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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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  • Annie’s Project 2018 provides the training, resources and networking opportunities to empower West Virginia women to help build viable, efficient and sustainable farm businesses. Annie’s Project will give West Virginia women farmers 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. Annie’s Project provides expert risk management training in a wide range of topics - business planning, record keeping, financial analysis, farm and food safety, value-chain partnerships, estate planning, income taxes and networking.

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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 is a portal to assist students in the Maritime Certified Safety Specialist (CSS) Program. The access to the portal is limited to those who are enrolled in the program.
      Visit WVU Safety &  Health Extension Safety Certifications to learn about the program or email cssProgramSHE@mail.wvu.edu for more information


  • This is a portal to assist OSHA Outreach Trainers who are affiliated with WVU Safety & Health Extension.
    Join the program to gain access to the portal contents.  Contact the program coordinator Jenny Fuller via Jenny.Fuller@mail.wvu.edu for more information.  


  • This advanced program is designed to teach the Safety Specialist Program certified personnel to acquire the knowledge, skills and credentials to become an OSHA Authorized Outreach Trainer for the Maritime Industry. It is available for students who have completed the Certified Safety Specialist (CSS) - Maritme Program offered by WVU Safety & Health Extension, for more information visit the WVU Safety & Health Extension Safety Certifications or email at cssProgramSHE@mail.wvu.edu to ask about the program.

    *Must hold the CSS Maritime to be eligible to apply for the program
    *Training courses must be completed through the WVU Safety & Health Extension


  • AWARE H2S is a training course developed by West Virginia University Safety & Health Extension.
    This trainer course will provide participants with the skills and knowledge to educate employers and employees on the hazards associated with (Hydrogen Sulfide) H2S.
    For more infomation visit WVU Safety & Health Extension or email at AWAREH2S@mail.wvu.edu
     to ask about the program.


  • AWARE is a training course developed by WVU-Safety & Health Extension 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. 

    For more informtion to become an approved RigPass instructor to teach the AWARE Orientation
    visit us at WVU Safety & Health Extension  and email at AWARERigpass@mail.wvu.edu to ask about the program.


  • ONLINE DIRECTORY LOOKUP for the Certified Safety Specialist Program


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  • This is a portal to assist students in the Construction Certified Safety Specialist (CSS) Program.
    Visit WVU Safety &  Health Extension Safety Certifications email cssProgramSHE@mail.wvu.edu to ask about the program


  • This is a portal to assist students in the Certified Safety Specialist (CSS) for General Industry Program.
    Visit WVU Safety &  Health Extension Safety Cetifications for more information or email cssProgramSHE@mail.wvu.edu


  • This is a portal to assist students in the Certified Safety Specialist (CSS) - Oil & Gas Program.
    Visit WVU Safety & Health Extension Safety Cefrtifications for more information email cssProgramSHE@mail.wvu.edu


  • This advanced program is designed to teach the Safety Specialist Program certified personnel to acquire 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 & Health Extension, for more information visit the WVU Safety & Health Safety Certifications or email cssProgramSHE@mail.wvu.edu to ask about the program.

    *Must hold the CSS - Construction  to be eligible to apply for the program
    *Training courses must be completed through the WVU Safety & Health Extension


  • This advanced program is designed to teach the Safety Specialist Program certified personnel to acquire 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 & Health Extension, for more information, visit WVU Safety & Health Extension Safety Certifications or email at cssProgramSHE@mail.wvu.edu to ask about the program.


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


  • This advanced program is designed to teach the Safety Specialist Program certified personnel to acquire 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 & Health Extension, for more information visit WVU Safety & Health Extension Safety Certifications or email at cssProgramSHE@mail.wvu.edu to ask about the program.

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


  • This is a program portal for Shirley M Kimble Training Center First Aid & CPR Training Unit.  Only the affiliated instructors are granted access.  Report, your training, download materials and forms subscribe newsletter and communicate with the staff with ease.  Email at ShirleyMKimbleTC@mail.wvu.edu for more information.

