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Minnesota West aims to reintroduce customized training

WORTHINGTON -- One of Minnesota West Community and Technical College's best kept secrets is its community development and customized training program.

In an effort to reintroduce the program to businesses in the community, the department of customized training will be organizing an informational meeting, in conjunction with the 75th anniversary of the campus, Sept. 30.

The primary goal of customized training is to provide courses tailored to individual businesses, according to skill level and industry requirements.

"For some of the smaller businesses that don't have an HR department, it is good to partner with us so that they get the specific training but don't have to hire someone," said community development and customized training director Roxanne Hayenga.

She said while Minnesota West has offered customized training in previous years, because the department was located at the Canby campus, more businesses in that area were familiar with the offering.

Hayenga, who started her position in Worthington in August, said the current goal is to "focus on the I-90 corridor."

The introductory session will include a presentation on services available followed by a free lunch and a networking session with other businesses and the customized training team.

"We can connect you to somebody who can talk to you about what your needs are," Hayenga said. "We really want to target people for lifelong learning so (that's why) we're looking at non-traditional students as well."

Areas of training are -- health, dental, computer technology, fire and rescue, first responder/EMS, public safety, motorcycle training safety, management and leadership, manufacturing and applied technology.

"We also have people on our team who are very knowledgeable about available grants," she said about grant funding available for some fields of training. "We can help write the grant and ensure that all requirements are met to use the funding."

The department also offers a slew of other related opportunities -- one of which is Ed-2-go.

As a six-week online course, Ed-to-go is a more a of crash course program in various fields ranging from accounting and finance to publishing and writing.

"This is a good test market to see if online courses work for you and if that course is something that interests you." Hayenga explained about Ed-2-go which is offered by the college for $89 per six-week course.

Hayenga added the customized training team felt that their services were not fully utilized due to lack of awareness in the community.

"To be effective in the workplace you should be always learning new skills and information," she said.

The information session is scheduled from noon to 1 p.m. at the Fine Arts Theater Room 401 at the college. For further information, contact Roxanne Hayenga at 372-3468.