ClickSafety Announces Formation of a New Strategic Advisory Board

Highlighting their Commitment to Continuously Improve Safety Training Offerings

Burlington, MA – ClickSafety, an Ascend Learning brand and leader in online workplace safety and compliance training, is pleased to announce the formation of a strategic advisory board. The board will be tasked with providing ideas and innovations in training design and delivery to improve the current state of safety training, anticipating tomorrow’s needs, and help define a vision of what Environmental Health, Safety & Wellness (EHS&W) can and should be.

The ClickSafety Advisory Board is comprised of workplace safety and training leaders with a passion for delivering valuable EHS&W content to their organization.

“These individuals are a direct reflection of ClickSafety’s mission, and its eagerness to continually grow and change to meet the needs of learners and companies alike,” said Rolando Cedillo, Director of Compliance, ClickSafety.

The advisory board will work closely with ClickSafety’s leadership team and advise on all matters from course content across industries to the delivery of future products and services.

“I am delighted to announce the formation of our advisory board. The wide depth of experience and knowledge this group offers will help lead ClickSafety to a bright future and help our customers continue to build a comprehensive safety culture using technology-based solutions developed by industry experts,” said Blake Ingram, General Manager, ClickSafety.

About ClickSafety

ClickSafety, an Ascend Learning brand, is an OSHA-authorized online training provider and recognized leader in safety training. For over 25 years, more than 10,000 organizations have partnered with ClickSafety to help them build comprehensive training solutions to advance their culture of workplace safety. With a history in construction, general industry, and engineering, ClickSafety believes in the importance of education to help keep workers safe.

To stay up to date: visit us at ClickSafety.com and follow us on LinkedIn.

About Ascend Learning

Ascend Learning is a leading provider of online educational content, simulation, software and analytics serving students, educational institutions and employers. With products that span the learning continuum, Ascend Learning focuses on high-growth careers in a range of industries, with a special focus on healthcare and other high-growth, licensure-driven professions. Ascend Learning products, from testing to certification, are used by frontline healthcare workers, physicians, emergency medical professionals, nurses, certified personal trainers, financial advisors, skilled trades professionals and insurance brokers.

Make Your Move: Joanna Gallant

At Ascend, we strive to provide opportunities for employees to stretch their skills and advance their careers by moving among business segments, brands and teams, driving personal and team growth while creating a culture where people love what they do, take ownership and are empowered to pursue new career opportunities within the company so we “hire our own talent.”

Joanna Gallant made her move from a product manager role on the nursing team at Jones & Bartlett Learning to a newly-formed team in the healthcare segment, where she serves as the senior transformation manager and is helping the segment shape and execute its future strategy.

Ascend Communications (AC): How did your experience at Safety & Security help prepare you to make your move across the business into a new segment?

Joanna Gallant (JG): Having spent most of my time in the operations/production shared services team previously, serving on the product team at Jones & Bartlett Learning brought me even closer to the customer and added to my appreciation for the incredible team members in content/implementation, marketing/design, operations, platform and sales who all work together to bring problem-oriented solutions to market. With the incredible support and guidance of leaders and colleagues I was able to broaden my understanding of the business and how best to serve the nursing market both today and in the future. Safety & Security is a great segment to work for!

AC: How would you describe the dynamic of your new team?

JG: The [healthcare] businesses we support are filled with brilliance, energy, passion and drive, and it’s been great getting to know so many team members. I learn something new every day and often feel like a full sponge by the end of the week with all that I’ve soaked in. Starting each new week by acting on what I learned from the week before helps to start each week with an empty sponge.

AC: What was the process like making your move?

JG: I was contacted by HR, who presented the position to me, sharing the job description and the general team makeup. It was a brand-new role and department which I’ve experienced in the past but can be a risk with expectations, role clarity, placement in the organization, etc.

As soon as I read the job description, I knew it was a role that both tapped my strengths and set me up for a lot of learning and growth opportunities — a balance I always look for. I treated it like any other job interview, applied for it and got a chance to meet the team. My former managers were incredibly supportive and kind.

AC: How have Ascend’s values & culture influenced this process for you?

JG: Ascend is a unique business that has supported me for over 10 years in various roles and the culture is a big reason why I continue to grow my career here. It’s been lovely to work with new members of Ascend in Healthcare and Shared Services knowing that the values-centered culture is truly reflected everywhere.

Both in my experience as a people manager and individual contributor, our values have always kept work very “human-centered” for me. It’s clear that values do matter; if we keep them first, assume positive intent in others and embrace change we will be ok. I am so grateful that there’s room for grace — which is important to me personally — and that we will learn, support, fail, succeed and move forward together.

AC: Do you have any words of encouragement to others at Ascend who are considering “making their move?”

JG: Taking risks in a place where you are “known” is still scary but takes the edge off, especially when the job offers opportunity for you to learn something new, leverage your strengths and pushes you out of your comfort zone. It’s been worth the risk to make this move and I’ve honestly enjoyed every minute of it, even the challenging moments. I don’t think I’ve ever learned this much in such a short amount of time, and I love it.

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When team members move to new roles across Ascend, they grow their skills and stretch their capabilities within a company they already know, maintain their benefits and connections with colleagues, and teams gain an employee already invested in the work, mission and culture — one that can ramp up quickly and bring legacy knowledge to their new role. To learn more about career opportunities at Ascend, visit our Careers page.

