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Since 1968, the Wisconsin School Safety Coordinators Association (WSSCA) has been dedicated to improving safety, health and wellness in Wisconsin schools.
Aegis Corporation Senior Risk Management Consultant Jodi Traas, on behalf of Community Insurance Corporation, has been actively involved with WSSCA and has served on the 18-member board since 2003. She served as president of the organization for a one-year term, from 2006-2007.
One of the highlights of Jodi's tenure was the creation of the School Safety Coordinator Certification Program. During her presidency, she worked with the WSSCA Board to develop the module system and divided the certification into safety and security modules.
“Once my term was over, the next president, Mike Hinske, principal and school safety coordinator of Big Foot Union High School District in Walworth, developed the mastery standards and brought the program to fruition,” said Jodi.
In 2010, the first class graduated and was recognized at the WSSCA Annual Conference. “I was a graduate of this class and the fourth graduating class will be recognized at the 45th Annual Conference February 25-26, 2013 at the Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells.”
In order to be certified, participants in the program must complete 10 modules, of which each module consists of a four-hour course. Each module is divided into five “safety and compliance” courses and five “security and crisis plan” courses.
Jodi is a regular instructor for multiple safety and compliance modules and in February WSSCA will present Module 2 (Safety) & Module 7 (Security).
In a recent letter to Aegis Corporation Executive Vice President John Dirkse from WSSCA Executive Director Peter Pochowski, he stated “I want to thank Ms. Jodi Traas of Community Insurance Corporation for her outstanding assistance in presenting Module 1 of the WSSCA Safety Coordinators Certification Program on Friday, October12, 2012. The number of attendee evaluations for the session was the highest ever received for one of our Modules and they showed very favorable comments about Jodi.”
Mr. Pochowski continued, “As you may know, she is a former president of WSSCA and she is still an integral part of our Certification Course training staff. Our attendees include representatives of approximately 200 school districts throughout Wisconsin.
I personally appreciate the time Jodi had to spend to develop her power point session and to ensure the issues she presented were factual and current. As I sat through her session as a participant, I found her presentation to be interesting, appropriately humorous, and very informative. Ever the professional, Jodi is a great ambassador for CIC and she represents your company extremely well.”
As a part of her everyday duties as an Aegis Corporation Senior Risk Management Consultant, Jodi understands the importance of keeping employees and students safe and is proud to be involved. “This program provides the designated School District Safety Coordinator with the information and tools to succeed in their position,” she said. “The program continuously updates the modules to ensure compliance with state and federal laws and regulations.”
In addition, to show their commitment to the role our school safety coordinators play in our schools, Community Insurance Corporation, of which Aegis Corporation serves as the general administrator, proudly sponsors a $1000 scholarship to the safety coordinator's district for the coordinator who receives the WSSCA Outstanding School Safety Coordinator of the Year award. CIC has been providing this scholarship since 2001.
WSSCA Executive Director Pochowski concluded, “On behalf of President Carrie Hallquist and the Board of Directors, I want to thank CIC for allowing Jodi to continue her work with us. I also want to thank Jodi for her commitment to WSSCA and to ensuring once again, that our training program remains first-rate. Her continuing contributions are deeply appreciated by the leadership of the Wisconsin School Safety Coordinators Association, and more importantly, by our members who are responsible for the safety of Wisconsin's school children.”