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Waubonsee gears training to meet corporate needs

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  • Turn to the PROs in Corporate Training at Waubonsee Community College - from left,  Steven Poss, Elizabeth Moe Garcia, Heidi Vicino and Edith Rojas - for all of your business training needs.

    Turn to the PROs in Corporate Training at Waubonsee Community College - from left, Steven Poss, Elizabeth Moe Garcia, Heidi Vicino and Edith Rojas - for all of your business training needs.

 

A recent report authored by the Institute for the Future (IFTF) notes that 85 percent of the jobs that will exist in 2030 haven't been invented yet.1 Employment skills gaps currently cost companies almost $1 million annually2 -- imagine what that figure will be in 12 years? Additionally, according to the U.S. labor force, nearly 60 percent of U.S. employers have job openings that stay vacant for 12 weeks or longer.1 While the data is startling, a solution is here.

An innovator in community education, Waubonsee knows that learning is a lifelong process -- and a critical component of a robust, thriving economy. Growing beyond traditional education models, Waubonsee began working with industry leaders in 1984 to adapt to changing market trends and drive workforce development in our community. Now, with renewed vigor and expanded offerings through its Corporate Training program, Waubonsee is more committed than ever to serving as a vital partner that provides opportunities for all segments of the community.

Businesses, local governments, school districts, park districts and philanthropic organizations of all sizes can work with Waubonsee's Corporate Training team to conduct a needs assessment to determine skills gaps and other training needs. Once needs are identified, Waubonsee provides customized business solutions in the following areas to help employers retrain and further employees' skills:

• Manufacturing and Transportation Technology

• Business and Finance

• Health and Safety

• American Heart Association

• Computer Software

• Online Options

Waubonsee also provides various OSHA certifications and training in HeartSaver First Aid, Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)/Automated External Defibrillator (AED), and Mental Health First Aid. Active shooter workshops and seminars focusing on soft skill development round out our curriculum, giving customers a diverse set of options to strengthen their organization. Programs can be delivered at the place of business, or at one of Waubonsee's four campuses with the flexibility and efficiency that businesses need.

Through Corporate Training, Waubonsee is continuing to cultivate and shape the next generation of workers entering the workforce. We have worked with more than 56 employers in just this past year. These solutions not only keep folks in the workforce by making good workers even better, they eliminate the cost and time needed to recruit, hire, and train new employees.

Economic prosperity requires strong public-private partnerships and a collaborative spirit. Businesses interested in working with a driving force and leader in workforce education can contact our Corporate Training team at train@waubonsee.edu. Let's get working!

1. huffingtonpost.ca/2017/07/14/85-of-jobs-that-will-exist-in-2030-haven-t-been-invented-yet-d_a_23030098/

2. press.careerbuilder.com/2017-04-13-The-Skills-Gap-is-Costing -Companies-Nearly-1-Million-Annually-According-to-New-CareerBuilder-Survey