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    The Center for Workforce Development & Education is committed to developing an employer's greatest asset—their employees. In the ever-evolving world in which we live and work, you and your employees need to constantly train just to keep up, let alone get ahead. The Center provides training that can help you manage people and projects, advance in your profession, or just sharpen your skills. The results are increased productivity, higher employee retention and greater profitability. Employers call this a good investment. We call it maximizing potential.

    Explore interesting articles and additional information in our Center for Workforce Development & Education newsletter. Click on the cover image to view the digital publication or click here for a downloadable PDF.

    Spring 2021 SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP Certification Review Course
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    Browse the topics below to learn more about the types of training and services offered by the Center for Workforce Development & Education.

  • Time is precious. Time is money.  Whether your focus is on reducing downtime or improving productivity, you want to make sure that the time you and your employees spend on training initiatives pays off. Studies have shown that companies that invest more heavily in training and development are more successful and profitable. A strong link has been confirmed between training expenditures and subsequent stock market performance. The trick is finding the programs that fit your needs-at a time, place, and price that works for you.

    That's where the Center for Workforce Development & Education comes in. We can make your investment in training pay off by offering customized training on a contracted basis. Just tell us the specific needs of your organization and we will create a tailor-made training program, at your site or ours, to meet those needs. 

    Not exactly sure what training your employees need? We can conduct a free assessment that will help you identify what training and courses would best fit the needs of your employees and your organization. Contact Brandi Olberding for an initial consultation to discuss your specific interests and needs.

    Brandi Olberding
    Assistant Dean of Workforce Development & Work-Based Learning     

    Is employee turnover higher than you would like?  The number one reason employees provide when asked why they left their job is their immediate leader or supervisor. The workforce of today and tomorrow not only need higher technological skills, they also need greater interpersonal skills. Often employees are promoted into leadership or supervision positions without learning how to lead or supervise. The result is increased turnover and reduced productivity. The Center offers a variety of training courses that can help develop your employees in their current positions as well as prepare them for leadership. Courses are offered as open enrollment sessions or we can customize the course to meet the specific needs of your organization.

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    What's new this summer?
    Click below to view the Center for Workforce Development & Education's Summer 2021 Course Listing.

    Course Listing

    Increase your technical skills today!  The need for advanced technical skills for today's industrial employee will only continue to increase. By providing progressive programs, from basic electrical and mechanical to automation and robotics, the Center can enhance and improve your employees' technical skills. That means greater profitability for your organization.

    We offer a wide variety of training to meet the technical demands of industry, including

    Basic Electrical Circuits Maintenance Training
    CAD/CAM Metrology
    Electrical Controls and Troubleshooting Print Reading, Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing
    Fluid Power, Hydraulics and Pneumatics Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs)
    Kepner Tregor® Analytic Trouble Shooting Safety Training
    Lean Manufacturing | Six Sigma Servo Systems and Robotics
    Machining, CNC, Welding and Manufacturing Processes Statistical Process Control


    We also offer tailor-made, customized training in any of the above areas, delivered at your place or ours, at the days and times that work best for you. Our instructors have real-world industry experience and stay on top of the latest developments in their field.

    Coming up

    What's new this summer?
    Click below to view the Center for Workforce Development & Education's Summer 2021 Course Listing.

    Course Listing

    Would you like to increase your productivity or efficiency?  Sometimes you get so tied up doing projects that it's hard to find the time to learn how to do them more efficiently. Learning new skills or updating current ones is a constant challenge for every employee. Just when you feel you have mastered the latest updates on your software, there are changes and adaptations to learn.

    The Center for Workforce Development & Education can customize training to meet the specific needs of your organization, at times and dates convenient to you. We have computer labs on our campuses to accommodate training several people at once, or we can train on-site at your facility. We also offer consulting in Oracle, Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint and Microsoft Project.

    Our online, short-term programs are perfect for companies who have just a few employees who need training. But whether you have many employees who need computer training or just one, our online programs are a convenient way to learn new skills or enhance existing skills.

    Courses begin every month. Click the button below to browse our Online Course Catalog and to register!

    Course Catalog

    Are you a professional seeking to advance your skills?  Managing projects. Solving problems and making decisions. Leading by values. Building career skills. How do you handle it all as a leader?

    The Center for Workforce Development & Education offers several courses designed to enhance your career and the skills you bring to your profession. Whether you are a professional seeking certification in your field; are already certified and need re-certification credits; or are someone who wants to enhance your existing skill set—we have a class for you.

    The following courses, in addition to being offered periodically as open enrollment courses, can also be delivered at a time and place convenient to you and your organization. Courses may also be customized to fit your organization's specific needs.

    • Essential Interviewing Skills
    • Problem Solving and Decision Making
    • Practical Project Management
    • SHRM-CP | SHRM-SCP Certification Review
    • Addressing Poor Performance
    • Advanced Coaching
    • Building and Sustaining Trust
    • Coaching for High Performance
    • Communicating for Leadership Success
    • Conversations to Inspire Success
    • Creating a Service Culture
    • Cultivating Networks and Partnerships
    • Delegating with Purpose
    • Developing Organizational Trust
    • Developing Yourself and Others
    • Driving Change
    • Engaging and Retaining Talent
    • Influencing for Organizational Impact
    • Instilling a Culture of Innovation
    • Leading with a Global Perspective
    • Making Change Happen
    • Mastering Decision Dynamics
    • Mastering Emotional Intelligence
    • Maximizing Team Performance
    • Reinforcing Leadership Development
    • Resolving Workplace Conflict
    • Setting Goals and Reviewing Results
    • Translating Strategy into Results

    Edison State Community College, in partnership with ed2go, offers online enrollment programs designed to provide the skills necessary to acquire professional level positions for many in-demand occupations. With classes in Business, Management, Computer Technology Career Training & Development and much more, this is the perfect way to stay ahead of the growing needs of any business professional.

    ed2go Online Training

    Learn new skills in just six weeks!  Select from a wide range of highly interactive online courses that are only six weeks in length and begin every month. All are led by expert instructors, many of whom are nationally known authors. The courses are affordable, fun, fast, convenient and geared just for you. Click here to begin!

    Prepare for a new career!  Our online career training programs prepare you for employment in some of today's hottest careers with comprehensive, affordable and self-paced online Certificate programs. Begin any time and learn at your own pace. Upon successful completion of all required coursework, you will receive a Certificate of Completion. Click here to begin!

    Do you want to improve business processes… but are not sure where to start?  Do you want to improve or modify your business processes but know you need someone with expertise to guide you? Do you know you could work more efficiently if someone just showed you how? Do you struggle with finding time to take on the projects that you know would increase productivity? 

    The Center for Workforce Development & Education offers consulting in several areas to help you and your organization improve systems and practices that will impact your bottom line. From setting up databases to identifying how to improve your work processes, we have experts who can help.

    Contact Brandi Olberding for a free preliminary consultation.

    Brandi Olberding
    Assistant Dean of Workforce Development & Work-Based Learning