From the Director of the Alabama Veterans Museum and Archives, Sandy Thompson in Athens, Alabama:
It is with great pleasure that I announce our guest speaker for this year’s Memorial Day program will be Major General James E. Simpson, Commanding General, U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, AL. Our program will be held on Monday, May 29th at 11:00 at the Limestone County Event Center, across from the museum at 100 W. Pryor St., Athens, AL. Please join us for refreshments following the program.
AMLA Names North Alabama Elite Tourism Professionals for Limestone County
Decatur, Ala. (May 16, 2017) – Four individuals from Limestone County have been named a North Alabama Elite Tourism Professional, a program of the Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association (AMLA) where tourism employees demonstrating outstanding customer service and hospitality in the 16-county North Alabama region are recognized in celebration of National Travel and Tourism Week.
From Limestone County, Jim Kelley of Lawler’s Barbecue, Paul Cain and Sheriff Mike Blakely of the Limestone County Sheriff’s Office and Jerry Evans of Old Greenbrier Restaurant have each been named a North Alabama Elite Tourism Professional for their contributions to the tourism industry. Each recipient was presented with a balloon bouquet and a gift card from AMLA representatives.
May is National Tourism Month and National Travel and Tourism Week was celebrated from May 7-13. National Travel and Tourism Week is an annual tradition for the U.S. travel community, established by a congressional resolution in 1983 and first observed the following year. It is a time when travel and tourism professionals across the country unite to celebrate the unique value travel holds for our economy, businesses and personal well-being.
The theme of this year’s National Travel and Tourism Week, “Faces of Travel,” shined a spotlight on the people that make up America’s travel industry. Across North Alabama, travel employs a prosperous and diverse workforce, from airline and hotel employees to restaurant, attraction and retail workers, and supports related sectors such as construction, manufacturing and finance.
“This year’s theme for National Travel and Tourism Week, Faces of Travel, placed the spotlight on the people that go above and beyond the call of duty when it comes to taking care of visitors and Jim Kelley, Paul Cain, Sheriff Mike Blakely and Jerry Evans all meet the criteria to be named a North Alabama Elite Tourism Professional,” said AMLA President and CEO Tami Reist. “The North Alabama Elite Tourism Professional recognition honors those individuals in the 16-county region of North Alabama who offer top notch service to visitors and is committed to the success of the tourism and travel industry.”
For more information on National Tourism Month or the impact of tourism and travel in North Alabama, contact Tami Reist 800.648.5381.
CALHOUN ANNOUNCES CERTIFIED QUALITY COMMUNITY INITIATIVE
Decatur, AL -- Calhoun Community College President Dr. Jim Klauber today announced the college’s Certified Quality Community Initiative, designed to create a culture of quality throughout Calhoun’s service area.
The initiative kicked off in September 2016, when Klauber and members of the Calhoun administrative team completed Lean Champion and Process Owner training. Since then, a total of 96 employees have completed Lean for Higher Education. According to Klauber, plans are for all of the college’s 400 full-time employees to complete the training.
Graduates of the first Calhoun Lean in Higher Education class recently completed their first quality improvement project which focused on streamlining the hiring process for non-credit instructors. The new “Lean” process increased efficiency by reducing the lead-time for hiring these instructors by nearly 50%.
As part of the Certified Quality Community Initiative, continuous quality improvement training and certifications will be provided to all public and private Pre-K through 12th grade students and educators. Local citizens, community organizations, and business & industry representatives will also be included with the goal of developing and reaching the high standards of the first Certified Quality Community certification and recognition.
“This initiative is an example of the bold ideas that are a part of Calhoun’s 21st Century Community, Economic and Education strategic plan our faculty and staff are developing,” said Klauber. “We are proud to support community and economic development throughout our region through this new initiative,” Klauber added.
Calhoun’s Workforce Solutions (CWS) division currently offers a wide range of Lean and Six Sigma courses as well as customized quality training for business and industry. For more information on these training opportunities, contact Jennifer Geiger, CWS Project Manager, Cyber Security & ASQ, at 256-306-2584 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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