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Education Partnership Renewed Between GEAPS and Kansas State

Date Posted: June 3, 2014

GEAPS and Kansas State University signed a new five-year Memorandum of Understanding at a partners meeting held in Manhattan, Kan., April 22-25. The new agreement extends a nine-year collaboration between the organizations.

Members of the GEAPS International Executive Committee and staff traveled to the K-State campus to meet with university administration officials, faculty and International Grains Program (IGP) staff.

The Memorandum of Understanding was the main agenda item, as it defines the GEAPS/K-State relationship (commitments, obligations and responsibilities) for Distance Education Program planning, design, development, production and delivery.

Both parties gave final approval and signed the agreement, which will now continue through 2019.

Other aspects of the GEAPS/K-State partnership were on the meeting docket as well. The group reviewed the status of the Distance Education Program, and the credentialing initiative in particular, developing consensus on program direction and opportunities.

Additionally, GEAPS asked IGP to submit a proposal for hands-on training options that could be provided by IGP in Manhattan. The training would enhance GEAPS/K-State courses by offering experimental learning opportunities in addition to the online course materials.

These "hands-on" options would enable participants to use or repair real, working, grain-handling equipment.

Carlos Campabadal, outreach specialist in Grain Storage and Feed Manufacturing at K-State, is leading the proposal for the university. He agreed to investigate what sorts of equipment-oriented training IGP could provide, and then match it with specific distance education courses.

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