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2015-01-22

Extension service offers business training classes

By Angela Fiedler Kerr County Extension Agent

The AgriLife Extension Service is offering two classes to help local workers improve their job skills. A leadership academy for child care directors is set for Monday, Feb. 2 in Boerne. A professional food handlers certification class will be held in Kerrville Feb. 24-25.
Child care directors leadership academy
The fourth annual Hill Country Child Care Directors Leadership Academy will be held on Monday, Feb. 2, at St. Mark's Presbyterian Church in Boerne, beginning at 8:45 am. The conference will be held in the Family Life Center.
Speakers will be Betty Rodriquez and Joyce Cavanaugh. Cavanaugh will discuss keeping kids safe through emergency planning for child care facilities. Rodriquez will focus on team building, building positive relationships with parents, and managing conflict in the workplace.
Her first session will help participants understand that team building is a component of successful management and teaching. She will share ways to make staff feel important and valuable in everyday situations.
Rodriguez's second session will have interactive discussion on why staffers need to build a positive relationship with parents in child care. Participants will learn a variety of strategies and develop tools for building a meaningful partnership that will impact student success in early childhood.
Rodriquez's final session will have participants engage in "seeing the overall picture" in implementing strategies to make the workplace a common ground and not a battle field.
Registration begins at 8:45 am. Director clock hours will be awarded for participants that come to the conference. Registration cost is $45 if postmarked by Jan. 23, and $60 if postmarked after the date. The registration fee includes lunch, refreshments, seven clock hours training credit and workshop materials.
For an additional fee of $10, .7 CEUs will be awarded.
Food manager
certification training course
Statistics indicate that foodborne illness continues to be a health issue in the United States. Each year, one in six Americans will become sick, 128,000 will become hospitalized, and 3,000 will die due to a foodborne illness.
Under the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) jurisdiction each food establishment is required to have one certified food manager on site.
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Kerr County, is offering a professional food manager certification training course. This program will be offered for $125 on Tuesday through Wednesday, Feb. 24 - 25 at the Kerr County Extension Office. Cost includes training, materials, and a national food manager certification examination. The food manager's certification will be valid for five years.
This program is designed to not only prepare foodservice managers to pass the certification examination; it will provide valuable education regarding the safe handling of food. Almost 50 cents of every dollar Americans spend on food is spent on meals prepared away from home. Therefore, careful attention to food safety will help keep customers safe and satisfied.
Foodborne illnesses are estimated to cost thousands of dollars in lost wages, insurance, and medical bills. With these statistics, knowledge of how to prevent foodborne illness is essential.
By attending the course, foodservice managers will learn about:
• identifying potentially hazardous foods and common errors in food handling
• preventing contamination and cross-contamination of food
• teaching and encouraging personal hygiene for employees
• complying with government regulations
• maintaining clean utensils, equipment and surroundings
• controlling pests
Foodborne illnesses can be prevented by following simple food safety practices.
For more information about either the Child Care Directors Leadership Academy or Professional Food Manager Certification Training course of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, call Angela Fiedler at 830-257-6568 or email at afiedler@ag.tamu.edu.