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Source: Melinda Sinn, 785-532-5888,
News release prepared by: Jared Betts, 785-532-2529,

Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2009


MANHATTAN -- Kansas State University's Division of Continuing Education and College of Education will offer a three credit-hour course in conjunction with the K-State Institute for Civic Discourse and Democracy's Public Issues Facilitation Workshop.

The workshop will be Jan. 11-13, 2010, at the K-State Alumni Center.

Students who take the course for credit will continue to deepen their learning from the workshop with eight weeks of online work that includes applied readings, projects and assignments. Course credits are offered through K-State's department of educational leadership.

"People who work in groups in their communities through organizations like their schools, libraries, city councils or chambers of commerce will benefit from the facilitation skills taught in this course," said Jeff Zacharakis, associate professor of educational leadership.

"Adult education historically has sought to improve the lives of individuals through the collective development of their communities and organizations," Zacharakis said. "One important educational approach to getting people to share their ideas, concerns and visions is through town meetings and other community gatherings. This course teaches the important facilitation skills needed to maximize individual participation in these group gatherings."

To register, contact the K-State Division of Continuing Education at 785-532-5569 or 1-800-432-8222, or register online at and search "Facilitation for Results."