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Office of Staff Development & Training

The Office of Staff Development & Training provides eLearning, curriculum development and instructor-led training for the Department of Juvenile Justice. Our mission is simple, we “INVENT.”  We invent training solutions for the Department. We invent learning paths that help develop skillsets. And, we invent training opportunities that promote a better work environment.

February is Black History Month, and there are many African American’s whose mission was to “invent”. These inventions impact each of us to this very day!

Did you know…

  • The elevators that are in our buildings were first invented by Alexander Mils.
  • When you drove to work this morning, Garrett A. Morgan was responsible for the traffic light that you encountered.
  • Or maybe you had to throw a load of laundry in the dryer last night thanks to inventor George T. Samon.
  • The keyboard you typed this morning’s email on was first crafted on a type writer invented by Lee Barrage.
  • And your lunch, being kept fresh in the refrigerator, was invented by John Standard.

As you go about your day, remember the countless inventions that have gone into making life easier. Whether it’s a new-found gadget, a business solution, or a process improvement…ask yourself, what will you “invent” today that will make life a little easier?


Aaseng, Nathan.   Black Inventors.
New York: Facts on File, 1997.   ISBN 0-8160-3407-9.

Dawson, Jim.   “Achievements of Black Scientists Often Missing from the History Books.”
The [Minneapolis] Star Tribune.   16 February 2000.   (p. A16).

Foy, David M.   Great Discoveries and Inventions by African-Americans.
Edgewood, MD: Duncan & Duncan, 1998.

McKissack, Patricia and Frederick.   African-American Inventors.
Brookfield, CT: Millbrook Press, 1994.   ISBN 1-56294-468-1.

Sullivan, Otha Richard.   African-American Inventors.
New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1998.   ISBN 0-471-14804-0.