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Oklahoma Department of Aging Services: Growing Skills Off-Site
The Oklahoma Department of Aging Services (ODAS) seeks to aid an ever-growing population of older Oklahomans through programs promoting skill-building in areas of advocacy, social change, negotiations, media relations and legislative issues. However, with
Leitner now believes the only facility in the state capable of offering all the amenities required by her group is the U.S. Postal Service’s National Center for Employee Development (NCED), located in Norman, Okla.
“I was used to dealing with hotels that didn’t have staff on-site to help with all the audiovisual needs, where you had to contract with someone else to get those needs met,” said Leitner. She also believes on-site coordinators are integral to the success of her training programs since she has few staff planners. “You just didn’t get the kind of support from other facilities as you get from NCED. So it’s been a wonderful thing, as far as we’re concerned, to have the level of support you can get.”
Steve Mosier, executive manager of NCED, believes attendees of the ODAS training get the biggest benefits. “You’re away from your home office,” said Mosier. “You can really get focused on your conference event, your learning event, and you don’t have all those disruptions that you have at your home office. And you get an opportunity to focus on networking, both within your group and with people from other organizations or other agencies. That gives you a venue to find out about best practices from other places and to take those best practices home and adapt them for yourself.”
The training programs hosted at NCED also contribute to the Postal Service’s employee development goals. William Stefl, manager of employee development and chief learning officer for the Postal Service, explains the beneficial relationship the Postal Service shares with external clients, such as the ODAS. “One real advantage when we have a client who uses the facility to a great extent is that we are able to learn from them,” said Stefl. “We pick up techniques as we’re invited to audit or sit in on what they’re doing to better develop training opportunities for the Postal Service.”
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