LCC guides workforce innovation

Competing in a global economy requires quick and decisive action in the here and now, and careful consideration of the future.

As a business leader you tackle logistics, organizational culture, community engagement, efficiency analysis and specialized workforce development all while maintaining the overall quality of your product, be it tangible or service based.

Thankfully, you’re not alone in your pursuit of business success. In the Greater Lansing area, small businesses and large corporations can take advantage of working with the Community Education & Workforce Development (CEWD) division of Lansing Community College to secure business development solutions needed to fine-tune your winning strategies.

In 2016 alone, CEWD facilitated more than 700 training programs for more than 7,000 employees in a diverse array of industries ranging from manufacturing to health care, transportation and information technology, among others. With a 97.5 percent customer satisfaction rate, CEWD partners include companies such as Dart Container, Sparrow Health System, McLaren Greater Lansing, Liquid Web, Eckhart and Meijer.

“Partnering with LCC has allowed us to invest in our most important assets, the employees, with the least amount of disruption to the organization and our clients,” said Gayle Wireman of Capital Internal Medicine Associates. “LCC analyzed our culture and initiated improvements. We could see and feel the increased morale almost immediately.”

The CEWD division covers a wide assortment of community resources, all supported by trainers, instructors and facilities of the highest caliber. Of particular interest to businesses are CEWD’s Business & Community Institute (BCI), Continuing Education and Small Business Development Center.

This collection of resources under one roof combined with a consummate quality of service makes LCC an invaluable asset to any business. The solutions and trainings provided by LCC are customized to meet the specific needs of each client through designed education which strengthens and grows internal assets for sustained profitability.

“Growth without quality isn’t sustainable,” CEWD Dean Bo Garcia said. “We help companies grow by helping them increase productivity and reduce operational inefficiencies for long-term, sustained profitability. It’s exciting! Investing in our partners enhances our regional business community.”

CEWD’s brand of enthusiasm shines through every CEWD partnership. Whether it’s providing customized training to Eckert or health care instruction to Dean Transportation employees in more than 30 locations throughout Michigan, customer service is prioritized at LCC. The innovative business strategies LCC provides is creating and retaining jobs across the Greater Lansing region.

“LCC has adapted to our changing logistics as our company has grown,” Dean Transportation Safety and Training Director Fred Dolker said. “The instruction was very timely. The safety of kids is our priority, and the schools and parents can be confident that the children traveling in our care are safer because of what our employees have learned through LCC.”

The education LCC provides gives businesses the tools needed to enhance communications and provides a road map for efficiency improvement and logistical adaptability. All aspects of an organization are taken into account, and through customized, solution-based analysis and training LCC partners surpass expectations.

“We assess the needs of the employers, develop an understanding of their goals, and then work through an overarching training plan,” BCI Director Chad Borodychuk said. “From there, we customize the training and consulting to fit the employers’ and the employees’ specific training needs, location preferences, and production schedules. It’s not just about a training or two, it is about an overall strategy.”

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports Greater Lansing has added more than 11,500 jobs in manufacturing, health care and transportation services since 2014.

LCC partners also gain access to lucrative grants, not otherwise available, that help subsidize business innovation. The Michigan New Jobs Training Program, for example, offers funding opportunities that help pay for customized skills training.

For more information, contact CEWD at (517) 483-1338 or visit lcc.edu/cewd. Along with Small Business Development Center and BCI, CEWD also houses the Adult Enrichment and Youth Programs departments.

“What we do goes beyond collaboration,” Garcia said. “We engage the community and provide dynamic solutions, and these solutions lead to prosperity. We’re building our partners, the college, Lansing, and the state. Our successful engagement injects the business community with efficiency and maintains a qualified workforce.”

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