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CMMC Readiness | An Introductory for Senior Management - Self-Paced Online Course
8/3/2020 - 6/30/2021

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For Senior Management


About this course

This course provides a general overview of the DFARS standards and NIST 800-171 and how they relate to emerging CMMC compliance requirements. Participants will go through the origins of CMMC, its essential core components, and what the DoD will expect. This path will also illustrate that in addition to technical requirements, much of CMMC compliance is non-technical and involves the implementation of cybersecurity best practices. The course will enable you to think critically about the importance of cybersecurity, recognize its place in your company’s risk management strategy, and visualize a path to achieve compliance.


What you will learn


  • Compare the DFARS standards, NIST 800-171, and the CMMC domain requirements.

  • Interpret barriers and challenges of cybersecurity compliance.

  • Communicate the steps and resources required in the CMMC readiness process.

  • Connect sources of support to achieve DFARS and CMMC compliance.

  • Determine a path for DFARS and CMMC audit readiness.


Who Should Attend?

CEOs, Procurement Specialists, and Senior managers with legal, financial, and compliance responsibilities.


Length

20 minutes (self-paced)


Training Completion Document

Upon course completion



CMMC Readiness | Fundamentals for Practitioners - Self-Paced Online Course
8/3/2020 - 6/30/2021

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About this course

This course will unpack the alignment of the DFARS standards and NIST 800-171 with the 5 levels of CMMC, focusing on level 3.  Modules will illustrate the process for implementing all the required standards and practices for DoD compliance, and provide guidance, resources, and tools for preparing and submitting a CMMC certification package.


What you will learn


  • Assess your current and future contracts to DFARS standards, NIST 800-171 and emerging CMMC requirements.

  • Evaluate your current cybersecurity processes and practices against DFARS, NIST 800-171 and the emerging CMMC level requirements. 

  • Establish and implement a gap analysis between your current processes & practices, and DFARS, NIST 800-171 and CMMC standards.

  • Review, draft, and revise your system security plan to meet DFARS standards, NIST 800-171 and establish a pathway to CMMC compliance.


 Who Should Attend?

Operations managers, HR professionals, Engineering/IT, and other technical personnel.


Length

40-60 minutes (Self-paced instruction + additional time for the Toolbox)


Toolbox

CMMC Training Modules provide participants with the tools and resources to self-manage and progress toward their organization's compliance. Participants will learn CMMC material through interactive sessions while having the ability to join into a larger pool of candidates. These tools will enable participants to create roadmaps, track milestones, and control the entire process to manage cybersecurity and move toward compliance.


Training Completion Document

Upon course completion



Internal Auditing for Food Processors | August 5th & August 12th | Online
8/5/2021 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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Cost: The course fee is $595/ each individual


Course taught by NIST-MEP Tri-State (Washington, Montana, Idaho) Food Processing Specialist, Janna Hamlett of TechHelp, and the University of Idaho


About This Course


Internal Audits are a requirement of all GFSI approved certification schemes (e.g. SQF, BRC, FSSC 22000, etc.) and many 3rd party audit programs.  Internal audits allow you to audit your facility for gaps and compliance.  They are an important tool in the on-going food safety toolbox for any food manufacturer, packager, and warehouse and distribution company.


This course will provide you with the knowledge and skills required to conduct an internal audit program within your company. The course covers the fundamentals of auditing, useful industry proven techniques, compliance criteria, how to foster good communication within the facility, the importance of auditor ethics, and gathering objective evidence, nonconformities, and reporting suggestions.  This course is for those who are new to internal auditing and those that could use a refresher course. 


Who Should Take This Course:  



  • Anyone who needs to manage or develop their company's Internal Audit program.  

  • Anyone who is interested in gaining more knowledge about auditing in a food manufacturing facility

  • Example roles include: Quality Assurance personnel, Production Management/Supervisor, Internal Audit Team Members, Production/Plant Management personnel.


By the end of this training course, participants will be able to:



  • Know how to maintain and design an efficient internal auditing program 

  • Understand how an internal audit program is not meant to be a policing tool but a continuous improvement tool

  • Know how to use all of the senses to conduct an audit.

  • Utilize the appropriate techniques for conducting interviews.

  • Develop and communicate the auditing findings to make constructive improvements to programs within the facility.


