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Faces of Food Safety: Shannon Edelmann, Empowering FSIS Employees Through Training

Shannon EdelmannNo Agency modernization initiative can succeed without a workforce properly trained to utilize advances in technology and science. Delivering tailored training resources to such a large and technically diverse workforce is a challenging task. Shannon Edelmann understands that she has an important role to play in that task as the Agriculture Learning (AgLearn) Lead Administrator with FSIS. AgLearn is USDA’s department-wide system for managing training records and activity at USDA. USDA employees use AgLearn to search, access, and record all training opportunities through the web. By using AgLearn, USDA employees have access to a plethora of learning resources any time, and any place an Internet connection is available.

Edelmann works in the Distance Learning Branch (DLB) located in the Office of Outreach, Employee Education and Training (OOEET). She brought a wealth of knowledge to the DLB when she joined in 2008. Before coming to USDA, she worked for NASA in a training role for more than 25 years. Now she is part of the FSIS team responsible for designing, developing, delivering, and evaluating training and education programs delivered through distance learning methods.

FSIS’ DLB actively engages with partners in every program area to identify training topics like Environmental, Safety and Health Heat Stress Training; E. coli Sampling Update for Imports; and Investigation Training. The branch also decides which employees should receive the training, determines the optimal format, coordinates the curricula, and ensures the training is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. DLB staff participate in several committees throughout the Agency to stay informed about initiatives that might result in the need for the development of training modules.

"I am excited to be part of such an innovative organization and can’t wait to share our new training offerings in the years to come."

Shannon Edelmann

“The DLB is always looking to future innovations to make training easily accessible and available when needed,” said Edelmann when asked about her office’s plans for the future. Edelmann is passionate about providing developmental opportunities to all FSIS employees and is aggressively working on getting all employees, especially those in the field, access to AgLearn. To provide easier access to training, DLB is working to expand current distance learning offerings beyond AgLearn to include webinars, the Intranet and paper-based methods. Today, her branch is developing interactive learning systems that will show employees virtually what their duties in the field would be like through simulations, videos and other interactive technologies. “Training is great! I wanted to bring excitement to the system,” Edelmann said. “I am excited to be part of such an innovative organization and can’t wait to share our new training offerings in the years to come.” Edelmann views her role as bringing professional development to all FSIS staff and ensuring all employees have up-to-date information that will empower them to effectively carry out their responsibilities.

Outside of FSIS and training, Edelmann is a mother of two and a swim official. She spends her summer weekends at swim meets.

Last Modified Oct 18, 2016