Smart Horizons today announced the appointment of Patrick Willi to Director of School Training Solutions, a leading provider of professional development training for school districts in Iowa, Wyoming, West Virginia, Oklahoma, and Florida. Mr. Willi replaces Mr. Mike Kelley, who recently retired from the position.
Patrick Willi joined the company in 2003 as a courseware developer. Early in his career with Smart Horizons, Mr. Willi worked on child care, law enforcement, military, and transportation training projects, but School Training Solutions has been his main focus since its inception. He was on the team that identified a need for school bus driver training, which they developed as Safe Transit. As the product grew to encompass aspects of teacher and school support training, School Training Solutions emerged. Mr. Willi has had a hand in every aspect of the division, including research and development, interviews with subject matter experts and specialists in the field, team leading, project management, and the instructional design. Most recently, he worked closely with former director Mike Kelley to develop marketing and sales initiatives for the product line. Mr. Willi’s background is in Organizational Communications and Industrial/Organizational Psychology, and he has eight years of experience in ISD.
Mr. Willi is enthusiastic about his new role as Director of School Training Solutions because of the incredible potential for growth. “I see online training becoming more prevalent in the pupil transportation industry because of rampant school budget cuts,” said Mr. Willi. “Online training is a viable way to reduce training costs, offer a consistent curriculum, and keep track of information more efficiently. I’m excited to be on the forefront of this movement.”