  



PNDC's Annual Summer Bash | In-Person
8/5/2021 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Join us at the PNDC's Annual Summer Bash


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Its back! join us for the industry’s social highlight of the summer! This exclusive PNDC member networking event is not to be missed. This year we will gather on Cushman & Wakefield beautiful terrace level garden in the heart of Downtown Portland for an evening of networking, fun, hearty appetizers, and toast to the return of in-person events.  


Note: There is parking available at the 200 Market Building with direct elevator access to the Summer Bash location. Cushman & Wakefield will provide parking validation at this location.





Intro to Experimental Statistics | Boise, Idaho | In-Person
8/17/2021 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM

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Cost:  $285


Course taught by NIST-MEP Tri-State (Washington, Montana, Idaho) Food Processing Specialist, Catherine Cantley of TechHelp, and the University of Idaho


Course Description


This introduction to Statistics course will teach statistical thinking concepts that are essential to learning from data and communicating key insights to your organization, clients, or suppliers.  Come join Catherine Cantley, extension professor at the University of Idaho and TechHelp processing specialist, as we explore the fundamentals of 'storytelling with data'... in a practical industry-based approach.  She'll start with introductory statistics, so if you're a little rusty, don't fret.  We'll cover these broad topics:



  • Learn how to describe and display data

  • Describe your data's central tendency with Means, Medians, Modes, Standard Deviations, and Histograms

  • Understand key principles of sampling and how to calculate the necessary sample size to make strong, meaningful conclusions

  • Discuss probability and how it applies to selecting the right test

  • Learn and Apply:  Conduct proportion analysis, t-tests, and set up basic experimental designs

  • Conduct Analysis of Variance, learning when to use each type of multiple comparison post-hoc analysis

  • Learn how to use excel for "low budget" data processing and get practice using a basic statistical package to speed up data analysis and graph creation


Who Should Take the Course:


Anyone with an interest in data analysis, experimental design, operational efficiencies, or market research, including:



  • Production Leaders

  • Continual Improvement Operators and Leaders

  • Research and Development Scientists

  • Data Scientists

  • Marketers and Sellers


Pre-Requisites:



  • Must know how to use a computer

  • Must have basic comfort level with Microsoft excel, including familiarity with tabs and how to write a basic formula i.e. sum(A1:A10)



Cybersecurity Forum | Online
8/19/2021 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

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Cost: Free to Attend


Event Information:


The Pacific Northwest has been the site for a pilot program to help manufacturers comply with cybersecurity requirements. Based on feedback from this program, we are launching a monthly check in to provide relevant information and lots of time for your questions to be answered by our cybersecurity expert panel. 


The content will be targeted to both management and technical staff working toward cybersecurity compliance with the Department of Defense’s Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) and other cybersecurity efforts. 


This event is open to all manufacturers not just those seeking CMMC compliance.


This program is supported by Impact Washington, Oregon Manufacturing Extension Partnership (OMEP), TechHelp Idaho, and Alaska Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Center. In partnership with Pacific Northwest Defense Coalition (PNDC) and Pacific Northwest Aerospace Alliance (PNAA).



Intro to HACCP & Food Safety | Online
8/23/2021 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

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Cost: $249 Per Individual


Course taught by NIST-MEP Tri-State (Washington, Montana, Idaho) Food Processing Specialist, Janna Hamlett of TechHelp, and the University of Idaho


Course Description:


The Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) system is a logical, scientific approach to controlling hazards in food production and is a preventive system assuring the safe production of food products. The principle of HACCP can be applied to production, meat slaughter and processing, shipping and distribution, food service, and home preparation.


Who Should Attend:


This course is recommended for all employees including plant operators, supervisors, nurses, chefs/cooks, engineering personnel, HACCP team members, team leaders, plant maintenance staff, owners, managers, and sole proprietors.


What You Will Learn:


Successful completion of this course will result in an Introduction to HACCP Certificate with the International HACCP Alliance seal of approval.



  • Principles of HACCP

  • The importance of monitoring and periodic review

  • The need to develop realistic controls at Critical Control Points

  • The importance of pre-requisite programs

  • Monitoring, documenting, and reviewing procedures


What You Will Wallk Away WIth:



  • An Introduction to HACCP Certificate with the International HACCP Alliance seal of approval

  • Training workbook, with extensive notes, to use during the course and on the job site

  • Certification of completion provided by CSI Workforce Development & Training



PNAA's Annual OktoberFest
8/24/2021 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM


Safe Quality Foods (SQF) | Online
8/24/2021 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

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Cost: $549 Per Person


Course taught by NIST-MEP Tri-State (Washington, Montana, Idaho) Food Processing Specialist, Janna Hamlett of TechHelp, and the University of Idaho


Course Description:


Get introduced to the SQF system and prepare to take the SQF Practitioner exam. During this two-day course, you will gain an understanding of the SQF code and how to apply it to food manufacturing. With practical exercises to reinforce learning, you will be able to successfully implement and maintain an SQF System.