  • Marion County Camp Counselor Training Certificate Course is a self-directed learning opportunity that will help to meet the requirements to serve as a camp counselor. This course covers the following information:

    • Children on Campus
    • West Virginia 4-H Camping Program Mission and Objectives
    • Camp Staff Roles and Responsibility
    • Cottage Life
    • 4-H Above Suspicion Policy
    • Recognizing Child Abuse and Neglect
    • Mandated Reporter
    • Emergency Preparedness
    • Camper Check Out Policy
    • Camp Visitor Policy & Procedures Associated
    • Transportation Policy
    • Specific WVU Policies
    • Controlled Substance Policy
    • Deadly Weapons/Destructive Devices Policy
    • Technology and Communication Devices at WVUES 4-H Camp
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  • In this course you will find training, materials, and resources for curriculum endorsed by the WV 4-H program or created by the WVU Extension Service 4-H Youth Development unit. 

    Questions can be directed to the curriculum author(s) or the 4-H curriculum specialist, Jenny Murray Jenny.Murray@mail.wvu.edu (304) 293-7993.

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  • This course has been created as a sample to be used for demonstration, testing, and instruction purposes.

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  • Thank you for agreeing to be a staff member at an upcoming 4-H overnight event.  You are now an integral part of making this event successful for the youth participants, their families, and other event staff.  To help us all get on the same page, there are certain specific trainings that must be completed before the event starts.

    Below is the list of minimum trainings outlined by the WVUES 4-H Camping policies:

    • WV Camping Mission and Objectives
    • Camp Staff Roles and Responsibilities
    • Overnight Supervision of 4-H Members
    • Above Suspicion
    • Title IX and Reporting
    • Recognizing Child Abuse and Neglect
    • Mandated Reporting
    • Emergency Preparedness: Emergency Response Plan (Including Active Shooter)
    • Camper Check Out Policy
    • Camp Visitor Policy & Procedures Associated
    • Specific WVU Policies and Practices
      • Contraband & Confiscation Policy
      • Controlled Substance Policy
      • Deadly Weapons/Destructive Devices Policy
      • Technology and Communication Devices  (Best Management Practice)
      Many of these topics are covered in this online training while other topics are specific to your overnight 4-H event or must be completed in a face-to-face setting (the topics in Red Font).  You will need to work with your event director to complete any additional trainings that are required specifically for your event.
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  • This course is designed for 4-H volunteers, especially targeted at those volunteering in camp settings. However, all 4-H volunteers are welcome to complete the course and apply the information to any 4-H program.

    Most volunteers will complete this training in a group setting as it is intended. However due to scheduling conflicts, we understand that not all volunteers will have the opportunity to complete these trainings in that setting.

    A series of 3 online trainings were developed in 2011 based on the national 4-H curriculum - Essential Elements of Positive Youth Development.  For more information about the full curriculum, visit http://4-h.org/professionals/professional-development/youth-development/#!essential-elements

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  • A Safe Emotional and Physical Environment

    This course is designed for 4-H volunteers, especially targeted at those volunteering in camp settings. However, all 4-H volunteers are welcome to complete the course and apply the information to any 4-H program.

    Most volunteers will complete this training in a group setting as it is intended. However due to scheduling conflicts, we understand that not all volunteers will have the opportunity to complete these trainings in that setting.

    A series of 3 online trainings were developed in 2011 based on the national 4-H curriculum - Essential Elements of Positive Youth Development.  For more information about the full curriculum, visit http://4-h.org/professionals/professional-development/youth-development/#!essential-elements

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  • This course is designed for 4-H volunteers, especially targeted at those volunteering in camp settings. However, all 4-H volunteers are welcome to complete the course and apply the information to any 4-H program.

    Most volunteers will complete this training in a group setting as it is intended. However due to scheduling conflicts, we understand that not all volunteers will have the opportunity to complete these trainings in that setting.

    A series of 3 online trainings were developed in 2011 based on the national 4-H curriculum - Essential Elements of Positive Youth Development.  For more information about the full curriculum, visit http://4-h.org/professionals/professional-development/youth-development/#!essential-elements

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  • Randolph County Camp Counselor Training Certificate Course is a self-directed learning opportunity that will help to meet the requirements to serve as a allow camp counselor to meet their training requirements. This course covers the following information:

    • WV Camping Mission and Objectives
    • Camp Staff Roles and Responsibilities
    • Overnight Supervision of 4-H Members
    • Above Suspicion
    • Title IX
    • Mandated Reporting
    • Emergency Preparedness:  Emergency Response Plan
      • Active Shooter
    • Camper Check Out Policy
    • Camp Visitor Policy & Procedures Associated
    • Specific WVU Policies
      • Search and Seizure
      • Tobacco
      • Alcohol
      • Illegal Drugs
      • Weapons
      • Technology
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