GEAPS, KSU offers online grain handling, processing operations courses

by Holly Demaree
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MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA, U.S. – Registration is now open for four grain handling and processing operations courses from the Grain Elevator and Processing Society (GEAPS) and Kansas State University (KSU) in October. These online courses run from Oct. 30 through Dec. 1, and registration closes Oct. 24.  Courses can be completed any time over the five-week schedule, and each offering should take approximately 10 hours to complete.
 
GEAPS 522: FGIS Grain Inspection Orientation: This course was developed by the USDA’s Federal Grain Inspection Service in conjunction with GEAPS and KSU. It introduces the basics of grain inspections, provides a history of inspection and an overview of general techniques.
 
GEAPS 530: Quality Management Systems for Bulk Materials Handling Operations: Participants learn about quality management systems and how to use them in agricultural storage environments. This course provides strategies for integrating systems into normal business activities and teaches the skills needed to create food safety plans and develop quality management systems. After completing the course, participants should be able to do a basic quality analysis of facility operations and identify points where physical quality or economics are impacted.
 
GEAPS 540: Entry Level Safety: Lectures identify the main risks of working in the industry, discuss precautions and emphasize the need to learn and follow company and facility safety and health policies. This course is a resource for new grain industry workers, but also serves as a safety refresher for more experienced employees.
 
GEAPS: 630 Quality Control, Quality Assurance Practices in Flour Milling: This course focuses on the quality control and quality assurance principles of milling, including milling process quality, flour analysis, sampling and additives. Participants will learn methods to quantitatively analyze both flour quality and mill performance. The tools and techniques introduced in this course will enable better and more efficient communication between the milling operative and the quality control/quality assurance department.
 
GEAPS 530, 540 and 630 are all required for base credentials from GEAPS and KSU.  Learn more about the credential program on the GEAPS website.
 
Tuition for GEAPS/KSU continuing education courses is $685 for GEAPS members and $895 for non-members. GEAPS also offers flexible group training options, including courses on-demand and volume discounts. For more information about the courses or to register, visit the GEAPS website, contact Katya Morrell or call 763.999.4300.
 
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