In December 2017, the first 30 participant s took part in the inaugural Hands-On Training (HOT) Program from GEAPS and Kansas State University. The participants represented 16 companies and hailed from 13 states across the U.S. Over the course of two and a half days, they worked in small groups on six different types of common grain conveying equipment. Overall , feedback for the course was very positive. One of the participants was Rhonda Knutson, United Grain Corp, Minneapolis Chapter. Rhonda is account manager and bookkeeper at her facility. She was interested in the program to prepare for future promotions.