Gayla Feist, Adult Education Center coordinator in Leslie, has successfully completed an intensive training program and is now a Certified Manager in Program Improvement (CMPI). This certification is the first of its kind in the adult education and literacy field and signifies membership in an elite group of professional managers, according to Michele Diecuce, senior program manager.

Strong, professional leadership is critical to program improvement and high quality adult education and literacy services. That is why the National Adult Education Professional Development Consortium (NAEPDC) and ProLiteracy joined forces to develop the Leadership Excellence Academies (LEA) training program. The academies are built upon a foundation of research, theory, professional wisdom, and best practices. Training occurs over two years, with opportunities for application through a series of interim activities and learning projects.

Participants who successfully complete the LEA training may apply for certification, and their activities and learning projects are thoroughly reviewed. Those who demonstrate a grasp of the material and successfully apply what they learn become a Certified Manager in Program Improvement.

For more information about the Adult Education Center call (870) 447-6111 Ext. 3 in Leslie, or 745-6554 in Clinton.