CSU, Chico Continuing Education To Host Facilitation Academy

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: 08-25-2008

Joe Wills
Public Affairs
530-898-4143
Joe Picard
Continuing Education
530-898-6105

California State University, Chico Continuing Education has partnered with LearningChange to host The Facilitation Academy, a new training program aimed at helping people learn to develop and manage teams, design effective training programs, provide coaching services and lead performance improvement initiatives.

The first course in The Facilitation Academy series, Advanced Facilitation, will be offered September 18-19 on the CSU, Chico campus. Two additional courses, Facilitative Leadership on October 30-31 and Facilitating Change on December 11-12, complete the series.

The Facilitation Academy provides a rich opportunity for participants to practice innovative facilitation skills that will easily transfer into the workplace for the benefit of their businesses and organizations. In addition, participants will be able to improve and expand current learning initiatives and join an international community of trainers, facilitators, managers and leaders.

The Advanced Facilitation course will be presented by Barry Relaford, Lauren Ball and Scott Winter. Barry Relaford is the co-founder of CoveyLink Worldwide and contributor to the bestselling book, “The Speed of Trust” by Stephen Covey. Lauren Ball is an expert facilitator and former corporate trainer. Scott Winter is the co-founder and principal of LearningChange, a Chico-based performance improvement organization.

Launched May 2008, The Facilitation Academy was first presented to business managers in Australia through TRAC Consulting of Queensland. This fall’s program at CSU, Chico will be the first offering in the United States.

“LearningChange has had tremendous success in delivering The Facilitation Academy overseas, and we are proud to partner with LearningChange to extend this innovative program to professionals in our area. ‘The Speed of Trust’ is a very influential catalyst for positive organizational change, and hosting Barry Relaford from CoveyLink is a unique opportunity for business, government, community and organizational leaders throughout the state of California,” said Clare Roby, associate dean, CSU, Chico Continuing Education.

For more information please visit The Facilitation Academy Web site.

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