Continuing Education plans upcoming professional development trainings

Courses focus on topics including HR and OSHA-related information at New Kensington campus
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Credit: Corinne Coulson

NEW KENSINGTON, Pa.— The Penn State New Kensington Office of Continuing Education is planning upcoming professional development trainings.

SHRM Learning System for SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP Certification Preparation Course

Participants will learn relevant human resources (HR) knowledge and be prepared to test the learned HR professional competencies. The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) focuses on four knowledge areas, including people, organization, workplace and strategy, as well as nine competencies including HR expertise, relationship management, consultation, leadership and navigation, communication, global and cultural effectiveness, ethical practice, business acumen and critical evaluation. The course will be taught by E. Joy McFerren, senior HR business leader.

Dates: Thursday evenings 6-8 p.m. from Mar. 8 to May 24.

Cost: $1,450 (includes books and materials). Check with employers to find out if tuition reimbursements are available.

Location: This course is a live video broadcast offered at Penn State Abington, Berks, Brandywine, New Kensington, the Regional Learning Alliance at Cranberry and York campuses. The instructor will alternate teaching sites.

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OSHA General Industry 10-Hour Training

Mandatory topics to be covered:

  • Introduction to OSHA
  • Walking and Working Surfaces
  • Exit Routes, Emergency Action Plans, Fire Prevention and Protection
  • Electrical
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Hazard Communication

Additional topics to be covered:

  • Hazardous Materials
  • Material Handling
  • Machine Guarding
  • Lockout – Tag-out
  • Fall Protection
  • Introduction to Industrial Hygiene
  • Blood borne Pathogens
  • Ergonomics

Dates: March 14, 8 a.m.–3:30 p.m.; and March 15, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Students must attend both classes.

Cost: $295 (includes materials, continental breakfast and lunch each day)

Location: Penn State New Kensington Conference Center

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To register, call 724-334-6011 or email [email protected].

OSHA Forklift Training

Forklift topics to be covered:

  • Basic Overview of Use of a Forklift Review
  • Dangers of Forklift
  • Safety for Forklift Operators
  • Center of Gravity
  • Do’s and Dont’s of Forklift Use
  • Forklift Inspection
  • Tip-Overs
  • Traveling with Loads
  • Parking
  • Operator Evaluation/Test

Dates: March 15, 2 p.m.–4:30 p.m. (classroom lecture and exam); and March 16 at scheduled times (observation and hands-on demonstration of operation of forklift)

Cost: $150 (includes materials and light snacks)

For more information, visit:

To register, call 724-334-6011 or email [email protected].

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