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Last Chance Today to Register For GEAPS/K-State Distance Ed Courses

Date Posted: April 16, 2013

Don't miss your chance to learn more about grain operations, aeration and materials handling while working toward a Credential in Grain Operations Management. Registration for the upcoming GEAPS/Kansas State University Distance Education Program courses closes at midnight on Tuesday, April 16.

GEAPS 500: Introduction to Grain Operations is a new course that serves as an introduction to the key purposes, equipment and processes of grain handling facilities.

Stressing safety, it focuses on how grain moves through a facility; main elevator types; components and equipment; grain receiving procedures; sampling, testing and grading; binning; housekeeping and maintenance; fumigation; outbound procedures; and other fundamental grain facility functions.

It provides basic yet comprehensive information about operations and handling procedures at grain facilities, and serves as an introduction to new hires, students and others in need of beginner-level training.

GEAPS 521: Aeration System Design focuses on the design and operation of aeration systems for dry grain storage structures with flat, hopper and V-bottoms in corrugated steel bins, concrete silos, large diameter tanks, horizontal storage structures and outdoor piles/bunkers.

The relationship between air and grain properties will be reviewed and the selection and sizing of fans and their operational management for conditioning and cooling grains will be thoroughly discussed.

Ideally, students should take GEAPS 520: Quality Grain Management before taking this course, but it is not a requirement.

GEAPS 550: Materials Handling I is the first in a three-part series and focuses on the properties and flow characteristics of grains and other dry bulk materials. Students will learn the basic principles of dry bulk material flow; material properties and characteristics; bin capacities and pressures; types, selection and sizing of spouting, valves, distributors and gates; and components, designing, sizing and powering of screw conveyors. The course is designed for people with responsibilities relating to management, operation and maintenance within grain storage or handling and processing facilities.

GEAPS 500: Introduction to Grain Operations and GEAPS 550: Materials Handling I are two of six peer-reviewed distance education courses that make up the Credential in Grain Operations Management (CGOM).

Once a participant in the program completes the Credential in Grain Operations Management (CGOM), they may go on to receive a Specialist Credential in either Grain Quality Management or Grain Handling Equipment Management.

GEAPS 521: Aeration System Design counts towards the former, while GEAPS 550: Materials Handling I counts towards the latter.

The GEAPS/K-State Credentialing Program allows professionals in grain handling operations and related fields to advance their careers, improve their job skills and help their employers by earning formal credentials.

The program offers logical, structured ways to continue learning, and leads to real-world application, achievement and recognition. For more information, please click here.

The courses run April 22-May 24.

Registration for all three courses closes April 16.

Enrollment for each course is limited to 60 students.

To register or get complete information on these distance education courses, click here, or contact Rose Miller or Chuck House at GEAPS: rose@geaps.com; chuck@geaps.com; (952) 928-4640.

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