Monday, January 30, 2017

Vol State Tops in State for Workforce Training Hours

Workforce development may sound like a bureaucratic title. But the essence is simple: it’s about businesses investing in training for their employees. Partnerships between colleges and the business community are essential for workforce development. The Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) recently announced that Vol State has the most training hours for workforce development among TBR colleges and universities. Vol State provided 121,639 contact training hours. That’s 22 percent of the entire state total for TBR.

“The Vol State programs that generated the greatest hours were our OSHA health and safety training and the American Heart Association certification and recertification courses,” said Hilary Marabeti, assistant vice president for Continuing Education and Economic Development. “But businesses can come to us to customize anything they need. Customer service is an example. Our training is made to order to match your company culture and your employee knowledge and skills base.”

Vol State trains OSHA trainers for courses held across the southern U.S. as an OSHA Training Institute Education Center (OTIEC). That means Vol State offers courses not only at the Gallatin campus, but all over the region.

The U.S. Department of Commerce has called Workforce Development one of the most important economic tools for the nation. But in the end it comes down to the human factor. Marabeti has this message for business leaders.
“Retool your most valuable resource- your employees,” Marabeti said. “When you do, you retool your productivity, your profit and you foster economic growth. It’s win-win for everyone.”

For more information about workforce development training offerings at Vol State visit www.volstate.edu/CE or call 615-230-3358.

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