Who should attend:


This course is recommended for all personnel wanting to become SQF practitioners, personnel responsible for designing, implementing, and maintaining the company’s SQF systems, owners and company leaders wanting in-depth knowledge and the SQF program, and supporting employees, managers, and others overseeing the SQF process.


What you will learn:



  • SQF Code and Vocabulary

  • Food Sector Categories

  • Food Safety and Quality Plans

  • Implementing and maintaining SQF systems

  • Requirements for SQF Practitioners


What you will walk away with:



  • An examinee guide and sample SQF Practitioner exam questions

  • Training workbook, with extensive notes, to use during the course and on the job site

  • Certification of completion provided by CSI Workforce Development & Training



Cybersecurity Forum | Online
9/14/2021 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

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Cost: Free to Attend


Event Information:


The Pacific Northwest has been the site for a pilot program to help manufacturers comply with cybersecurity requirements. Based on feedback from this program, we are launching a monthly check in to provide relevant information and lots of time for your questions to be answered by our cybersecurity expert panel. 


The content will be targeted to both management and technical staff working toward cybersecurity compliance with the Department of Defense’s Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) and other cybersecurity efforts. 


This event is open to all manufacturers not just those seeking CMMC compliance.


This program is supported by Impact Washington, Oregon Manufacturing Extension Partnership (OMEP), TechHelp Idaho, and Alaska Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Center. In partnership with Pacific Northwest Defense Coalition (PNDC) and Pacific Northwest Aerospace Alliance (PNAA).



Implementing an Effective Sanitation Program in a Food Manufacturing Facility | September 15th & 16th | Twin Falls, Idaho | In-Person
9/15/2021 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

September 15th and 16th. 


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Course taught by NIST-MEP Tri-State (Washington, Montana, Idaho) Food Processing Specialist, Janna Hamlett of TechHelp, and the University of Idaho


Cost: $495 Per Person


Course Description:


This course is designed to teach the importance and basics of a sanitation program in a food manufacturing facility.   It allows participants to understand how important a sanitation program is to a food facility's overall management and food quality and safety.  Participants will be able to manage a sanitation program effectively.  Guest speakers from industry and academia will provide up-to-date information on food industry best practices.  This jam-packed 1.5-day course will offer both hands-on and practical information for managing today's sanitation program.    


After completion of the course participants will be able to:



  • Understand the importance of sanitation in a food manufacturing environment. 

  • Value the importance of a snatiation program in a food manufacturing facilities quality and safety plans

  • Understand how sanitation impacts the biological, chemical, and physical hazards in a food facility (microorganisms, allergens, etc.)

  • Manage a cost effective sanitation program

  • Understand the importance of documenting a sanitation program to meet internal, regulatory, and 3rd party requirements. 


Who Should Attend?



  • Sanitation or Quality Technicians/Managers/Supervisors

  • Production or Maintenance Supervisors/Managers

  • Anyone who wants to understand the details of a sanitation program in a food manufacturing facility.


Topics to be Covered:



  • Sanitary Design

  • Good Manufacturing Practices

  • Chemistry of Cleaning Chemicals

  • CIP (Clean in Place) versus COP (Clean Out of Place)

  • SOP (Standard Operating Procedures) and SSOP (Sanitation Standard Operating Procedures) and MSS (Master Sanitation Schedules)

  • Personal Safety in sanitation

  • Steps of Wet and Dry Cleaning

  • Hygienic Zoning

  • Pest Control relative to sanitation

  • Sanitation Verification Programs (Pathogen Environmental Monitoring, ATP, Allergen Lateral Flow Testing, time, temperature, chemical concentrations)

  • New Technology in Sanitation



Leading Ladies Of… Aerospace 2021 Virtual Summit
9/23/2021 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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Individual $35 | Virutal Table for 8 $250 | Students & Scholarships $20


Global - Virtual - Accessible - Inclusive



Resurge & Fly: Fueling our Leadership Recovery From The Ground To The Sky



  • Leaders from Fortune 500 companies & SMEs

  • Perspectives from the shop floor to the C-suite

  • OEM’s, Airlines, MRO’s, Defense & Space

  • Voices from multiple continents

  • Male allyship


Impact Washington is proud to be a Platinum Sponsor of the 2021 Summit.


