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Extended and Distance Education recognized for Spanish program

The Center for Extended and Distance Education at Austin Peay State University has received national recognition for a program that helps English-speaking employees to learn Spanish language skills so they can assist their Hispanic clients.

The centers program – Spanish in the Workplace for Tennessee Department of Rehabilitation Services – won the Association for Continuing Higher Educations (ACHE) 2009 Distinguished Program Award for Non-Credit Programs.
The Center for Extended and Distance Education at Austin Peay State University has received national recognition for a program that helps English-speaking employees to learn Spanish language skills so they can assist their Hispanic clients.

The center's program — Spanish in the Workplace for Tennessee Department of Rehabilitation Services — won the Association for Continuing Higher Education's (ACHE) 2009 Distinguished Program Award for Non-Credit Programs.

The same program also was awarded the Tennessee Alliance for Continuing Higher Education's Distinguished Program Award in November 2008.

Developed to serve DRS employees statewide, the Spanish in the Workplace program is delivered in a classroom format, providing instruction in Spanish language skills needed to serve their Hispanic clients. The 12-week program has been offered eight times in the past 18 months in Knoxville, Columbia, Johnson City, Jackson, Nashville, Chattanooga and Smyrna, serving 111 DRS employees.

The award will be presented at the ACHE annual conference and meeting Nov. 18 in Philadelphia, Pa. Mary Alice Burkhart, APSU's coordinator of noncredit and customized programs, has been invited to make a presentation about the project at the conference.

For more information about the center's Spanish in the Workplace program, contact Burkhart by e-mail at burkhartm@apsu.edu or by telephone, (931) 221-6487. -- Melony Shemberger