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GEAPS/K-State Credentialing Program Announces First Graduates

Date Posted: August 2, 2013

There were no tassels to flip on their mortarboards, but three grain industry operations personnel received the first Grain Elevator and Processing Society (GEAPS)/Kansas State University (K-State) Credentialing Program degrees in May:

Cory Falke, operations manager of Beachner Grain, Inc. Parsons, KS.

Calvin Kerr, plant supervisor at Southpier Terminals, Goderich, ON, Canada.

John Rossman, operations foreman at Kokomo Grain, Inc., Winimac, IN.

Each received a Credential in Grain Operations Management (CGOM).


The credentialing program, the first formal training and certification program in the grain industry, is a joint effort by K-State and GEAPS to allow members to advance their careers, improve their job skills, and help their employers.

Qualifying for the certificate was no small task.

To obtain the CGOM, Falke, Kerr, and Rossman completed a series of six courses in the GEAPS/K-State distance education curriculum.

With the completed CGOM, the new graduates are eligible to obtain a specialist credential in Grain Quality Management.


The graduates receive a certificate of achievement commemorating their accomplishment, recognition at GEAPS Exchange, and the opportunity to use their designation as part of their professional title.

Details about the program, along with course schedules, are available at:

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