Free STEPS Training at HCC August 8

Owners and managers of area businesses that sell alcoholic beverages can learn how to detect a fake ID, determine when to refuse service to an intoxicated patron, and avoid serious lawsuits by attending a safety training program at Heartland Community College. The Beverage Alcohol Seller/Server Education & Training (BASSET) program will take place from 6 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, August 8 in the Astroth Community Education Center, on Heartland’s Normal campus at 1500 W. Raab Rd. Organized by the Illinois Liquor Control Commission (ILCC) and Heartland Community College, BASSET’s Safety Training to Encourage Profitable Services (STEPS) program will provide information about seller/server alcohol intervention and prevention techniques, age-verification techniques and fake identification detection procedures, as well as information about liquor laws and liquor inspections. Participants who pass the training will receive a personalized BASSET card from the ILCC —a requirement for liquor-license establishments in many Illinois communities. There is no charge to attend the four-hour program, which is normally offered for $39 per person. To register, visit by Friday, July 27. Registration will be accepted from up to two employees per licensee. For more information or to register by phone, call Ted Penesis, ILCC education manager, at (312) 814-4802, or Austin Grammer, Customized Training coordinator at Heartland Community College, at (309) 268-8439. Business owners and managers interested in scheduling a customized, on-site BASSET STEPS programs for their employees can call Grammer at (309) 268-8439 or visit In addition, HCC’s Community Education department offers an open-enrollment BASSET STEPS training from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, October 6, for $39 per person. The October 6 training is intended for sellers, servers, owners and managers. For more information call Beth Peterson, HCC Community Education program coordinator, at (309) 268-8202 or visit For more information about Heartland Community College, visit

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