MetaMedia Teams With The Illinois Fertilizer And Chemical Association, IFCA

MetaMedia Teams with the Illinois Fertilizer and Chemical Association, IFCA, to Create web-based anhydrous ammonia safety training for IDOA AND AG Industry

Anhydrous Ammonia Safety TrainingMarch 20, 2013, Frederick, MD – Preventing accidental releases of anhydrous ammonia is a high priority for the Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) and Illinois agricultural organizations. These accidents can not only result in the loss of valuable nitrogen fertilizer, but also cause injury to farmers and emergency responders.

“The IDOA investigates all agricultural-related anhydrous ammonia incidents,” Jerry Kirbach, bureau chief of Ag Products Inspection, said. “Our investigation of incidents over the last three years shows that improper management of ammonia hoses, failure to maintain safety devices on tool bars and not properly securing the tanks during highway and field transportation are among the leading causes of accidents.”

The department and Illinois Fertilizer and Chemical Association (IFCA) jointly provide training programs for employees of retail anhydrous ammonia facilities, who are required to be trained every three years. But to address the critical need to improve ammonia safety when farmers are handling the product, the department, IFCA, Illinois Corn Growers Association (ICGA) and Illinois Farm Bureau (IFB) collaborated to develop a detailed web- based training program for farmers.

IFCA submitted a grant to the newly formed Nutrient Research and Education Council (NREC) to fund the program. IFCA and IDOA staff then developed the program content, which features video and animation of actual ammonia accidents that occurred in Illinois and detailed instructions on how they could have been prevented. The program’s five training modules cover properties of ammonia, personal protective equipment, transportation of ammonia to and from the field, the safe hook-up of ammonia tanks in the field and emergency response and first aid procedures. After completing the training, farmers can take a knowledge assessment to determine their understanding of the material and print a certificate of completion for their records.

“In the past we have tried various venues to get important information to farmers about ammonia safety, including pamphlets, seminars, an awareness video and checklists for fertilizer dealers to share with farmers,” Kevin Runkle, Manager of Regulatory Services for IFCA said. Unfortunately, these efforts have been insufficient to convey the importance of specific preventative measures that must be understood and followed each time a farmer uses anhydrous ammonia. This web-based program is unique in its sophistication and detail.  It allows the farmer to log in and then return to the program at any time to pick up where he left off or to go back and review the safety modules.”

Thanks to funding from NREC, the program is free to farmers or anyone who wants to improve their knowledge of ammonia safety.

“When not handled properly, anhydrous ammonia can cause serious injury and impact the environment,” Agriculture Director Bob Flider said. “I encourage farmers who apply their own ammonia to use the program, take the knowledge assessment and self-certify that they are trained to safely handle this product.”

The program can be accessed at the following websites; specific questions about the program or its features should be directed to IFCA.

Global Criminal Justice Solutions, LLC, A Joint Venture that Includes MetaMedia…

GLOBAL CRIMINAL JUSTICE SOLUTIONS, LLC, A JOINT VENTURE THAT INCLUDES METAMEDIA HAS BEEN AWARDED THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE OMNIBUS CONTRACT

June 18, 2012 – FREDERICK, MD – Global Criminal Justice Solutions, LLC (GCJS) announced that it has been selected by the U.S. Department of State (DoS) Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), as one of twelve providers on the Criminal Justice Program Support (CJPS) contract. MetaMedia Training International, Inc. (MetaMedia) is one of the joint venture partners that will be providing innovative and comprehensive criminal justice training and informational programs as part of this contract.

Awarded on April 26, 2012, the multiple-award, indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract has one base year with four option years and a total value of $10 billion across all providers. GCJS will compete with the nine other providers for task orders to support criminal justice sector development programs worldwide, subject matter experts, experienced consultants, and life and mission support services.

According to GCJS CEO Eric Adolphe, “Supporting international partners who demonstrate a staunch, highly visible commitment to administering justice equitably across all social levels is a sound investment for our nation to make; it delivers targeted support to those who share a commitment to establishing and maintaining justice systems that reflect fundamental fairness and safeguard human rights.”

GCJS is currently accepting applications from highly qualified advisors and consultants interested in supporting both United States (U.S.) and multinational peacekeeping missions. GCJS is focused on finding the right people for the right positions in order to promote the development of responsive, fair, and effective criminal justice systems around the world.

Global Criminal Justice Solutions, LLC (GCJS) promotes the development of criminal justice systems around the world. We implement Civilian Police and criminal justice assistance programs overseas to support both United States and multinational peacekeeping missions. To learn more about GCJS and new opportunities in developing criminal justice systems around the world, visit www.gcjs-llc.com.

For 30 years, MetaMedia has designed, developed, and delivered performance-based training and communications programs for government agencies, global corporations, and nonprofit organizations. MetaMedia provides state-of-the-art instruction in formats that include eLearning, mLearning, award winning video and animation, web-site development, and print media. For more information, please call (301) 360-0614 or visit us on the web at www.metamediausa.com.

MetaMedia Wins SBIR Grant

METAMEDIA WINS SBIR GRANT TO CONVERT INCIDENT SPECIFIC BOOKLETS TO MOBILE APPLICATIONS FOR SMART PHONES AND TABLETS

FREDERICK, MD, January 9, 2013 — MetaMedia Training International, Inc. (MetaMedia) has been awarded a grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) to convert Incident Specific Booklets in their current PDF format to web and mobile-ready ePub files for distribution and deployment across multiple platforms, including the handheld smart phone and tablet.

