Missy Gillis, director of external programming for NIU’s National Safety Education Center (NSEC), has clear goals for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration-certified training education center.
“My main goals are to learn everything I needed to learn about the center. It was a bit of a learning curve starting this job, so I want to increase my knowledge of the safety industry,” said Gillis, who took the NSEC post in March.
Beyond learning the basics of the safety industry, Gillis also hopes to increase recognition of the NSEC and to offer the OSHA 7200 course that focuses on safety in health care facilities.
“I want to grow the number of people who not only know about us, but the number of people who take our classes,” she said. “I want to see our placement rise to the Top 10 out of the 25 safety centers in the country.
With training locations throughout the Midwest, the NSEC is dedicated to providing courses that meet the industry’s needs. Professionals can enroll in scheduled classes in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin.
The NSEC works with OSHA to provide safety training in the areas of general industry, construction and disaster site and maritime industries. NSEC also customizes courses to meet industry needs and offers “Train the Trainer” courses.
“We can design private courses for businesses, and then host it at their facility. By assessing their needs, we can design a specific course for them, taught by one of our highly respected instructors,” she said. “Many are prior OSHA compliance officers, which means that our students learn directly from the very people who influence OSHA.”
Gillis came into the position from a background in university admissions for almost 20 years. “Of those 20 years, I spent 13 years at NIU,” she said, “so I know the university well.”