Kognito Launches New Sexual Misconduct Prevention Training for Faculty & Staff A Holistic Approach to Safer, More Inclusive Campus Communities

Burlington, MA — September 22, 2022 Ascend Learning brand Kognito, an experiential learning company, is excited to announce the release of its simulation-based training, Sexual Misconduct Prevention for Faculty & Staff. This product joins their misconduct prevention suite which also includes a virtual training product for students, Sexual Misconduct Prevention Training for Students. As colleges and universities strive to create a safer and more inclusive campus environment, it is imperative that everyone in the community has the skills to effectively recognize, report, and prevent misconduct.

As mandated reporters, faculty as well as anyone associated with college athletics must complete this compliance training annually. Kognito’s misconduct prevention training meets this need while equipping faculty and staff with the communication strategies to initiate important conversations. This training is Clery Act, NCAA and Title IX compliant and features three distinct modules: Misconduct Prevention, Harassment and Discrimination, and Child Abuse, Neglect and Trafficking.

“We were excited to work with so many wonderful subject matter experts and partner schools to develop a program that goes beyond a check-the-box and instead focuses on skill-building,” said Kimberly Wieland, product manager at Kognito. “Having the opportunity to virtually practice in our simulated scenarios, gives our learners the chance to hone key communication techniques where everyone can learn, work, and thrive in a safe, supportive campus environment.”

About Kognito

Kognito is a leading provider of practice-based digital learning experiences that provide strategies to improve mental health and well-being across schools, campuses, and communities. Built on an interactive platform, the company’s products integrate several evidence-based models and techniques, game mechanics, and learning principles, allowing users to learn by engaging in role-play conversations with emotionally responsive humans. Through practice and personalized feedback, users learn and assess their competency to lead similar real-life conversations. Kognito has been instrumental in providing training to over 1 million educators, administrators, students, and their communities. This innovative approach is changing lives by increasing user confidence and awareness on complex topics that impact critical thinking and decision-making. For more information, visit https://kognito.com.

About Ascend Learning

Ascend Learning is a leading provider of online educational content, simulation, software, and analytics serving students, educational institutions, and employers. With products that span the learning continuum, Ascend Learning focuses on high-growth careers in a range of industries, with a special focus on healthcare and other high-growth, licensure-driven professions. Ascend Learning products, from testing to certification, are used by frontline healthcare workers, physicians, emergency medical professionals, nurses, certified personal trainers, financial advisors, skilled trades professionals and insurance brokers.

ClickSafety’s New Director of Compliance, Rolando Cedillo, to Speak at Industry-leading Chicago Build Event

Seminar will include vital components of an Environmental, Health, Safety & Wellness program and how to train a diverse workforce.

Burlington, MA – ClickSafety, an Ascend Learning company, recently announced Rolando Cedillo, MSE, NREMT, CSP as their new Director of Compliance. He brings thirty-plus years of Environmental, Health, Safety & Wellness (EHS&W) experience in heavy civil construction, manufacturing, oil, gas, and petrochemicals to ClickSafety—and to Chicago Build on October 14.

Rolando joined ClickSafety in late 2021, bringing his extensive background in EHS&W industrial and his commercial perspective. He is partnering with ClickSafety’s talented and diverse product, content, and technology experts to enhance their many safety training solutions.

“Finding an opportunity to share experiences and learning has always been a passion of mine. Being able to do so in multiple languages and training delivery methods as part of the ClickSafety team is a real plus.” Rolando said. 

His upcoming session at the Chicago Build 2022 Expo, Building EHS&W Bridge and Adding Value: Training a Diverse Workforce, will review the vital components of an EHS&W program and examine the effectiveness of workplace safety training.

“We are proud Rolando has the opportunity to speak alongside other industry experts and share his wealth of knowledge and expertise. I know he will deliver incredible value to the professionals at Chicago Build as he does to our organization.” said Blake Ingram, General Manager, ClickSafety.

Rolando will discuss why taking an inclusive cultural approach is essential to building effective training programs. According to data from Zippia, an online career planning and placement platform, of the 808,891 construction workers employed in the United States, 24.5% are Hispanic or Latino, 10.7% Black or African American, and 2.7% Asian. To better connect with this diverse workforce, Rolando says it is critical to create inclusive visuals and show examples that will resonate with the audience–enabling him to improve training comprehension and outcomes.

For more information about Chicago Build Expo and our seminar, which is eligible for AIA CEUs, please visit the Chicago Build website.

About ClickSafety

ClickSafety, an Ascend Learning company, is an OSHA-authorized online training provider and recognized leader in safety training. For over 25 years, more than 10,000 organizations have partnered with ClickSafety to help them build comprehensive training solutions to advance their culture of workplace safety. With a history in construction, general industry, and engineering, ClickSafety believes in the importance of education to help keep workers safe.

To stay up to date: visit us at ClickSafety.com and follow us on LinkedIn.

About Ascend Learning

Ascend Learning is a leading provider of online educational content, simulation, software, and analytics serving students, educational institutions, and employers. With products that span the learning continuum, Ascend Learning focuses on high-growth careers in a range of industries, with a special focus on healthcare and other high-growth, licensure-driven professions. Ascend Learning products, from testing to certification, are used by frontline healthcare workers, physicians, emergency medical professionals, nurses, certified personal trainers, financial advisors, skilled trades professionals and insurance brokers.