.

A NEW REALITY

Many Business Analysis techniques are visited repeatedly during and after change to ensure a new norm materializes.Risk Analysis identifies and monitors events to avoid, accept, lessen, or take advantage of. Metrics and Key Performance Indicators establish tangible measurements to confirm change is occurring and is moving an organization toward its objective for the change.

AGILITY

A business buzzword these days is agility-how an organization can remain poised and ready to adjust to changing conditions. A Business Analyst helps position an organization for change and prepares the route through it.

PERSPECTIVE AND AGILITY

Oftentimes a “fresh set of eyes”,or direction from an impartial source, is needed to jump-start change in an organization. But existing staff can perform business analysis if they learn the techniques and are granted the workday time it requires. Many organizations hire a Business Analyst on contract to first manage a particular change, and then to mentor staff performing business analysis.

For more information about how Business Analysis can contribute to your organization, contact: Kerry Ross at (218) 755-4902(218) 755-4902 or email KRoss@bemidjistate.edu


A Look Back: 10 Years of the Northern Minnesota Safety Conference

2015/05/13

Optivation, what was then known as the Center for Research and Innovation(CRI), worked with North Central Door Company (NCDC) on several projects related to their facility.

Through those various projects we got to know Myron Selzler, NCDC safety director. As a member of Minnesota Safety Council, Myron was familiar with regional safety meetings and the annual conference hosted by the Council.

Myron suggested to Kerry Ross, CRI staff, that a smaller scale conference could be offered in Bemidji. Kerry then reached out to Gina Hoffman at the Minnesota Safety Council to meet and discuss the idea.

Kerry and Gina met and started to map out a plan to host our first conference the following spring. The planning committee was established with Myron Selzler, Gina Hoffman, Kerry Ross, and three others.

The first event was held on April 5, 2006 at the Concordia Language Villages Spanish Village. The first conference consisted of 7 breakout sessions, 9 vendors, 49 event evaluations turned in and 100% of participant evaluations agreed that they were satisfied with the experience.

We outgrew Concordia Language Villages in 2008. The event moved to the Evangelical Covenent Church Family Life Center, where we remain today.

This year we celebrated our 10th Annual Northern Minnesota Safety Conference. With a total of 16 speakers, spread out between 4 break-out sessions and keynote speaker we had over 100 participants, making it the biggest conference to date. Topics ranged from safety to health safety issues and update.

We look forward to growing this conference every year. Remember to look for dates for the 11th Annual Northern Minnesota Safety Conference to be held in 2016.

 


Lueken's Eco-Friendly Greenhouse

2015/04/23

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Optivation is thrilled to be able to work with Lueken’s and the aquaponics farm for a projected funded by MN Job Skills Partnership. See Bemidji Pioneer’s article and video below.

http://www.bemidjipioneer.com/news/local/3728692-video-luekens-touts-eco-friendly-greenhouse-earth-day-root-value-can-grow-produce

 


Congress of MN Resorts Spring Conference

2015/04/20

Kerry Ross, Optivation, delivered a session on “Building Customer Relationships” at the Congress of MN Resorts Spring Conference. Thank you for the lovely note Bill and Gail Heig from Bowen Lodge, Deer River, MN. It is rewarding to know you found a golden nugget within the information shared.

http://www.bowenlodge.com/


10th Annual Northern Minnesota Safety Conference Schedule

2015/04/08

8:00-8:30 - Registration/Visit the Vendors

8:30-8:40 - Welcome

8:40-9:40 - Keynote-The System is the Secret: Keith Bardney

9:40-9:50- Break-Out Transition & Visit the Vendors

9:50-10:50 - Break-Out Session 1

Northwoods Room - Who’s Responsible? Protecting Temporary Workers: Dave Ferkul

Jungle Room - Preventing Slips/Trips/Falls in the Workplace: Jan Fedora

Seaside Room - Respiratory Protection: From Disposable Respirators to Powered & Supplied Air: Jason Kunz

Assembly Room - “What Did You Say?” Noise Induced Hearing Loss: Victor Charbel

10:50-11:20 - Break-Out Transition & Visit the Vendors

11:20-12:20- Break-Out Session 2

Northwoods Room - Emergency! Communicating Effectively and Decision Making During Crisis’s: Chris Muller

Jungle Room - Boosting Safety in an Aging Workforce: Jan Fedora

Seaside Room - Best Practices for Safety: Don Black

Assembly Room - Little Giant Ladders: Kevin Peters

12:20-1:10- Lunch, Visit Vendors & Award Vendor Prizes

1:00-1:15 - Break-out Transition

1:15-2:15 - Break-Out Session 3

Northwoods Room - Who’s Responsible? Protecting Temporary Workers: Dave Ferkul

Jungle Room - Snooze or Loose: Marci maple

Seaside Room - On Site Injury: Joe Kapaun

Assembly Room - AED/Fire Safety: Justin Sherwood

2:15-2:25 - Break-Out Transition

2:25-3:25 - Break-Out Session 4

Northwoods Room - Weather Safety: Beyond Watches & Warnings: Chris Muller

Seaside Room - Safe Patient Handling in Minnesota: Brecca Tschida

Assembly Room - Preventing Workplace Violence in your Workplace: Vikki Sanders

3:25-3:40 - Wrap Up Door Prizes (Must Be Present to Win)

Register Here

Schedule Subject to Change

 


NEW COURSE: Cosmetology

2015/03/12

This course provides information on Minnesota Laws and Rules governing the practice of Cosmetology, Safety and sanitation consistent with the US Dept. of Labor’s, Occupational Safety and Health Administration Standards, applicable to the practice of Cosmetology. (Prerequisite(s): Minnesota Cosmetology, Esthetics, Nail Technician Operator or Manager’s License). This course meets the Continuing Education requirements for the Minnesota Board of Cosmetology.

