District to invest $43,000 more in Covey training

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Alamo Colleges has spent almost $2 million on sessions.

By Katherine Garcia

kgarcia203@student.alamo.edu

The Alamo Colleges will spend another $43,000 on training based on Stephen R. Covey’s self-help book “7 Habits of Highly Effective People,” according to an amendment in the FranklinCovey Client Sales Inc. facilitator license agreement made with the district.

Gary O’Bar, director of purchasing at district, said the funds would go toward materials for faculty to teach Covey principles to other faculty.

The last of Covey’s four levels of training is for faculty who have completed the previous three levels to train other faculty.

Instead of continuing to buy materials and training services, the district bought the rights to some of FranklinCovey’s teaching principles to save $225,000 on the final level, O’Bar said.

The Ranger previously reported FranklinCovey, the company behind the training, was paid $1,228,590 for training and materials for the 2013-14 year, according to the original agreement.

As for the 2014-15 year, O’Bar said $1,863,689 has been spent training employees, or an additional $635,099.

Between 2013-2015 and the additional $43,000 yet to be spent, the new total would be $1,906,689.

Forty-two of 134 part-time faculty have completed Covey training, and 1,992 of 2,272 full-time employees have completed training, said Linda Boyer-Owens, associate vice chancellor of human resources and organizational development.

The second addendum of the agreement says the district has spent $43,680 so far on a two-year subscription for use of a website for 4DX (“4 Disciplines of Execution”), also under FranklinCovey Client Sales Inc.

The board approved 4DX in February 2014, and the district entered into the agreement Feb. 25, 2014.

The set-up fees include $3,000 for web certification modules and $45,200 for 200 people to use the site for two years.

The addendum also states the “Alamo Colleges shall have the right to cancel or reschedule any consultation, on-site training, or coaching without penalty, provided the Alamo Colleges provides written notice to FranklinCovey up to 15 days prior to the calendar event.”

If the Alamo Colleges provides less than a 15-day notice, it must pay a canceling fee of 75 percent or a rescheduling fee of 25 percent, but it does not have to pay a fee if FranklinCovey cancels.

O’Bar said any further purchases will go to the full board for approval.

The next board of trustees meeting is 6 p.m. Tuesday at Killen Center.

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