Convergence Training Receives First Place at MSHA’s 2008 TRAM Conference

Convergence Training, a division of Capstone Technology, achieves First Place honors for Surface Miner Training software at MSHA’s Training Resources Applied to Mining (TRAM) Conference hosted by the National Mine Health and Safety Academy in Beaver, West Virginia.

The TRAM contest is part of an annual conference spotlighting the importance and effectiveness of safety training for our nation’s miners. It provides an opportunity for mine safety trainers and others responsible for administering safety programs to gain valuable exposure to the latest training materials and technologies. With support from the Joseph A. Holmes Safety Association and the State Grants Training Program, both public and private organizations come together to exchange ideas, present safety training material, and exhibit products and services.

Convergence Training’s Surface Miner Training software has attracted industry attention since its recent release this summer. Unlike other existing MSHA-related training, this product couples advanced, computer-modeled content with functional, intuitive administrative tools for MSHA’s Part 46 compliance.

“Our goal with Surface Miner Training is to improve mine safety by setting new industry standards for training quality and compliancy tools,” said Randy Kohltfarber, Director of Product Development for Convergence Training. “We feel that being recognized with this award is an early step toward that goal.”

In addition to Surface Miner Training, Convergence Training has just released Convergence Training Viewer, a free software platform for accessing and viewing a library of digital health and safety training media in compliance with OSHA and MSHA regulations.

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Convergence Introduces Computer-Based Training Software for U.S. Surface Mine Operators

Convergence Training, a division of Capstone Technology, announces the introduction of Surface Miner Training, a proprietary software application designed to help mine operators manage, deliver, track, and document federally required training. Surface Miner Training includes six hours of training content that aligns with the Mine Safety and Health Administration’s (MSHA) Part 46 regulations. As a management tool bundled with training material, Surface Miner Training is intended to help facilitate compliance while promoting safety at U.S surface mines.

More than 11,000 non-metal surface mines in the United States are subject to MSHA’s Part 46 training requirements. This regulation outlines required training and documentation for new miners, newly hired experienced miners, new tasks, and site-specific hazards. Although MSHA provides instruction and document templates, mine operators often struggle to create their own systems to plan, track, and record training for each of their miners. In the long run, these efforts may still lead to inaccuracies, gaps in documentation, and costly citations.

Recognizing this unmet need for quality training material and training management tools, Convergence developed Surface Miner Training in collaboration with mining industry experts. Surface mine operators and industry professionals got to experience a pre-release version of the training program at the 2008 CONEXPO-CON/AGG tradeshow in Las Vegas. “Taking the opportunity to talk with mine operators and learn their concerns and frustrations, helped us focus Surface Miner Training to address their needs,” said Randy Kohltfarber, Director of Product Development.

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Introduction to Convergence Training

Convergence is a team of dedicated professionals using their skills to meet the growing demand for engaging and integrated web-based learning solutions. Our products include Convergence Training Server, a robust and flexible Learning Management System that makes it easy to administer, track, report, and archive employee training; a large Course Library that includes compelling and engaging training materials on standard topics many businesses require; and an in-house production facility that can create Custom Training Solutions specifically to fit your company’s training needs.

Convergence is a division of Capstone Technology Corporation, a software development and engineering services company with multiple office locations in the U.S. and headquartered in Camas, Washington.

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