Online

Dates: March 23-29th

Register Here


Upcoming Courses!

2015/02/13

Understanding ICD 10 CM and ICD 10 PCS Level 101

This Course will provide basic information coding professionals need to make critical assessments to identify the education needed now in preparations of a more detailed and advanced training for the October 1, 2103 implementation

Course Date: February 2, 2105

Register Here

 

Home Health Aide-Online

This course covers an introduction to home care. Topics include observing, reporting, and documenting; caring for special populations, includes mentally challenged, mentally ill, chemically dependent, and developmentally disabled; care of the child, includes handicapped, genetic challenges and abuse; homemaking skills, including food and meal management, nutrition and time management; and hospice care. The course has been approved by the Minnesota Department of Health for online delivery. Prerequisite(s): HLTH1110 or other Minnesota Department of Health approved Nursing Assistant training site course.

Course Date: March 2, 2015

Register Here

 

Boiler Operator-Special Engineer and Hi/Low Pressure

This course is designed to prepare the boiler operator, or those preparing for employment as a boiler operator, to take either the Minnesota Low Pressure (C Level) or Minnesota High Pressure (Levels A & B) Boiler Exam for the following classes:special engineer, 2nd class engineer, 1st class engineer, or chief engineer.

Included in this course is the following.
Low pressure - valves, steam traps, pumps, flame safeguards, burners, safety valves, boiler room safety, and hot water boilers.
High pressure - condensers, steam engines, mathematical formulas, boiler room safety, and hot water boilers.

This is an “open enrollment” course so it is filled on a first come – first served bases.  This course includes the materials in the Special Engineer course as well as the Hi/Low Pressure materials. Do not sign up for both courses, only one is needed.

Successful completion of this course will be awarded 3.6 CEU’s.

Register Here

 

Commercial Vehicle Inspector Re-Certification

OPTIVATION, a joint venture of Bemidji State University and Northwest Technical College is offering the Commercial Vehicle Inspector Re-Certification course. The cost of the course is $100 and for those whose inspector certification is set to expire or has expired in the last six months. There is a limit of thirty (30) participants and the course is filled on a first come first served basis.

Course Date: March 13, 2015

Register Here

 

Cosmetology Course

This course provides information on Minnesota Laws and Rules governing the practice of Cosmetology, Safety and sanitation consistent with the US Dept. of Labor’s, Occupational Safety and Health Administration Standards, applicable to the practice of Cosmetology. (Prerequisite(s): Minnesota Cosmetology, Esthetics, Nail Technician Operator or Manager’s License). This course meets the Continuing Education requirements for the Minnesota Board of Cosmetology.

Course Date: March 23, 2015

Register Here


10th Annual Northern Minnesota Safety Conference

2015/02/13

Why This Event?

  • Hear updates from OSHA and other regulatory agencies.
  • Improve employee safety awareness.
  • Minimize liability risks with latest information.
  • Breakout sessions offering information specific to your area or interests.
  • Access to vendors offering products and services you can use.
  • Win fabulous door prizes along with a chance to win FREE admission to the May 5-7, 2015 Minnesota Safety and Health Conference.

Who Should Attend?

The Northern Minnesota Safety Conference is designed to benefit anyone looking to develop and improve their knowledge of contemporary safety issues. Business owners, those in management, safety professionals and staff will find break-out sessions that have information to help improve your safety awareness.

When: April 14, 2015

Check-In starts at 7:30 AM

Event starts at 8:00 AM

Where:Evangelical Covenant Church, Family Life Center

5405 Highway 2 West

Bemidji, MN 56601

(Follow church signs to Family Life Center parking)

Registration Cost: Registration includes refreshments, lunch, and participant materials

$79-Registration fee if registered before March 7, 2015. After, Registration fee will be $99.

Registration Deadline: April 8, 2015

To Register Click Here


Intro To Environmental Health and Safety

2014/06/10

The objective of this course is to develop the students ability to minimize health risk by implementing proper routine work practices and by responding to releases of hazardous substances. The individuals actions will result in the protection of human health, property and the environment. This course will provide the student with information required for compliance with hazardous materials handling regulations and successful completion of this course will meet OSHA`s general requirements for `First Responder Awareness Level` training.

To Register Click Here


Prepare Your Organization For Success

2014/06/10

Succession Planning

Is your business or organization prepared for changes in the future? Do you have the right people on board to fill key roles in the company? Are you preparing your current employees for advancement in your organization?

Succession Planning is an effective, proactive solution that can help your organization prepare for the loss of key employees, promotions, or filling new roles. It is also used to plan for company expansion or organizational redesign.

Succession Planning is a process of developing talent within an organization to meet the needs now and into the future. As the workforce changes it is important to establish and implement a plan to fill needs within the organization. Instructor Michael Wellcome will lead students through this course and cover topics that will enable them to define, prepare, and write a succession plan. Class participants will gain a practical understanding of succession planning necessary to develop a succession plan for their organization.

This class runs from September 15th to October 13th, 2014 and is entirely online. Registration and information can be found here.

This is a project based applied learning course. Students are STRONGLY encouraged to use existing human resources at their place of work in the development of their organizations succession plan.


