April 29, 2011
Association of Equipment Management Professionals ( AEMP), an organization for asset management professionals of off-road fleets, introduces the industry’s first online learning center designed specifically for those practicing the art and science of fleet asset management. The program, AEMP University, officially launched at the 29th annual Spring Management Conference, held in conjunction with ConExpo-Con/Agg in Las Vegas.
AEMP University is an online-based education program that provides participants with the same high-quality learning opportunities and peer-to-peer interaction found in traditional schools, yet in a format that’s convenient, flexible, and financially-viable. AEMP Vice-President of Education Jim Phillips explained the reasoning behind the design of AEMPU, and the need for this type of higher-learning institute for the industry.
“Evolving economic conditions have challenged the traditional paradigm of education,” Phillips said. “More often, the constraints of time and financial resources are impacting how a learner receives and utilizes education. AEMPU was designed to address those issues, while still providing a quality educational opportunity for our industry’s professionals who are seeking advanced knowledge.”
Those wishing to learn more about fleet asset management are able to take online courses covering the 17 core competencies identified by AEMP as necessary to be an effective equipment professional. Each competency has distinct learning objectives, and is spread out in four learning levels, from entry-level “boot camp” to the executive and more strategic level. This allows AEMPU to effectively serve all professionals, from those just entering a career in the equipment management industry, all the way up to the most seasoned asset management specialist.
To further enhance the program, AEMP has partnered with ImagiLearning Inc., a company that specializes in virtual world technology. Its owner and founder, Dr. John Jamison, holds a PhD in learning, and has more than 40 years experience in change management, education, corporate training, game development, business management, and distance learning. Phillips feels ImagiLearning and Dr. Jamison’s involvement will help connect students to the program, and give a more interactive, real-life university feel, and a more enjoyable overall experience.
“The delivery systems for our programs will not be the traditional ‘read the material, take a test’,” Phillips said. “We want to involve participants and really connect them on a deeper level. Dr. Jamison brings into play activities designed to create meaning for learners, and pull them into a personal experience with the new material.”
In addition to educational opportunities, participants have the opportunity for virtual interaction and networking with fellow AEMPU members.
“From sharing ideas and knowledge, to simply chatting about the latest news and current events, we want participants to get the complete university feel, and networking with peers is an important part of the experience,” Phillips explained.
The program records each student’s individual progress by tracking all courses taken and completed. At any time, students are able to access this information and compile a record of proof showing successful course completion.
“AEMPU offers up-to-date progress tracking and allows students to see current records of all course activity,” Phillips said. “This is great for their own personal achievement tracking, but also offers a ‘resume of learning’ to show potential and existing employers.”
Tuition fees for AEMPU courses will range from $24.95 to $39.95 per class depending on complexity. Select classes will be priced a bit higher; conversely, there will be some online classes offered free of charge. For more information on AEMPU or to enroll, contact Phillips at 970-384-0510, ext. 202, or send email to email@example.com.