The approach MetaMedia will take in translating an existing booklet to work on the various platforms will be to rebuild the existing PDFs in an ePub universal format. The format offers many browsing functions that a simple PDF reader has, but includes gesture support and added functionality such as video inclusion. Each version of the content will begin with an interactive table of contents that allows readers to jump to a specific topic. This will act as each booklet’s “main menu”.

In addition to the booklets, MetaMedia will create a central “hub” website accessible on all devices which will allow users to remotely find and download any of the booklets via a wifi or cell phone connection. This site will be a simple page with a basic “click to download” feature next to each booklet title and description. The site will also have a help section explaining browsing on the various devices, and identify where the items are stored for each for novice device users.

“The mobile-ready reference material will provide immediate access to critical health and safety training 24×7, continuing our mission to increase overall awareness, protect workers, and reduce injuries and death,” said MetaMedia Vice President Chris Held. “And, it will give responders the Just-In-Time content and reference information they need in the field to handle the health and safety risks they encounter on a regular basis,” said Mr. Held.

To date, MetaMedia has won nine Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I, Phase II, and Fast Track grants from the NIEHS.

NIEHS is one of 27 institutes and centers of the National Institutes of Health, a branch of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Institute maintains campuses in Research Triangle Park, NC, and Bethesda, MD, where it uses multidisciplinary biomedical research programs, prevention and intervention efforts, and communication strategies to decrease human illness brought on by environmental factors.

For more than three decades, MetaMedia has designed, developed, and delivered innovative training and communications programs for government agencies, global corporations, and nonprofit organizations. MetaMedia provides state-of-the-art instruction in formats that include eLearning, mLearning, and DVD. For more information, visit us on the web at www.metamediausa.com.

MetaMedia Holds a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Open House

Randy Gray of the Frederick Chamber of Commerce and Tom Held, President of MetaMedia Training International, Inc.

FREDERICK, MD, October 16, 2012 — MetaMedia Training International, Inc. (MetaMedia) held a ribbon cutting ceremony today at 5100 Buckeystown Pike, Suite 200, Frederick, MD to celebrate their one year anniversary in their new Frederick location.

An open house followed the ribbon cutting ceremony and featured a facility tour, green screen demonstrations, audio and video production capabilities, refreshments and giveaways.

At the ribbon cutting ceremony, Randy Gray of the Frederick Chamber of Commerce made a special appearance and presentation. Many local businesses were on hand to welcome MetaMedia to the Frederick community.

Tom Held, President of MetaMedia Training International, Inc.

“Our newly built, state of the art premises are bigger and brighter than ever before,” said Doug Stone, Vice President of Program Development for MetaMedia. “With our new location, we look forward to our continued support of our government and corporate clients with our custom training services, and we are extremely excited about developing new business relationships in the surrounding Frederick and Baltimore area.”

For more than three decades, MetaMedia has designed, developed, and delivered innovative training and communications programs for government agencies, global corporations, and nonprofit organizations. MetaMedia provides state-of-the-art instruction in formats that include eLearning, mLearning, and DVD. For more information, visit us on the web at www.metamediausa.com.

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

MetaMedia Redesigning Foreman Training Materials for United Union of Roofers…

MetaMedia Redesigning Foreman Training Materials  for United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers  and Allied Workers

July 18, 2012FREDERICK, MD—MetaMedia Training International, Inc. (MetaMedia) is working with the United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers and the Roofers and Waterproofers Research and Education Joint Trust Fund (Research and Education Trust) to redesign and update their current foreman training and safety program. Rolled out in 2009, the Foreman Training Program is a labor and management collaboration guided by roofing professionals from around the country to address critical issues that provide roofing foremen with the vital tools they need to do their jobs efficiently and safely, and to deal with management issues they may face on a daily basis.

The Foreman Training Program is a four day course that covers a range of issues from personnel management, work organization, effective leadership, and hazard analysis to quality control and quality workmanship. Some of the modules include Communication Skills, Teaching Skills, Diversity Training, Problem Solving, Sexual Harassment, Trade Math, Safety Skills, Leadership Styles, Dealing with Conflict, Job Planning, Set-Up and Reading Plans and Specifications. The modules are activity directed, using an interactive design enabling participants to engage with fellow trainees using shared experiences and activities, rather than straight lecture.

“We are very pleased to have the opportunity to work with the United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers and the Research and Education Trust and look forward to providing them with a top quality Foreman Training Program with state-of-the-art animations, graphics and illustrations,” said MetaMedia Vice President Chris Held. “MetaMedia’s extensive background in interactive training, plus our award-winning creative media staff and experienced instructional designers are experts at making programs come alive. This new treatment of the teaching material will be more engaging and animated offering the participants a truly unique learning experience.”

Founded in 1903, the United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers, based in Washington, D.C., represents roofers and waterproofers in the commercial, industrial and residential sectors of the construction industry. The Union offers professional training for apprentices, journeymen, foremen and instructors. Members receive health and welfare coverage for themselves and their families, a pension and numerous other benefits and services for being a member of the union.

For 30 years, MetaMedia has designed, developed, and delivered performance-based training and communications programs for government agencies, global corporations, and nonprofit organizations. MetaMedia provides state-of-the-art instruction in formats that include eLearning, mLearning, DVD, CD-ROM, and print media. For more information, please call (301) 360-0614 or visit us on the web at www.metamediausa.com.