Distance-learning program geared to health care staffs...

BUSINESS DIGEST

January 28, 2002

Distance-learning program geared to health care staffs

COLA, a Columbia-based national health care accreditation organization, has introduced Lab- University, a distance-learning program for physicians and laboratory staff members, at www. LabUniversity.org. The site offers training that will meet certification and licensing requirements.

Lessons, which take 20 to 30 minutes to complete, and courses cover quality control, proficiency testing, OSHA requirements and other topics.

COLA is a nonprofit, physician-directed organization offering education and accreditation services. Information: 800-981-9883 or www. cola.org.

Workforce Network sets development seminars

The Workforce Network, a new individual membership division of Maryland Works Inc., will provide educational workshops, networking events, a newsletter and other resources to work-force development professionals, such as job counselors, vocational trainers and educators.

Maryland Works Inc., a nonprofit based in Columbia, is a statewide association of community service agencies that offer assistance to people seeking employment, including those with disabilities, low income or other barriers to successful employment.

The Workforce Network will sponsor a kickoff event from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow at the offices of Maryland Works Inc., 10270 Old Columbia Road, Suite 100, Columbia. Paul Mendez, executive director of the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals, will speak.

Information: 410-381-8660.

Calendar

EBO awards: Nominations are invited for the Howard County Economic Development Authority's eighth annual Equal Business Opportunity Awards program. The program recognizes outstanding achievement and leadership by members of the county's diverse business community. Awards will be presented at a ceremony from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. April 23 at Ten Oaks Ballroom in Clarksville. Nomination forms, which must be submitted by Feb. 15, are available from the Business Resource Center, 410-313-6550, or www.hceda. org.

Brown bag lunch: Howard County public information administrator Victoria Goodman and members of the Howard County Association of Volunteer Administrators will hold a brown bag luncheon at noon Feb. 14 at Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks headquarters, 7120 Oakland Mills Road, Columbia. The topic will be "Getting the Most from Your Brochures and Fliers." Information: Pamela Simon- son, 410-531-3266.

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