Social Media

2014/04/16

Social Media offers almost any business unprecedented access to a much larger audience. Unlike traditional forms of marketing, social media is inexpensive and in many cases, free. This levels the playing field and makes it possible for even the smallest company to make an impression. This course is designed to train the front lines in a profession related to social media. We will cover 6 areas of content that will prepare professionals for the changing industry of social media.
  • Strategic planning
  • Compliance and Governance
  • Project Management
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Community Management
  • Research and Analysis
Students will gain knowledge and skills needed to navigate common industry challenges, and create a return on their investment for their company or organization utilizing social media strategies.
Students will also have a better understanding of how to manage and measure their efforts using social media, create strategic plans for efforts, and be introduced to platforms that will assist with their efficiency using social to reach a target audience. In addition, each student will learn the various aspects of compliance and governance using social media to prevent and protect their organization.

Course Date: April 21, 2014

Register Here


Core Communications in the Workplace with NLP

2014/03/11

Short Description

Challenging times call for sharp tools and keen strategies. This training introduces the basic skills of Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP) as it relates to understanding personality differences, working with those differences, and using practical and simple skills to establish rapport, untangle confusing communications, and how to generate a solution frame instead of a problem frame.

Longer Description

Discover the neurology of success–how to bring your brain and body into partnership to create effective goals and steps to a balanced, heart-centered success.

Research tells us that as much as 90% of all communication is nonverbal. This means that valuable information may be hiding out in the hidden 90% zone. We are often able to sense when an exchange is going badly - but have no clue how to get it back on track. Imagine being able to increase your AQ - awareness quotient - to fluently read and use some of the lost 90%.. Your work will not only become instantly more efficient — but a lot more fun.

Core Communications is a hands-on experiential training for businesses and organizations that has participants using new strategies instantly and walking out with a brand new toolkit. Practice over time will only add to your abilities to effect useful change with yourself, your co-workers, and your company.

  • Learn the five steps to establishing and maintaining rapport
  • Practice using the 3-second rule of nonverbal communication
  • Break
  • The Three Primary Learning Modalities - and what is my primary modality?
  • Become fluent (with practice) in reading the three primary learning modalities in others and what to do once you recognize the

How to Get Started

Schedule a 30 minute Luncheon Teaser (no charge)

Arrange an Introductory Workshop - 2-3 hours

Plan for a Five Day Training: Scheduled in modules over a 3 month period with practice exercises

Customized Training: Includes pre-training consultation to identify specific needs and issues of your company/organization.

About the Trainer

Patricia Jamie Lee has a MA in Human Development with an emphasis in Organizational Development. She is a certified trainer in Neurolinguistic Programming and has extensive training and experience with both NLP and Family and Organizational Constellation Work. Past clients include The South Dakota Bar Association, The Carondelet Hospital System, Pima County Court, Mary Kay Cosmetics, Psychological Associates, The City of Tucson and many others.

 


Don't Forget To Register- New Break-Out Sessions

2014/02/26

You Asked, We Listened!

The topics and speakers for the 9th Annual Northern Minnesota Safety Conference were all topics shared by attendees at the event last year, hot topics in safety over the last year, ideas brought forward by the safety professionals who are on this event’s planning committee.

Keynote Topic:

Distractive Driving & Lessons Learned

On October 31, 2009, 18 year old Alex Balluff became the victim of a hit-and-run drunk driver while walking with college friends in Duluth. Alex’s “marathon road” to recovery from traumatic brain injury can teach us many lessons including increased community awareness of impaired driving, and to encourage and promote education regarding driving while distracted and/or under the influence. Come see hope and faith in action as Alex and his mother, Debbie, share their marathon!

Break-out topics include:

Understanding QSEN and the Implications for Patient Safety-Lynn Maltas, Assistant Professor Department of Nursing

The Technology Explosion-Has it Really Improved Patient Safety-Lynn Maltas, Assistant Professor Department of Nursing

Ladder Safety-Douglas Wing, Little Giant Ladders

ARC Flash-Matt Reese, ISK Industries Account Manager

AED and Fire Safety-Dave Hoefer, Bemidji Fire Chief

Employee and Management Communications-Justin Holley, HR Manager

Hand Tool Safety-Chad Avikainen, Hand Tool Territory Manager

Hearing Conservation-Jason Kunz, 3M Personal Safety Division Account Representative

New Signage Requirements-Josh Holmes, Regional Sales Manager

Power Tool Safety-Adam Moscherosch, Territory Representative

Crane Safety & Industry Changes- Lisa Hollingsworth, MNOSHA

Emergency Action Plans- Chris Muller, Director of Emergency Management

Heat Stress- Matt Reese, ISK Industries Account Manager

New Employee Orientation- Deb Sletten, Loss Control Consultant

Lock Out/Tag Out- Justin Kronmiller, Master Lock Company LLC Territory Manager

GHS Update- Jan Fadora, Minnesota Safety Council Workplace Safety Consultant

Ergonomics, Industry therapy & Stretch Exercises- Joe Kapaun, Choice Therapy

OSHA Updates & Resources- Robert Sarna, MNOSHA

Boosting Safety in an Aging Workforce- Jan Fedora, Minnesota Safety Council Workplace Safety Consultant

And More!

We hope to see you at the 9th Annual Northern Minnesota Safety Conference. It is sure to be the best event yet!


