WORTHINGTON — Individuals and employees across the region will soon have the opportunity to receive customized industry training without ever leaving their place of employment.

Minnesota West Community and Technical College’s customized training department will soon bring the classroom to students when it rolls out its interactive virtual experience, Live Online.

“We’re seeing more and more employers that do training or have training facilities in-house and this just gives them an option for some different things they can bring in and offer to their employees,” said Roxanne Hayenga, Minnesota West customized training representative.

Beginning after the first of the year, Minnesota West will provide live, online access to higher education classrooms across the state in business, manufacturing, workplace safety and computer and technology fields.

Remote participants can join in on classroom instruction with a laptop, tablet or mobile device with a microphone and video camera or webcam capability and a high-speed internet connection.

The classes are designed for students to log on at the scheduled time of the class, but some flexibility may be available.

“Just because our lives are so busy, some of the instructors will record their live sessions,” Hayenga said, explaining this would allow students to log in and review the class instruction at a time convenient for them.

According to Hayenga, some courses are designed for professional development and continuous education. Some course options lead to an industry-recognized certification, and some are for-credit. Employers, she added, may send more than one employee.

Hayenga said one of the benefits of the Live Online model is that it accounts for busy schedules and eliminates drive time to attend an in-person training class. Opening up the classes online to more students across the state also helps keep the cost affordable, Hayenga said.

If training space is unavailable, arrangements may be made with Minnesota West to find available space on campus.

Live Online classes can now be browsed and ordered online.

For questions, contact Hayenga at 372-3468 or roxanne.hayenga@mnwest.edu.