Overview of UACD Continuing Education
Utah Association of Conservation Districts offers continuing education modules that can be used to teach supervisors and staff the basic operations of conservation districts. The modules are available on-line at uacdtraining.org and from the zone coordinators.
In 2007 Claude Hicken, a former UACD board member, and his wife June, contributed to help establish the Hicken Conservation Leadership Initiative. Earnings on the principal are for the purpose of helping UACD with expenses of a program of continuing education for Utah conservation district officials.
The intent of these modules is to have educational materials available on an on-going basis to conduct in-house training at district board meetings. The modules may also be used as self-taught packages and may be especially useful when new conservation district officials are elected or new staff members are hired. Each module should take 15-30 minutes to complete.
In addition to these training modules, UACD and the Utah Department of Agriculture & Food have prepared a “Utah Conservation Handbook” to all newly elected or appointed supervisors. This self-guided handbook includes a 13-minute orientation video, a “Little Manual” prepared by and adpated for conservation districts by the Utah State Auditor’s Office and other basic information.