Oglebay is well known as the place to see the Winter Festival of Lights or to play a round of golf, but it is also home to the National Training Center where, over the years, thousands of students and professionals have attended management training schools and institutes.
The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) recently recognized William Koegler, Director of the National Training Center, with their National Distinguished Professional Award. Barbara Tulipane, CEO of NRPA, said this award is granted to an individual in the parks and recreation field who, through inspiration, incentive, and demonstrated leadership, has made noteworthy contributions over time to the recreation, park, and conservation movement.
“NRPA commends Mr. Koegler, and all our 2010 National Award Winners for their passion and excellence in serving their communities, and contributing to the health and vitality of America,” said Tulipane.
The National Training Center at Oglebay currently hosts ten different “schools” that provide professional development and certification programs. Many of these schools revolve around park management, working in partnership with the NRPA or North Carolina State University or both. The university is recognized for its public facilities management programs.
But not all schools revolve around park management. Two times each year, zookeepers from all around come to Oglebay to attend a Professional Development Program hosted by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Oglebay is the only place in the nation where aspiring zoo managers can learn the trade of caretaking for exotic animals.
The National Training Center also hosts the week-long Ice Arena Institute of Management, and air medical service employees must attend the Medical Transport Leadership Institute and Safety Management Training Academy at Oglebay to receive certification.
Just last week, the NRPA announced a new partnership with the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC) and the National Training Center at Oglebay to present the School of RV Parks & Campground Management, a two-year professional development program designed to equip campground owners and managers with the tools they need to develop successful campground parks and facilities.
And in 2012, a new “Green School” will arrive at Oglebay. Through a partnership with NRPA and North Carolina State University, this new school will cover ways to take part in the Go Green Initiative.