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GEAPS, K-State Announce 2019 Distance Education Schedule

Published 09/28/2018 by Tom Sedlacek

The GEAPS/Kansas State University (K-State) Distance Education Program will offer 33 courses in 2019. Every course required for the credentials in Grain Operations Management and Grain Processing Management will be available over the course of the year.

Chris Blair, regional manager for NEW Cooperative chairs GEAPS’ committee that oversees distance education. According to Blair, the program is designed to build and reinforce the skills of all levels of employees in the grain industry.

“We have courses that are designed for new employees to the industry, that will help them build a baseline of skill to succeed in the industry,” Blair said. “Other courses will help more experienced operators learn best practices that can help the facility’s bottom line.”

Jim McKerchar, retired, Parrish & Heimbecker, explains how his company used distance education courses to groom employees for management positions.

“We have an employee whose dream was to be the general manager of his own facility. We started him through GEAPS training, and he earned every credential. That’s 24 courses and over 240 hours of training,” McKerchar said. “He took two things from every course and applied them in our company to help show the benefit in dollars and cents. He matured from an operations manager to general manager. GEAPS helped us develop a ball of clay with the right ingredients to the point where he manages a $20M facility.”

Courses consist of peer-reviewed online narrated PowerPoint presentations, assignments and quizzes that can be completed any time over the five weeks of the course.

About the GEAPS/K-State Distance Education Program

GEAPS and Kansas State University provide online, peer-reviewed continuing education unit (CEU) qualified courses taught by grain industry leaders and faculty members. The program helps participants improve job skills and become more valuable to employers through exposure to issues, standards and best practices from across the industry. Courses combine GEAPS members’ vast on-the-job experience with K-State’s academic expertise. Lectures and coursework take place online, and can be completed at any time during the five-week session. In 2019, there are 33 courses available.

GEAPS/K-State Distance Education Program at a Glance

  • Over the past 12 years, over 5,000 registrants from 30 different nations have taken a GEAPS/K-State course
  • Courses run for five weeks and consist of narrated PowerPoint lectures
  • Students can complete coursework at their convenience
  • Industry specialists peer-review all materials to ensure quality and relevance
  • All courses provide the opportunity to network with faculty and other students
  • Students who complete a course receive one continuing education unit (CEU) from Kansas State University and a certificate of completion
  • 128 students have now earned the Credential in Grain Operations Management, 82 Specialist Credentials have been awarded and 14 have completed all tracks to earn the Master Credential

For more information on the 2019 schedule, group discounts or any of GEAPS’ training options, please contact the GEAPS office at (763) 999-4300.

Save Big with Blocks of Registrations

GEAPS offers a volume discount program to make training groups of employees more cost effective. The program allows you to save up to 20 percent on the member rate for courses by purchasing blocks of 10 or more courses at once. Blocks can be used to register any member of your company for courses, whether they are a GEAPS member or not. 

2019 Course Schedule

Jan. 8 – Feb. 12

Registration opens Dec. 5, closes Jan. 2

GEAPS 500: Introduction to Grain Handling Operations

GEAPS 501: Management Basics for Grain Facility Supervisors: Understanding Key Roles and Responsibilities

GEAPS 541: Developing an Effective Safety Culture at Your Company

GEAPS 550: Materials Handling I

Feb. 19 – March 26

Registration opens Jan. 16, closes Feb. 13

GEAPS 506: The Grain Industry in Canada: Climate, Crops, People

GEAPS 510: Facilities Planning and Design I

GEAPS 520: Grain Quality Management

GEAPS 551: Materials Handling II

April 2 – May 7

Registration opens Feb. 27, closes March 27

GEAPS 521: Aeration System Design and Fan Operational Management

GEAPS 540: Entry Level Safety

GEAPS 546: Fighting Grain Silo Fires and Smolders

GEAPS 552: Materials Handling III

May 14 – June 18

Registration opens April 10, closes May 8

GEAPS 511: Grain Facilities Planning and Design II

GEAPS 525: Management of Pests in Stored Grain

GEAPS 544: Preventing and Responding to Grain Dust Explosions

GEAPS 610: Interpretation of Process Flow Diagrams

June 25 – July 30

Registration opens May 22, closes June 19

GEAPS 530: Quality Management Systems for Bulk Materials Handling Operations

GEAPS 545: Grain Entrapment: Causes, Prevention and Rescue

GEAPS 554: Grain Elevator Equipment Maintenance: An Inside Look at Key Components

GEAPS 600: Overview of Milling Principles

Aug. 6 – Sept. 10

Registration opens July 2, closes July 31

GEAPS 500: Introduction to Grain Operations

GEAPS 501: Management Basics for Grain Facility Supervisors: Understanding Key Roles and Responsibilities

GEAPS 542: Electrical Safety for Grain and Processing Facilities

GEAPS 550: Materials Handling I

GEAPS 555: Advanced and Preventive Maintenance for Grain Facilities: Conveyance Equipment

Sept. 17 – Oct. 22

Registration opens Aug. 14, closes Sept. 11

GEAPS 510: Facilities Planning and Design I

GEAPS 520: Grain Quality Management

GEAPS 524: Grain Drying

GEAPS 620: Grain Receiving, Cleaning and Conditioning

Oct. 29 – Dec. 3

Registration opens Sept. 25, closes Oct. 23

GEAPS 522: FGIS Grain Inspection Orientation

GEAPS 530: Quality Management Systems for Bulk Materials Handling Operations

GEAPS 540: Entry Level Safety

GEAPS 630: Quality Control/Quality Assurance Practices in Flour Milling

About IGP Institute at Kansas State University

In addition to distance education programming, the IGP Institute also offers face-to-face courses in grain processing and flour milling, grain marketing and risk management, and feed manufacturing and grain quality management. To learn more about these other training opportunities, visit the IGP Institute website at

The Grain Elevator and Processing Society (GEAPS) is an international professional association that supports its members and the industry by serving as The Knowledge Resource for the world of grain handling and processing industry operations. GEAPS addresses the industry’s critical grain handling, storage and processing operations needs by providing the finest networking, professional development programs, and access to a global marketplace of equipment, services and technology solutions providers. GEAPS’ global network of industry professionals includes more than 2,800 individual members from about 1,150 companies.

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