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“Gangs In Our Community” seminar Oct. 1 at Penn State Fayette

9/22/2010 —

Law enforcement officers, human service professionals, youth organization staff, school district teachers and counselors, and even early child care providers can become more informed about gangs and their activities at a special day-long seminar being offered Friday, Oct. 1, at Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus. The Fayette County Drug and Alcohol Commission is partnering with Penn State Fayette to present “Gangs In Our Community” from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in The Maggie Hardy Magerko Auditorium in the Fayette campus’ Community Center.

In light of recent gang-related violence in the news, the seminar is timely. Scheduled to speak is Todd Negola, Psy.D., vice president of Pennsylvania Gang Investigator’s Association, and other local government and agency panelists.

Joe Segilia, director of outreach and continuing education at Penn State Fayette explains, “This seminar is focused on providing information and experienced-based insights into a multitude of issues related to community gang organizations. Penn State Fayette, along with the Fayette County Drug and Alcohol Commission, is hoping that this program will become part of a continuing community effort to expand learning opportunities into this critical community awareness effort. The Penn State Fayette Outreach and Continuing Education office seeks community partners to help meet the diverse education and training needs of community professionals. This is an example of how such joint efforts work toward improving the community.”

Through co-sponsorship with the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Social Work, six hours of social work continuing education are being offered to program participants.

For more information and to register, call the Penn State Fayette Continuing Education Office at 724-430-4211, or visit the website at www.fayette.psu.edu/CE.

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