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Wednesday, September 9, 2009
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Kathleen Olson, Ph.D.

Kansas continues to provide national leadership in the development of careers for direct support professionals. Kathy Olson, administrator of the Kansas College of Direct Support online training, recently announced that the first three direct support staff to become nationally certified by the National Alliance of Direct Support Professionals are employed by TARC in Kansas. TARC is a not-for-profit service organization in the Topeka area that supports people with disabilities, a charter member of Kansans Mobilizing for Workforce Change and a supporter of the online College of Direct Support funded by the Kansas Department of SRS. The newly certified staff completed a rigorous training process that included developing and submitting portfolio work samples, 3,000 on-the-job hours, as well as 200 instructional hours using the College of Direct Support. KMFC arose from an earlier KU grant focused on the recruitment and retention of the direct support workforce.

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