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Optivation to host “train the trainer” program for lift-truck operators

BEMIDJI, Minn. (July 27, 2010) — Bemidji State University will sponsor a train-the-trainer program for operators of lift trucks and other industrial trucks on Tuesday, Aug. 3.

The course, delivered by the University’s Optivation venture in conjunction with the Northern Minnesota Safety Council, will be held from 9 a.m. - noon at North Central Door, located at 900 Carr Lake Road SE in Bemidji.

Participants will become licensed to drive a lift truck and will be able to certify other operators to drive industrial trucks. The course is intended to give participants the training and experience required to train other operators and evaluate their performance.

The instructor for the course is Brad Eriksen, Northland Community and Technical College. The course carries a $99 fee; register online at:

For more information on Optivation, call (218) 755-4900 or visit

About Optivation
Optivation is an off-campus venture operated jointly by Bemidji State University and Northwest Technical College designed to increase collaboration between the University, the college, and the business and technology sectors of the northwest Minnesota region. Staffed by veteran business and entrepreneurial professionals, Optivation delivers targeted training and education systems to help organizations succeed in a changing world. Through its affiliations with Bemidji State and Northwest Technical College, Optivation is able to tap into an unparalleled network of people and technology across the state of Minnesota.

For more information, visit Optivation at

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