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Mediator training program starts in February

A mediator training program to prepare people to work in a variety of business, community and legal situations will be held through Antelope Valley College’s Corporate and Community Services Office beginning Saturday, Feb. 6 in Room BE 243 (Business Education Building), 3041 W. Ave. K, Lancaster.

The series of five courses starts with “Introduction to Mediation,” which provides an overview of this fast-growing means of resolving disputes in the courts, in business, and in other areas.

That will be followed by six other Saturday sessions covering “Mediation as a Second Career,” “Mediation and Violence Prevention,” “Mediation Skills Training,” and “Advanced Topics in Mediation.”

Those completing the 40-hour program will be awarded a Mediator Certificate of Completion and have the opportunity to offer their skills as mediators in a variety of situations, according to instructor Linda Hughes.

Also, people may choose to enroll in any of the courses individually, though the certificate is only awarded to those completing all the courses.

Hughes has almost two decades experience as a mediator and trainer in Southern California. She has a master’s degree in conflict management and a law degree.

“It is my hope that many more people will soon know about mediation, a more effective, timely and cost-efficient means of problem solving,” Hughes said.

For course information contact Hughes at lahughes48@aol.com or www.lahughes.com. Students may register online at http://www.avc.edu/academics/ccs/ or contact the Corporate and Community Services Office at (661) 722-6300, ext. 6584.