MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA, U.S. — The Grain Elevator and Processing Society (GEAPS) and its distance education program partner Kansas State University (KSU) have received a national award, the groups announced on Sept. 5.
The Association for Continuing Higher Education (ACHE) selected GEAPS/KSU for its Distinguished Program: Non-Credit Award for 2012. The Award will be presented at the association's Annual Meeting and Conference Nov. 12-14 in Austin, Texas, U.S.
GEAPS/KSU’s distance education program, which began in 2006 with one course, was selected based on several factors, including course topics, content and program design, as well as feedback from participants.
“This award validates the direction we are headed and the process we are using to get there,” said GEAPS International President Bill Lyster.
Doug Forst, chair of GEAPS distance education program oversight committee expressed similar thoughts, saying, “This accolade is really a testament to the hard work of many people at GEAPS and Kansas State University, and what can be accomplished when people work together.”
The Association for Continuing Higher Education is an organization made up of professionals from adult continuing education units worldwide and other industry professionals whose primary interest is adult continuing education. ACHE has 1500 individual members representing over 400 different institutions and organizations throughout the United States and Canada.
"Receiving this award from an organization that represents continuing education experts from around the world is tremendous peer recognition that the GEAPS/K-State distance education program is indeed leading the global grain handling industry in advancing lifelong learning, professional development, and credentialing," said Dirk Maier, professor and head of Kansas State University’s Department of Grain Science and Industry. He is also director of the GEAPS/KSU Distance Education Program.