Talk=Money

2014/02/10

Communication is at the top of the list for sought after skills in the labor market and yet it is too often the least developed skill. First impressions can be lasting impressions so hone your communication skills for a good impression and for success. What do you want others to perceive about you? What kind of a message do you intend to convey? Be cognitive of your interpersonal communication that is central to your everyday life. It is an ongoing process and it is what gives you credibility in the professional world. What you say and how you say can be worth dollars.

Course Date: March 10, 2014

Register Here


Project Management Course

2014/02/03

Project Management:

This course covers the fundamentals of Project Management (PM). In this course, the students will gain an understanding of the PM framework, develop a project charter and craft a project management plan using student provided projects approved by the instructor. Students will learn the proper skills needed to manage projects effectively, including how to develop a plan to complete project on time and within budget.

Course Date: March 3, 2014

Register Here


9th Annual Northern Minnesota Safety Conference

2014/01/22

Why This Event?

  • Hear Updates from OSHA and other regulatory agencies
  • Improve employee safety awareness
  • Minimize liability risks with latest information
  • Breakout sessions offering information specific to your area or interest
  • Access to vendors offering products and services you can use
  • Win fabulous door prizes along with a chance to win FREE admission to the May 6-8, 2014 Minnesota Safety and Health Conference

Who Should attend?

The Northern Minnesota Safety Conference is designed to benefit anyone looking to develop and improve their knowledge of contemporary safety issues. Business owners, those in management, safety professionals and staff will find break-out sessions that have information to help improve your safety awareness.

When: April 8, 2014

Where: Evangelical Covenant Church, Family Life Center

5405 Highway 2 West

Bemidji, MN 56601

(Follow Church Signs to Family Life Center Parking)

Registration Cost: Registration includes refreshments, lunch and participant materials

$79- Registration fee if registered before March 8, 2014

$99- Registration fee if registered after March 8, 2014

Registration Deadline: April 1, 2014

 

To Register online Click Here

For More Information Contact:

Phone: 218-755-2998

Email: Optivation@bemidjistate.edu


Commercial Vehicle Inspector Re-Certification

2014/01/22

Commercial Vehicle Inspector Re-Certification for those whose inspector certification is set to expire or has expired in the last six months. There is a limit of thirty (30) participants and the course is filled on a first come first served basis.

Course Fee: $100.00

Instructor: Keith Williamson

Location: Northwest Technical College Room 328

Register Here


New Year New Classes: Upcoming Classes Starting in January 2014

2013/12/11

Project Management:

This course covers the fundamentals of Project Management (PM). In this course, the students will gain an understanding of the PM framework, develop a project charter and craft a project management plan using student provided projects approved by the instructor. Students will learn the proper skills needed to manage projects effectively, including how to develop a plan to complete project on time and within budget.

Course Date: March 3, 2014

Register Here

Talk=Money:

Communication is at the top of the list for sought after skills in the labor market and yet it is too often the least developed skill. First impressions can be lasting impressions so hone your communication skills for a good impression and for success. What do you want others to perceive about you? What kind of a message do you intend to convey? Be cognitive of your interpersonal communication that is central to your everyday life. It is an ongoing process and it is what gives you credibility in the professional world. What you say and how you say can be worth dollars.

Course Date: March 10, 2014

Register Here

Social Media:

As social media networks such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and dozens of others have become dominant forms of communication for millions of people, their importance in the workplace has grown as well. Social media is becoming a vital way for businesses to promote themselves and their products, increase their visibility and recruit new clients. Many businesses are hiring dedicated social media managers to fill this need. The number of social media manager jobs has increased by 48 percent over the last year, and there are dozens of openings for these positions just in Minnesota alone.

Course Date: March 10, 2014

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Succession Planning:

Succession planning is a process of developing talent within an organization to meet needs now and into the future. As the workforce is facing retirement of baby boomers, it is important to establish and implement a succession plan now. Instructor Mike Wellcome will lead this course and cover topics that will enable you to define, prepare, and write a succession plan. Class participants will gain a theoretical and practical understanding of succession planning as necessary to lead the creation of a succession plan. Students will learn via a variety of online sources and participate via online discussion activities as they facilitate the process in an organization while participating in the course. By following the step-by-step curriculum, participants create and implement a functional succession plan in an organization

Course Date: March 17, 2014

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Now Bringing Business Analysis Services to You

2013/10/02

ShellyMs. Sentyrz helps businesses, agencies, and organizations position themselves to thrive in changing conditions. Her constellation of work includes Business Analysis and Project Management for retail, hospitality, service delivery, manufacturing, engineering, physical/biological sciences, IT, emergency management, and governance.

Shelly specializes in bridging gaps between ideas, people, and knowledge. She believes that effective leadership provides more than just direction–it provides momentum and cadence, too. Clients appreciate a blend of consultation, implementation, teaching, and mentoring tailored for their organizations.

Michelle Sentyrz, PMP, ACP, and CBAP (pending)


Business Analysis: The Better Way to Change

2013/10/01

by Michelle Sentyrz
Business Analyst, Project Manager, and Agile Practitioner

“THERE ARE TOO MANY VARIABLES IN THE WORLD FOR SITUATIONS NOT TO CHANGE.”Irene Schwartz, age 98

BUSINESS ANALYSIS is the link between identifying and carrying out change. It can be used by organizations or individuals for nearly every decision made in a given day. Business Analysis might include deciding what model of car to buy, developing a new product, growing a customer base, or determining a career path.

