On June 12, 2013 the Continuing & Professional Studies and Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) celebrated the graduation of 30 MTA employees who successfully completed the Master Trainer Program.  Throughout the fall of 2012 and spring of 2013 the Master Trainer participants attended over 80 hours of instruction, developed and delivered a final presentation, and used their newly developed skills in the workplace.

Graduates spent the day observing a presentation delivered by Don Driskill.  Mr. Driskill has over 25 years of training experience and was able to seamlessly showcase  many of the skills covered during the Master Trainer Program during his presentation.  His innovative and engaging style inspired many of the graduates and prompted ideas they plan to incorporate in their own trainings.

Figure 1: Donald Driskill

Figure 1: Donald Driskill

At the end of the day family and friends joined the graduates, along with the amazing training and coaching team (Ron Lantz, Betty Caret, Dan Leonard, Ryan Kane, and Fred Demers), former MTA Administrator Ralign Wells, and incoming MTA Administrator Robert Smith for a reception and the awarding of certificates.  The event was definitely a time to celebrate the achievements and hard work of the graduates, as well as reflecting on the importance of having high quality trainers in an organization.

What’s next for the graduates?

Now, graduates will be tasked with applying the skills they have learned, such as the ADDIE model for training development, by training fellow employees at MTA.  They are able to combine their various subject matter expertise with the skills needed to be an effective trainer, making them an incredible asset to their employer.

Figure 2: MTA Administrator, Robert Smith

Figure 2: MTA Administrator, Robert Smith

The Continuing & Professional Studies is very proud of the Master Trainer program and the graduates who have completed the program throughout the past three years.  This program exemplifies our commitment to high quality training and we look forward to continuing these courses with the MTA and any other organizations that could benefit from such a unique and valuable program.  Congratulations Master Trainer Class of 2013!

Figure 3 Master Trainer Graduates

Figure 3 Master Trainer Graduates