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  • 10 Mar 2017 7:41 AM | Meg Dindinger

    Did you know there are multiple times throughout the year when you can take the CPLP exam? The next testing window which would allow for time to study prior to the exam is in July (7/1-7/22). The last one in 2017 fall in October (10/7-10/28). 

    We will be organizing a study group to help members prepare for the October exam window. Study sessions will be held throughout September. More details to come soon. We hope you will consider joining us to learn more about Training and Development. Even if you do not intend to take the exam this year, it is a great opportunity to spend time learning with your peers!



  • 12 Jan 2017 4:54 PM | Meg Dindinger

    I received an email last week from ATD reminding me that my CPLP renewal is coming up. I can't believe that it has been almost 3 years since I became a Certified Professional in Learning and Performance!

    I earned my certification by attending the Hawkeye ATD Chapter study group, and with additional study on my own. Chapter members supported and encouraged me through the process, and I would like to do the same for YOU!

    To learn more about the certification check out the national ATD site https://www.td.org/Certification. We will be organizing a study group later this year. Please feel free to contact me with questions at meg.dindinger@apache-inc.com.




  • 06 Dec 2015 9:12 PM | Nicole Soer (Administrator)

    I love blogs about learning. They provide quick snippets of information and fit nicely into a busy work day - just two or three minutes of reading allows me to keep learning and to stay on top of trends. Of course, ATD has a great selection of blogs you should check out!

    • Check out one of the newest posts from Harvard Business Review on the topic  Proof that Positive Work Cultures are More Productive.
    • The Rapid E-Learning Blog from Tom Kuhlmann presents great elearning resources as well as digital images and other visual offerings. It's helped increase my PowerPoint skillset tremendously! (You may have to sign up for a login, but it is free).
    Which learning blogs do you follow?
  • 29 Mar 2015 5:36 PM | Marcie Van Note

    In class last week one of the students asked me what my favorite activity was to get participants into groups.  Since I am a chocoholic my response was to have everyone pick a mini chocolate bar and then tell them whatever they pick is the group they are in.  Then she asked, what's your favorite way to pick a leader.  My response was, the person  with the biggest shoe size.  

    What are your favorites?

  • 29 Mar 2015 4:32 PM | Melanie Hoffner (Administrator)

    Book Giveaway: Trust Precedes Accountability—Do Your Employees Trust You? (Respond by 4/3 to enter contest)

    March 26, 2015  -  by  Erika Garms  from  Human Capital Blog 

    This blog article describes how trust and accountability work together in an organization—and how you can use the intersection of the two to build employee engagement in your workplace. More »

    Human Capital

    Engagement and Motivation Performance Improvement Leadership Development Management Development

  • 21 Jan 2015 9:19 PM | Melanie Hoffner (Administrator)

    Due to the postponement of the January program, the length of our February site program is being increased by one hour, with registration from 7:45-8:00, and the program from 8:00-10:30. This program will include the information scheduled for both the January and February programs!

  • 14 Nov 2014 6:23 PM | Melanie Hoffner (Administrator)

    We invite you to share how you are planning to celebrate Employee Learning Week at your company. You may add a comment to this blog, post on our Facebook page, Hawkeye Chapter ASTD, or tweet @HawkeyeASTD. For more ideas, logos and other support materials, visit  http://www.astd.org/about/ASTD-Employee-Learning-Week

    From the ATD list of 2013 Champions of Learning
    Crescent Electric Supply Company (Dubuque) celebrated Employee Learning Week with daily emails to staff, including helpful tips regarding the use of email, telephones, and customer service. On the last day of the week, Crescent Electric celebrated and congratulated all the staff who completed rigorous training programs from the past year by posting a list for all to see. Throughout the year, Crescent Electric hosts a Celebrate Learning site on their intranet, which archives all the tips that were distributed throughout Employee Learning Week, as well as additional tips added during the year.

    In order to be recognized on the 2014 Champions of Learning roster, submit your Employee Learning Week activities by January 5, 2015 to elw@astd.org. 

    Thank you!
    Melanie Hoffner, VP Technology

  • 10 Nov 2014 2:00 PM | Melanie Hoffner (Administrator)

    We invite you to join us from 9-11 AM on Nov 14 in Dubuque for "Recipe for Rapid Design" with Carol Frisch, VP Programs. The program will be followed by an optional Networking Lunch at Houlihan's. You may order from the menu and pay at the restaurant. To provide a tentative count for the reservation, please register for the program and networking lunch. We look forward to seeing you! Click here to register.

  • 07 Oct 2014 6:09 PM | Melanie Hoffner (Administrator)
    Register for the Fall Conference by October 15 and be entered to win one of 20 tickets to Breakfast with Bill Treasurer or Lunch with Lou Russell! 

    Members who register and attend the conference will be entered into a drawing for a free individual membership!

    Contact Marcie Van Note or Melanie Hoffner with any questions about these drawings.

  • 05 Oct 2014 12:59 AM | Melanie Hoffner (Administrator)

    Before you vote, read the Nominee Information Forms submitted by the the nominees: 

    ~President-Elect: Melanie Hoffner
    ~VP Development: Write-in candidates welcome
    ~VP Marketing and Communication: Write-in candidates welcome
    ~VP Membership: Deb Harrison
    ~VP Programming: Write-in candidates welcome
    ~VP Technology: Nicole Soer

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