May 31, 2007
Contact: Suzy Ames, Director of Communications, SBCTC, 360-704-4310
Community and technical colleges reinvigorate connection to business community
OLYMPIA – The community and technical colleges have reinvigorated their connection and service to businesses across the state through new employee training programs and a redesigned Web site.
Business executives and HR administrators can now go to a one-stop Web site www.workforcecollege.com to connect with a local college for a wide variety of customized job training for their employees.
“The two-year colleges offer high quality customized job training that meets the individual needs of local businesses,” said Carol Melby, program administrator at the State Board. “We’re excited to use this Web site to make it easier for businesses to find the right college and the right program that helps them make their company more productive.”
Some of the more popular training includes customer service skills, supervisory skills and information technology.
The Web site also connects businesses to two new programs available to help businesses pay for employee training. The Job Skills Program and the Customized Employee Training Program, both funded by the state, link employers with job training programs. The training can occur at the employers’ job site or at the college.
“The state recognizes the needs for businesses to help keep their employees’ skill up to date,” said Carolyn Cummins, policy associate at the State Board. “While the state funds are limited, we’ve already seen companies become more profitable by taking full advantage of the customized training available at two-year colleges.”
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