AUSTIN, Texas –Hundreds of state agency personnel involved with training development, delivery and procurement are expected to gather at the Fourth Annual State Agency Training Expo on Wednesday, Oct. 28, at The University of Texas at Austin’s J. J. Pickle Research Campus.
The Expo is sponsored by the Governor’s Center For Management Development. Representatives of at least 32 individual state agencies are involved with the planning and organization of this year’s program.
“Sharing Resources In State Government,” the Expo’s recurring theme, focuses on interagency cooperation and coordination in providing training opportunities among all state agencies. The Expo’s purpose is to develop and encourage cooperation on an agency by agency level that will result in sharing and consolidation of training program courses whenever possible.
Although every agency implements uniquely different programs and services, many share a common need for the most up-to-date information that affects daily management and operational effectiveness. Rapid changes in technology advancement is a key example of topical interest for training programs that mutually benefit numerous agencies, regardless of their differences in specific program objectives.
Training providers are becoming increasingly aware of the importance of using state agency training resources efficiently, without duplication. It is the goal of Expo ’98 to help show how concerted training efforts can be implemented for the benefit of agency staff, and ultimately, to better serve the people of Texas through well trained and better qualified personnel.
Training Expo ’98 will work toward achieving this goal by providing an opportunity to network and share resources among trainers, exploring creative ways to present training programs, identifying agencies that have training classes and other resources available and accessible to other state agency personnel, identifying agencies that can loan trainers to other agencies and learning how to avoid duplication of training efforts.
Expo programs will include mini-training course presentations, workshops, lectures and instructional videos to provide useful tools and information for enhancement of training capabilities.
Exhibits and demonstrations also will be provided by various agency participants. Displays are being planned to show examples of training classes, manuals, curricula, media technology, video material, training policies, cost-tracking measures and evaluation methods.
Barry Bales, director of the Governor’s Center For Management Development said, “This year’s Expo ’98 program will be made even more informative by providing new and innovative material to help keep state agency trainers, training directors and human resources managers updated. The Governor’s Center For Management Development continues to improve and refine its annual training conferences based on the needs and suggestions of its participants, supplemented by the latest in available resource information and state-of-the-art training methods.”
Training Expo ’98 will be held at the J. J. Pickle Research Center, The Commons, 10100 Burnet Road, in Austin. Further information concerning the conference can be obtained by contacting the web site at http://www.dir.state.tx.us/trnexpo/, or by calling the Governor’s Center For Management Development at 512-475-8100, or by FAX at 512-475-8111.