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  • Are you interested in learning how to make your communication pleasurable, relevant, organized, and thematic? According to Freeman Tilden, information, as such, is not interpretation.  Interpretation is revelation based upon information. Interpretation involves translating technical language into terms that people can readily understand.  Interpretation stresses the importance of ideas and relationships rather than facts and figures.  

    This course is designed to give West Virginia guides, educators, and anyone interested in increasing the effectiveness of their communication the knowledge and skills needed to engage people in a positive and constructive way with West Virginia resources. The course will provide training on effective interpretation techniques, which will contribute to more effective communication with the visitor.

    The online portion of the course consists of five units.  Upon completing the online portion of the course, you will have a working plan for a 10-minute interpretive talk. You will give your interpretive talk during a half-day, in-person workshop held shortly after the online course. The in-person workshop will be led by WVU faculty.

    A $50 fee is required to participate in this course which goes to cover travel costs for the instructors for the in-person workshop.  Once payment has been received a code will be sent to the participant to receive access to the online course.  It is recommended that a group of guides take the course together to increase the effectiveness of the in-person assessment.  

    Please contact Doug Arbogast, Rural Tourism Specialist for the WVU Extension Service, at doug.arbogast@mail.wvu.edu or 304-293-8686 for more information about this course.   

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  • The way in which we welcome guests to our state is a symbol of our homestyle hospitality. You hold the key to success in this process. Guests have many choices and your warm welcome, friendly conversations, and helpful ways will let them know that we enjoy their business and are anxious for them to return with their family and friends.

    Each guest comes to West Virginia with their own set of expectations for their stay. The West Virginia Welcome program will assist you in understanding how to satisfy and even exceed those expectations for everyone’s benefit – including yours! If guests enjoy your outstanding service, they may choose to return soon. Return guests are more profitable for our state and, in general, easier for you to take care of. You benefit because you have presented yourself as a representative of excellent customer service.

    You have the opportunity to put people at ease, to be personable, to proactively solve problems and to welcome guests to our state. The impressions formed by West Virginia guests, good or bad, will last for years to come. Therefore, the state’s image depends on you!!! Every guest should be treated like a V.I.P.

    After all, isn’t that how you would like to be treated?

     

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  • The WV Agritourism Initiative project will provide education, planning tools, supplemental resources to encourage and develop agritourism/farm-based education enterprises for 60 existing or new agritourism operators. Five risk management considerations (production, marketing, financial, legal and human) will be addressed. Project topics will include: Emerging Opportunities and Consumer Demand - Assessing Your Agritourism Potential; the Business-Side of Agritourism; Farm/Food Safety; Event and Emergency Planning; Innovative Strategies to Market your Agritourism and Farm-Based Education Enterprise - Social Media, Collaborations and Partnerships. Six months after the workshop series, 40 participants will have implemented two risk management tools/practices and 15 will have launched a new/improved agritourism/farm-based educational enterprise.
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  • The WV Annie’s Project is a holistic risk-management educational program for WV women in agriculture, which provides risk-management education, coaching/mentoring assistance, and networking opportunities designed to increase the number of women leading profitable agribusinesses in WV. Annie’s Project will give West Virginia women producers the tools to help them become better risk takers and risk managers by focusing on five areas of farm risk – production risk, marketing and pricing risk, financial risk, human and personal risk, and legal risk. We provide in-depth risk management training in business planning, record keeping, financial analysis, farm and food safety, and networking – participants learned how to evaluate business expansion/diversification opportunities and determine their costs and returns; identify farm/food safety risks and develop farm/food safety plans; and develop business plans and conduct farm financial analyses. Methodologies employed in this program are based on female producers’ preferred learning styles – providing simple, user-friendly information in a participatory, conversational setting; learning basic business skills from their peers; educational activities involving an exchange of ideas with other women; and training opportunities promoting interaction and communication.

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  • This advanced program is designed to teach the Safety Specialist Program certified personnel to acuiqre the knowledge, skills and credentials to become an OSHA Authorized Outreach Trainer. It is available for students who have completed the Certified Safety Specialist (CSS) - Construction Program offered by WVU Safety and Health Extension, for more information please visit the Certificate Programs website.

    *Must hold the Safety Specialist certificate to be eligible to apply for the program
    *Training courses must be completed through the WVU Safety and Health Extension

  • This advanced program is designed to teach the Safety Specialist Program certified personnel to acuiqre the knowledge, skills and credentials to become an OSHA Authorized Outreach Trainer. It is available for students who have completed the Certified Safety Specialist (CSS) - General Industry Program offered by WVU Safety and Health Extension, for more information, please visit the Certificate Programs website.


    *Must hold the Safety Specialist certificate to be eligible to apply for the program
    *Training courses must be completed through the WVU Safety and Health Extension

  • This advanced program is designed to teach the Safety Specialist Program certified personnel to acuiqre the knowledge, skills and credentials to become an OSHA Authorized Outreach Trainer as well as AWARE RigPass/SafeLandUSA and Hydrogen Sulfide Awareness Instructors. It is available for students who have completed the Certified Safety Specialist (CSS) - Oil & Gas Program offered by WVU Safety and Health Extension, for more information please visit the Certificate Programs website.

    *Must hold the Safety Specialist certificate to be eligible to apply for the program
    *Training courses must be completed through the WVU Safety and Health Extension

  • AWARE H2S is a training course developed by West Virginia University Safety & Health Extension.  Please visit WVU Safety and Health Extension to apply

  • AWARE is a training course developed by WVU-SHE and accredited by the International Association of Drilling Contractors (IADC).  Aware is a picture based orientation course and has proven to relate safety hazards in a practical and clear manner for employees. The curriculum was developed by safety and industry professionals working in the Appalachian Basin. 

     To apply for the program visit WVU Safety and Health Extension 

  • This is a portal to assist students in the Certified Safety Specialist - Construction Program.  Please visit WVU Safety and Health Extension to apply for the program.  You must first apply for the program before you are granted access to the potal contents.

  • This is a portal to assist students in the certificate program for General Industry Safety Specialist. Please visit WVU Safety and Health Extension to apply for the program.  You must forst apply for the program before you are granted access to the portal. 

  • This is a portal to assist students in the Certified Safety Specialist (CSS) - Oil & Gas.  Please visit WVU Safety and Health Extension to apply for the program.  You must first apply for the program before you are granted access to the potal contents.  

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