Trina Adams distance education manager for IGP
Trina Adams, IGP distance education manager 

MANHATTAN, KANSAS, U.S. — The Kansas State University (KSU) IGP Institute has promoted Trina Adams as the distance education manager. Adams previously was distance education coordinator.

Adams joined the Institute in February 2016 and worked to support the efforts of the distance education trainings offered through the Grain Elevator and Processing Society (GEAPS)-KSU program. She has more than 19 years of time working in professional development as well as prior work experience in distance education and instructional design. She recently completed a master’s degree in instructional design and technology from Emporia State University.

“Trina is a huge asset to GEAPS-KSU program,” said Brandi Miller, IGP Institute associate director and online education and professional development coordinator. “Under Trina’s leadership, we’ve been able to take our programming to the next level with a focus on learner-centric content.”

In 2017, the IGP Institute and its partners trained more than 900 participants in 44 distance courses.

Regarding the future, Adams said that she is looking forward to helping each of those online training partners reach their individual organizational goals.

“Our program goals are set by the professional organizations because we support their needs,” Adams said.

For some that may mean delivering material in other languages, while others may be exploring on-demand learning opportunities.

“With GEAPS-KSU program we are revising the current course catalog and exploring collaborative opportunities,” Adams said. “We are also evaluating the need for additional industry-wide credentials.”

Miller believes that Adams is the right person to take the program to the next level. She said Adams has the technical expertise and vision to best meet the educational needs of grain industry professionals.

For Adams the most rewarding part of her job is helping people grow their skills for the betterment of the global society.

“Not only does our team support professional growth, but we are helping to create a safer grain industry to help feed the world in the best way possible,” Adams said.