Central Region Training Consortium

The Arc, Oneida-Lewis Chapter, Madison Cortland ARC and the Herkimer Area Resource Center (HARC), are working together to train new supervisors while remaining economically conscious in these tough times. They have introduced a four session training consortium that began Thursday, June 11th at The Arc, Oneida-Lewis Chapter. The consortium offers training for middle to entry-level management. It provides them with the business skills they need to run programs and oversee other employees. “After reading the participant evaluations for the first day, I am even more convinced of the many benefits to be gained though membership in this training consortium. Being provided the opportunity to gain valuable information, while networking with others in the field, was a recurring theme from the supervisors in attendance,” said Karen Peterson, Director, Human Resources, HARC. Two of the four, daylong sessions will be held at The Arc, Oneida-Lewis Chapter, one at the Madison Cortland ARC and another at the Herkimer Area Resource Center.

“Combining all three agencies creates a larger number of participants, making it more cost effective for all parties involved,” said Ken Vibbard, Education and Training Director at The Arc, Oneida-Lewis Chapter. “This consortium was formed out of a need to enhance our management training at each chapter. It is cost effective for all involved to pool resources, hold group trainings and is a great networking opportunity,” added Chris Evans, Director of Staff Development and Training at Madison Cortland ARC, “This is also a great way for new managers to work with our sister agencies.”

In researching similar programs, Vibbard came across the NYSARC Finger Lakes Training Consortium which encompasses NYSARC chapters in the Finger Lakes region. He then began the search for other Central New York NYSARC chapters that would be interested in getting involved. “Training is at the heart of all we do at The Arc. Quality service is a result of training and re-training of staff,” said Angela Z. VanDerhoof, Executive Director of The Arc, Oneida-Lewis Chapter. “What a wonderful opportunity to provide quality training for our management. At the same time, it’s cost effective,” added Raymond Lewandowski, Executive Director of Madison Cortland ARC, “This is just one more way we work to fulfill our mission; providing leadership in the field of disabilities.”

If there are other Central Region chapters that would like more information or would like to participate, they may contact Ken Vibbard by email at kvibbard@thearcolc.org or phone 315.272.1611.

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