Press Release for Tuesday, June 30, 2009

UNF Division of Continuing Education Launches RAMS Center

Contact: Joanna Norris, Assistant Director
Department of Media Relations and Events
(904) 620-2102

Dr. Robert Wood, dean of Continuing Education at the University of North Florida, and Jeff Shiver, president of People and Processes, Inc., announce a partnership to launch a new center that will offer professional training, coaching, and mentoring to local businesses, manufacturers and organizations.

The new facility, called the RAMS Center (Reliability, Availability, Maintainability and Sustainability), will open July 1, operating under the umbrella of the Division of Continuing Education at UNF. People and Processes, Inc. will provide the training content, curriculum, instructors and consultants.

Through short courses, on-site consulting services and technical information, the Center will provide training and services focused on employee development, operations, maintenance, business process re-engineering and promotion of industry-recognized best practices.

“The formation of RAMS is a strategic move in response to a critical need for increased capabilities and skills development in the manufacturing and production sectors, although services translate well to a wide range of business sectors,” said Wood.

“Our objectives at People and Process are centered on improving leadership and education in the business community,” Shiver said. “That is why we partnered with UNF Continuing Education to develop RAMS. We have gone so far as to open an office on campus to support the program.”

The initial curriculum at the RAMS Center includes Maintenance and Reliability for Managers, a 4-Part Series; Maintenance Planning and Scheduling; Materials Management; Preventive and Predictive Maintenance Development; Total Productive Maintenance; along with the opportunity for customer-defined training development. For more information, including course descriptions, services offered, and an upcoming schedule, go to

People and Processes, Inc., based in Yulee, is an education and consulting firm providing professional services dedicated to business management functions involving asset/equipment management, continuous improvement and education in maintenance, operations, and reliability. More information about the company is available at

UNF’s Division of Continuing Education is dedicated to the concept of life-long learning. Whether you are looking to change careers, advance more rapidly in your current position or need to master new skills to prepare yourself for different responsibilities, UNF is here to support you with the resources you need. The Division of Continuing Education provides a wide range of non-credit courses and certificate programs designed to offer convenience, flexibility and exceptional value.