A Business Analyst (BA) is a change agent: their task is to clearly define a business issue or opportunity and manage its solution. They are facilitator, communicator, and problem solver.

NUTS AND BOLTS

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There are six categories of Business Analysis tasks and about two dozen primary techniques. Applying the techniques in combinations suited to an organization’s need is what brings effective change. Interestingly, people recognized for their business acumen use these techniques throughout their workdays, often without a conscious effort of doing so.

THE EARLY STAGES

Some Business Analysis techniques are used early on to identify issues or opportunities. Root Cause Analysis uncovers the crux of an issue. SWOT Analysis identifies group strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats. Organization Modeling maps the roles, responsibilities, and reporting within an organization. Decision Analysis evaluates the benefits and detriments of solutions.

IN THE THICK OF THINGS

Other Business Analysis techniques are used to implement and manage the change. User Stories are brief descriptions of what a user or group needs from a solution. Process Models illustrate how workflows will differ after the change. Functional Decomposition breaks the steps leading to change into explicit tasks.

A NEW REALITY

Many Business Analysis techniques are visited repeatedly during and after change to ensure a new norm materializes.

Risk Analysis identifies and monitors events to avoid, accept, lessen, or take advantage of. Metrics and Key Performance Indicators establish tangible measurements to confirm change is occurring and is moving an organization toward its objective for the change.

AGILITY

A business buzzword these days is agility–how an organization can remain poised and ready to adjust to changing conditions. A Business Analyst helps position an organization for change and prepares the route through it.

PERSPECTIVE AND AGILITY

Oftentimes a “fresh set of eyes”, or direction from an impartial source, is needed to jump-start change in an organization. But existing staff can perform business analysis if they learn the techniques and are granted the workday time it requires. Many organizations hire a Business Analyst on contract to first manage a particular change, and then to mentor staff performing business analysis.

For more information about how Business Analysis can contribute to your organization, contact:

Kerry Ross at (218) 755-4902 or email KRoss@bemidjistate.edu


New Course- Computer Basics October 22, 2013

2013/09/30

The Computer Basics course is an 8 hour course covering the basics of Window 7, Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel.

Participants will:

  • Become familiar with the features of Windows 7.
  • Learn how to use the most common features of Microsoft Word.
  • Learn how to use the most common features of Microsoft Excel.

Participants will receive a CEU from BSU/NTCMN and a certificate of completion.

The course is offered at $110.00 per person, which includes the cost of all course materials. Computer Basics has a maximum class size of 7 per course. There is a minimum class size of 4 participants. Classes with less than four students may be rescheduled.

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New Course: Generations in the Workplace October 15, 2013

2013/09/30

Generations in the Workplace is a 4 hour course designed to help participants to better understand themselves and others in the workplace. This new understanding will help them work more effectively with people from all four generations.

Course Fee:$150.00

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New Course: Customer Service - November 5, 2013

2013/09/30

The Customer Service course is a course covering the basics of customer service.
Participants will:
  • Learn how to build and maintain their customer base.
  • Be able to define “Superior Service”.
  • Learn Effective Communication Skills.
  • Learn how to manage their professional image.
  • Learn techniques in telephone usage/netiquette
  • Learn techniques on handling customer complaints.
  • Learn how to deal with difficult and diverse customers.
Participants will receive a CEU from BSU / NTC and a certificate of completion.
The course is offered at $160.00 per person, which includes the cost of all course materials.
We offer the course at a discounted rate to organizations that enroll 8 or more participants. There is a minimum class size of 4 participants. Classes with less than four students may be rescheduled. Register Here

Boiler Operator Courses

2013/09/30

Full Course

This course covers all information in the Special Engineer and High/Low Pressure Operator material as well as information regarding Turbine Operation. Persons signing up for this course should not register for the Special Engineer or High/Low Pressure Operator course, that material is covered in this course. Successful completion of this course will be awarded 3.6 CEU’s. Books are Included.

Course Fee: $425.00

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Specialist License

This sixteen hour course is designed to give those attending the base knowledge to take the state Special License exam and is part of the Hi/Low Pressure course. No previous boiler experience is necessary to take this course. If you are taking the Hi/Low Boiler Operator course you do not need to sign up for this section. Successful completion of this course will be awarded 1.6 CEU’s. Books are included.

Course Fee:$175.00

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High/Low Pressure License

This course is designed to prepare the boiler operator or those preparing for employment as a boiler operator to take Special Engineer’s License, the Minnesota Low Pressure (C Level) or Minnesota High Pressure (Levels A & B) Boiler Exam for the following classes: special engineer, 2nd class engineer, 1st class engineer, or chief engineer. The contents include the following: Low pressure - valves, steam traps, pumps, flame safeguards, burners, safety valves, boiler room safety, and hot water boilers. High pressure - condensers, steam engines, mathematical formulas, boiler room safety, and hot water boilers. This is an “open enrollment” course so it is filled on a first come first served bases. This course covers the materials in the Special Engineers course as well as the Hi/Low Pressure materials. Do not register for Special Engineer’s course if you are registering for this course. Successful completion of this course will be awarded 3.2 CEU’s. Books are included.

