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Training consortium receives award

A training consortium administered through WKU’s Division of Extended Learning and Outreach was honored recently by the Association for Continuing Higher Education (ACHE).

Sharon Woodward (left) and Manon Pardue accepted the Distinguished Non-Credit Program Award at the recent Association for Continuing Higher Education conference.

DELO received the Distinguished Non-Credit Program Award for Uniting Industries, Sharing Costs, Building Successes – A Training Consortium Project.

Manon Pardue, director of the Center for Training & Development, and Sharon Woodward, director of Continuing Education, accepted the award at the ACHE’s 72nd annual international conference in Albuquerque, N.M.

The Warren County Industrial Training Consortium (WCITC) was developed in 2004 as a way for companies to share training costs and be more competitive for state training grants. WCITC is comprised of companies throughout Warren County and is governed by a board consisting of industry leaders, chamber administrators and educational institutions. WKU’s Center for Training & Development administers the program in partnership with the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce, and the WKU Continuing Education office provides noncredit online course options to the membership.

“This award represents what can happen when a group of individuals come together to accomplish a common goal,” Pardue said. “The Consortium has grown to 30 companies due to strong leadership, solid partnerships and each organization’s desire to do the right thing.”

ACHE’s awards were established to recognize and honor individuals and groups for their exemplary service to the association and the profession. They are given in an effort to stimulate, encourage and reward outstanding contributions to the advancement of continuing higher education.

“ACHE awards are a tribute to institutions who have dedicated programs serving our communities and students through creative and innovative approaches to learning,” said 2010 ACHE President Roxanne Gonzales. “The ACHE awards serve as recognition for the devotion to students, our career field and ACHE; the awards are but one way of saying thank you for all you do.”

ACHE is dedicated to promoting lifelong learning and excellence in continuing higher education. As an organization of colleges, universities and individuals, they encourage professional development, research and exchange of information for its members. ACHE advocates continuing higher education as a means of enhancing and improving society.

For information, contact Ynez Walske, executive secretary and home office manager of ACHE, at admin@acheinc.org or Jennifer Perry, WKU DELO marketing manager, at jennifer.perry@wku.edu or 270-745-1926.

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