If you joined the 2020 summit, you’ll understand why everyone’s talking about Leading Ladies Of...Aerospace Summit: phenomenal content, stellar role models and a global audience.


The 2021 summit is not to be missed – through their collaboration with CORE Connect, they plan to smash through their previous attendee glass ceiling of 400 women and male allies! So save the date and join us!


Although Leading Ladies Of events focus on challenges and strategies for women of diverse backgrounds, it is inclusive and open to men who strive to achieve in their career while supporting the advancement of women in the industry.




Tools of Continuous Improvement and Root Cause Analysis | Online
9/30/2021 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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Cost:  $250 Per Person


Course taught by NIST-MEP Tri-State (Washington, Montana, Idaho) Food Processing Specialist, Janna Hamlett of TechHelp, and the University of Idaho


Course Description:


A facility needs to continuously improve in order to stay effective.  To reduce overhead costs or costs per unit, to improve product safety and quality, to improve operational efficiencies facilities must continuously look for ways to improve.  In addition, when an issue does emerge, ensuring the issue is not going to repeat is imperative to continuous improvement strategies.  But how do you make sure a problem does not continue to happen again and again and again?  The team must find the true root cause and correct it.  Only after a facility has found the true root cause and put in the appropriate policies, procedures, and possibly capital expense will a problem go away.  Too often, band-aids are used, or the response of “re-train operator” is the solution. 


This course will be interactive and hands-on. Using exercises, actual scenarios, and group discussions, you will learn and use several tools. You will be ready to put your knowledge to work in your facility. We will explore continuous improvement strategies, and common root cause analysis tools including 5 whys, Failure Mode Effect Analysis, Fishbone diagram, cause & effect tools, and relationship diagrams. You will receive training and templates to use and modify as needed to create and maintain an effective continuous improvement and corrective and preventative action program in your facility. 


Corrective actions are not just for food safety issues but for all aspects of a food manufacturing facility.  If you are not looking for ways to improve your processes, you will likely waste time, money, or resources.


Who Should Take This Course:



  • Anyone who has had to maintain their company’s food manufacturing management systems

  • Anyone who has ever had to respond to an audit or customer non-conformance

  • Anyone who investigates and responds to issues in a food facility


By the end of this training course, participants will be able to:



  • Implement effective continuous improvement strategies

  • Understand the difference between a correction, corrective action, and preventative action and understand when it is appropriate to use each level 

  • Templates of common root cause analysis tools

  • Understand how to use different root cause analysis tools and their limitations

  • Use templates to create or enhance their current corrective and preventive action tools.  


 



Cybersecurity Form | Online
10/19/2021 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

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Cost: Free to Attend


Event Information:


The Pacific Northwest has been the site for a pilot program to help manufacturers comply with cybersecurity requirements. Based on feedback from this program, we are launching a monthly check in to provide relevant information and lots of time for your questions to be answered by our cybersecurity expert panel. 


The content will be targeted to both management and technical staff working toward cybersecurity compliance with the Department of Defense’s Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) and other cybersecurity efforts. 


This event is open to all manufacturers not just those seeking CMMC compliance.


This program is supported by Impact Washington, Oregon Manufacturing Extension Partnership (OMEP), TechHelp Idaho, and Alaska Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Center. In partnership with Pacific Northwest Defense Coalition (PNDC) and Pacific Northwest Aerospace Alliance (PNAA).



Cybersecurity Forum | Online
11/18/2021 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

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Cost: Free to Attend


Event Information:


The Pacific Northwest has been the site for a pilot program to help manufacturers comply with cybersecurity requirements. Based on feedback from this program, we are launching a monthly check in to provide relevant information and lots of time for your questions to be answered by our cybersecurity expert panel. 


The content will be targeted to both management and technical staff working toward cybersecurity compliance with the Department of Defense’s Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) and other cybersecurity efforts. 


This event is open to all manufacturers not just those seeking CMMC compliance.


This program is supported by Impact Washington, Oregon Manufacturing Extension Partnership (OMEP), TechHelp Idaho, and Alaska Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Center. In partnership with Pacific Northwest Defense Coalition (PNDC) and Pacific Northwest Aerospace Alliance (PNAA).