Course Fee:$350.00

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New Course: Financial Skills for Families-September 17, 2013

2013/08/28

Learning financial responsibility is essential to families as they grow and develop and move within an ever changing economy. Planning your finances is challenging when so many things can be unpredictable such as a car repairs, a medical emergency, life or death, theft, price changes, losing a job, or a natural disaster.
Financial Skills for Families is a class designed to help Native communities and citizens adapt their traditional skills to the wise management of financial resources.
During this nine hour course members will:
  • Discuss the Circle of Life and Native resource management strategies
  • Define a healthy economy and decide what factors contribute to building a healthier economy
  • Determine their financial needs and goals
  • Develop a spending plan, savings goal, and utilize plans to meet their needs
  • Discuss the purpose and benefits of a checking or savings account
  • Examine the process of opening an account and acquire skills to manage account
  • Recognize the importance and purpose of credit; understanding your credit report
  • How to build or rebuild your credit history
  • Understand how to access credit; the lending processes, the loan applications, and identify predatory lenders
  • Be able to identify different types of financial institutions; evaluate loan rates, terms, and fees
  • Discuss the importance of insurance and ways to prevent identity theft
This financial course is offered at $170.00 per person and includes the cost of all course materials. We offer this course at a discounted rate to organizations that enroll 8 or more participants. There is a minimum class size of five participants and classes with less than five students may be rescheduled. All courses offered address Native American philosophies, traditions, and attitudes but are available and open to all Non-Native members of the community.

Leading in the 21st Century: A dynamic interaction between leaders and followers, Part 1

2013/08/15

Leading in the 21st Century, parts I and II are two four-week courses based on the textbook entitled the Art of Leadership. The Leading in the 21st Century courses are delivered in a way that is designed to be stimulating and build competency in the area of leadership without sacrificing theoretical foundation or important content. The courses, taught by Karen Pikula, are delivered in an interactive, seminar-based approach to learning.

The course activities and discussions are based on two ideas. One is that leadership will take place to the extent the leader cares about the work and the people. The other is that leadership is an art that can be developed through nine key areas of success. Leading in the 21st Century Part I will focus on the first five key areas:

  • The leadership equation
  • The power of vision
  • The importance of ethics
  • The empowerment of people
  • Leadership principles

Each key area is discussed as well as the techniques for improving leadership effectiveness.  Questionnaires and learning exercises for personalizing the concepts, as well as online video vignettes of specific leadership situations and dilemmas (In the Hot Seat) provide opportunities to become involved in deep online discussions with peers on the best way for someone in a leadership position to deal with real life leadership dilemmas.

NOTE: Leading in the 21st Century Part I is a pre-requisite course for Leading in the 21st Century Part II.

This four week course starts October 14th, 2013.
The cost is $350 plus book, $38, and access to Premium Content (6 month subscription) $15.
Registration deadline is October 7th, 2013.


Upcoming Course: Project Management

2013/07/31

This course covers the fundamentals of Project Management (PM). In this course, the students will gain an understanding of the PM framework, develop a project charter and craft a project management plan using student provided projects approved by the instructor. Students will learn the proper skills needed to manage projects effectively, including how to develop a plan to complete project on time and within budget.

The course is designed for those individuals in any industry (healthcare, business, manufacturing, financial, construction, government, etc) who have responsibilities managing projects.This is a project based applied learning course. Students are STRONGLY encouraged to use existing or planned projects at their place of work.

Price: $450.00
Start Date: October 7th
Length: Six weeks


Upcoming Course: Succession Planning

2013/07/31

Succession planning is a process of developing talent within an organization to meet needs now and into the future. As the workforce is facing retirement of baby boomers, it is important to establish and implement a succession plan now. Instructor Mike Wellcome will lead this course and cover topics that will enable you to define, prepare, and write a succession plan. Class participants will gain a theoretical and practical understanding of succession planning as necessary to lead the creation of a succession plan. Students will learn via a variety of online sources and participate via online discussion activities as they facilitate the process in an organization while participating in the course. By following the step-by-step curriculum, participants create and implement a functional succession plan in an organization. Does your boss’ succession plan include you?

This four week class will start October 7th.
The cost is $350.
Registration Deadline is October 1st, 2013.


Upcoming Course: Talk = Money!

2013/07/30

Optivation will offer a three week online course this fall called Talk = Money.

Communication is at the top of the list for sought after skills in the labor market and yet it is too often the least developed skill. First impressions can be lasting impressions so hone your communication skills for a good impression and for success. What do you want others to perceive about you? What kind of a message do you intend to convey? Be cognitive of your interpersonal communication that is central to your everyday life. It is an ongoing process and it is what gives you credibility in the professional world. What you say and how you say can be worth dollars.

What type of decision or even conflict is being presented? What type of approach and strategy should you use? Negotiation is a skill that requires communication and the ability to assess communication. Discover the process and tools that work.

What kind of a message do you intend to convey to others? What type of approach and strategy will you use? Be adaptable to other’s needs, anticipate their needs, and have the ability to communicate what is necessary to meet their needs. Good listening and communication skills are the lifeblood of your professionalism. Talk equals money!

This three week class starts October 28th, 2013.
The price is $300.
Registration deadline is October 21st, 2013.


Ethanol Powered ATV

2013/07/09

The idea behind this project was to demonstrate the potential benefits of modifying a small engine (like those in ATV’s) to better utilize ethanol-blend fuels. While E-85 is readily available for flex-fuel vehicles (FFV) at lower cost than standard gasoline, FFV get lower mileage burning E-85. But, this lower mileage is not entirely due to the lower BTU content of ethanol. FFV engines are designed to run most efficiently on gasoline. Their design and tuning are suboptimal for E-85. Engine modifications would make engines more efficient burning E-85 exclusively.

The higher octane of E-85 (100+) allows it to be used in a high-performance engine, which produces more output from a given BTU input. Performance-enhancing engine modifications make the engine more optimal for E-85 and realize benefits of ethanol fuel. The hope was to modify the engine so that it would produce more horsepower and torque while decreasing fuel consumption.

In September Arctic Cat donated a Prowler Utility Terrain Vehicle (UTV) and a spare engine to be used for modification and testing. Research was conducted as a partnership between Northwest Technical College’s (NTC) High-Performance Engine Machinist Program and Arctic Cat, involving faculty, students and Arctic Cat employees. A baseline test of the stock engine was conducted using regular unleaded gasoline and a dynamometer (dyno) to test the fuel consumption, horsepower, and torque.

After the baseline performance of the machine was established the engine was disassembled and modified to run using E-85 fuel. Repeating the same tests as before, the modified engine produced more horsepower and torque. Fuel consumption was also calculated in the same manner as before.

The engine was then modified to raise the compression ratio to approx. 11.58:1. The engine was then reassembled and the program from Speedwerx was installed. The engine was then tuned to run on E-85 for maximum power.

Our mileage test was done on a mustang chassis dynamometer by running the vehicle at 30 mph in high gear for exactly one minute at 55 percent throttle and weighing the fuel tank throughout the test to determine fuel consumption. This was done by having a spare tank to have placed on a scale.

The throttle position was determined using a Speedwerx programmer that was borrowed for this project. The baseline test using gasoline netted a 5 gram consumption average over 4 tests. On gasoline, the prowler made a consistent 33 HP, and 32 lb. ft. of torque.

The engine was then disassembled and machined .040 off the bottom of the jug to raise the compression ratio to approx. 11.58:1. The engine was then reassembled and the Speedwerx programmer was installed again. The engine was then tuned to run on E-85 for maximum power. Upon driving the prowler on the ethanol fuel, it accelerated much faster and seemed to have more power in the lower RPMs. It had an average consumption over 4 tests of 8.2 grams of fuel consumed on ethanol and it produced a solid 36 HP and 34 lb. ft. of torque.

The overall impression of the performance of the vehicle after the modifications were done was positive. The person who test drove it reported that it had much more power in the lower RPMs and had quicker throttle response.


New Course Offerings

2013/07/08

Summer is here now and Fall is just around the corner. Optivation will have a full schedule of continuing education courses beginning this fall including several new courses online.

Learn new skills for managing projects or how to be an effective leader.

Project Management and The Art of Leadership will be offered this fall.

Is someone in your business or organization retiring soon? Do you have a plan for filling those positions? Maybe it is time to look into a succession plan. Learn how you can keep talented employees and train others for future opening in you business or organization.

Succession Planning will begin this fall.

Be sure to check out the calendar of events at www.optivation.org.

If your business or organization has a specific training need please give us a call. We can help connect the dots.


Bemidji Global Grooves – Get your groove on this summer!

2013/07/08

Bemidji State University continues its new Global Grooves music program on July 6 with the third Saturday morning workshop on the music of Guinea. This session will highlight music, history and culture from a specific region of the West African nation and allow participants to recreate the music on drums. There also will be door prizes and light refreshments. The series is hosted by BSU faculty members Dr. Janice Haworth (music), who spent two years living and teaching in Guinea, and Dr. Janet Moen (sociology), who served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Ethiopia.

9 a.m. to noon, Recital Hall, Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex, BSU campus:

  • July 27 - Mali Empire Musical Traditions of High Guinea

Bonus! Community Drum Circles will be held from 7-8:30 p.m. on each of these days at the lakeshore near the Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex. The Recital Hall in the Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex on BSU’s campus will be the rain location.

Double Bonus! Bring a friend and you’ll have a chance to win a free gift.
Registration:
General audience: $29 each
Seniors (65 and up): $22 each

Online registration: http://www.bemidjistate.edu/academics/summer/conferences/events/

Contact: Angie Gora, Bemidji State University Summer Programs Director 218-755-2068 or agora@bemidjistate.edu


Scrubs Camp

2013/07/08

July 31-August 1
Scrubs Camp offers middle school and high school students exciting opportunities to explore healthcare careers by participating in hands-on sessions and experiencing college life. This is a great opportunity to learn about the many careers in health care available in the Bemidji area! One camp for students entering grades 8-10 will be offered. WHERE & COST: Bemidji State University, School of Nursing/Northwest Technical College Scrubs Camp (residential camp July 31-August 1, 2013, Bemidji State University/$95). A limited number of scholarships are available. REGISTRATION, SCHOLARSHIP & CONTACT: Joan Tronson, NW MN Area Health Education Center, 323 S. Minnesota Street, Crookston, MN 56716. Phone: 218-281-9216, E-mail: Jtronson@riverviewhealth.org. Applications available: http://www.bemidjistate.edu/academics/summer/conferences/camps/


Host families sought for Chinese middle school program participants

2013/07/08

July 1, 2013 - Families in the Bemidji area who have an interest in other cultures, enjoy spending time with teenagers and have a desire to promote global awareness are encouraged to consider hosting middle-school aged participants from China who will be attending an English-language immersion experience at Bemidji State University beginning this August.

Home stays are needed beginning Aug. 9 and running through Sept 21. Housing is needed for between eight and ten participants; two exchange participants in the same home is preferable. Applications for host families will be accepted until July 8 or until all participants have been housed.

The participants’ schedule during the immersion program includes:
- day camp at Bemidji State University from Aug. 13-23, Monday through Friday only, with some optional evening activities;
- a sponsored tour from Aug. 26-Sept. 2; and
- attendance at Bemidji Middle School from Sept. 3-20.

Participants in the program will be from Weifang, China, and will have been born between 1998 and 2000. Host families can give a preference for hosting one or two participants, male or female; the summer programming office at Bemidji State will match participant and host family profiles and attempt to match participants with families based on hobbies and interests.

Participants must be provided with their own bed and place to study, either in their own room or in a room he or she shares with a family member of the same gender and within four years of his or her age. Host families must have homeowners’ insurance providing a minimum of $1 million in coverage, and must not be receiving financial need-based government subsidies for food or housing. Host families also must have parents who are at least 25 years old.

Families interested in hosting participants must participate in a pre-screening process which includes a written application, background checks for all adults living in the home who are 18 years of age or older, reference checks, and a home visit which includes collection of file photographs of the home.

Host families will be provided a $500 stipend to assist with transportation and food costs incurred by hosting participants. Participants will have some money, but host families will be expected to provide transportation, all meals except for weekday lunches and entertainment expenses.

Families interested in hosting Chinese participants in this program are encouraged to contact Bemidji State University’s Summer Programming Office.

Contact: Angie Gora, Bemidji State University Summer Programs Director, (218) 755-2851, agora@bemidjistate.edu


Girl Scouts – College Sampler

2013/07/08

July 30, 31 & August 1, 2013
Increase your odds of college success by attending the three-day College Sampler July 30 to Aug. 1 at Bemidji State University’s campus on the lake.

College Prep: Hear from the experts about financial aid, scholarships and goal-setting. Take a campus tour and find out what you can do NOW that will help you get into the college of your dreams.

College Challenge: International student cultural exchange, robotics workshop and service learning project.

Who: Girls entering grades 4-12
When: 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 30, 2013 - 4 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013
Cost:
_ $85 Girl Scout members
_ $97 non-Girl Scout members (includes $12 annual Girl Scout registration fee)
_ Girls may use up to $40 in Cookie Dough
_ $50 Adults

Registration deadline: July 14, 2013. $10 deposit required with registration (included in price). For more information, contact the Bemidji Girl Scout office at 218-308-8879 or 8880 or 800-955-6031 ext. 8879 or 8880.

Sponsored by: Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin Lakes and Pines and Bemidji State University


Ojibwe Niibinishi Gabeshi for High School Students

2013/07/08

July 23-27, 2013

We still have spaces available in the High School Ojibwe Cultural Camp held at BSU July 23-27.  The program fee is $550, but we still have a number of full scholarships available. If you know anyone who is interested, please help them fill out the forms and return them. The deadline is extended the until July 12, 2013. The application and scholarship instructions are available: http://www.bemidjistate.edu/academics/summer/conferences/camps/

Bemidji State University’s Niibinishi Gabeshi (Summer Camp) is a program for sophomores, juniors and seniors in high school who have a desire to learn more about the first people of Minnesota. Students will capture the essence of Ojibwe culture with an intensive language program. They also will read books, attend workshops and discuss shared assumptions about culture and communication. Anishinaabe faculty and staff members will teach students about the Ojibwe language, history, cultural traditions, music and native arts. Topics may include: pow wows, regalia, drum ceremonies, treaties and current issues. Daily activities may include: storytelling, canoeing, campfire, fishing, cooking and visiting a reservation. Evening programs may include campfires, scavenger hunts and Native American films. For more information visit: http://www.bemidjistate.edu/academics/summer/conferences/camps/


Headwaters Film Festival

2013/07/08

July 19-20, 2013
Bemidji State University, Mass Communications Department is hosting the first annual Headwaters Film Festival this summer. Join us July 19-20 as filmmakers and enthusiasts watch and discuss film that celebrates local cultures, diversity and the adaptation of literature into cinema. Critically acclaimed filmmakers and writers will be on-hand to talk about their work during open forums. Todd Boss and Angella Kassube co-founders & co-directors of Motionpoems will be featured presenters. Ali Selim’s Sweet Land, the film adaptation of Will Weaver’s short story “A Gravestone Made of Wheat” will be screened during the festival. The Headwaters Film Festival, the source where culture and creativity meet.

If you plan to attend the entire weekend be sure to add both Friday and Saturday dates to your shopping cart. A Will Call Box will be open prior to the event to pick up tickets. Click Here to Register Online.


Offerings from Center for Extended Learning – Summer Program Office

2013/07/08

Below are some of the exciting things happening at Bemidji State University this summer

Headwaters Film Festival - July 19-20, 2013
Ojibwe Niibinishi Gabeshi for High School Students - July 23-27, 2013
Girl Scouts College Sampler - July 30 - August 1, 2013
Scrubs Camp - July 31 - August 1, 2013
Bemidji Global Grooves - July 27, 2013


Attention all Safety Professionals

2013/07/08

Planning for the 9th Annual Northern Minnesota Safety Conference will begin soon. Mark your calendars for Thursday, August 15 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. This is your opportunity to influence the subjects, speakers, and vendors at the event. RSVP to Kerry Ross by sending an email to kross@bemidjistate.edu. The meeting will be held in Bridgeman Hall, room 253 on the campus of Bemidji State University.


New Website to Better Serve You

2013/07/08

Coming SoonOptivation has been working to update our website to better serve you. Our new website is filled with continuing education class opportunities, organizational development assistance, customized training ideas, multi-media development tools, and more. Check out our new site at www.optivation.org.