Victoria College customizes training to meet workforce needs
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Dow employees participate in a process technology lab class at Victoria College. VC has partnered with Dow in a process technician apprentice program since January 2015.
Victoria College’s successful partnership with the Dow Chemical Company has served as a model for other potential collaborations to effectively meet the workforce needs of the community.

Since January 2015, Victoria College has conducted accelerated training for 31 Dow employees who are seeking to become process technicians.

“Through partnership between Dow and Victoria College, our apprenticeship program combines classroom training and hands-on learning to build in-depth skills, knowledge and experience,” Dow U.S. Apprenticeship Program Technological Leader Mark Schroller said.

“Victoria College’s partnership with Dow is a great model of how we can work with local corporations to train the workforce and help meet growing demands for qualified workers,” said Jennifer Yancey, VC’s vice president for college advancement and external affairs. “Victoria College looks forward to creating new partnerships to further strengthen the workforce in the Crossroads area.”

Dow’s 13-week program builds on the participants’ previous education and work experience. Participants are awarded a Customized Process Technology Certificate after successfully completing the training.

“The program with Dow has been great,” said current participant and VC student Tyler Mitchell. “I have learned a lot with all the hands-on training. Everything at work is a lot easier since I have learned it already. The program has also taught me to stay focused in school and make sure my grades are perfect, knowing I have an awesome job on the line.”

Students aren’t the only ones who have benefitted from VC’s partnerships with local coprorations.

“The Dow partnership showcases how cooperation between industry and community colleges benefits not only the students who are participating in the programs but the community as well,” said VC Industrial Programs Department Chair Don McLain. “Dow has been a major supporter of our industrial programs and has always been willing to lend its expertise to ensure our students have the necessary skillsets to be successful in the workplace.”

Ensuring success in the workplace is the goal of VC’s Workforce & Continuing Education Department, which works closely with businesses of all sizes to offer training to meet their specific needs, including customized content, training hours, and when and where the training is offered. Businesses seeking training for their employees can contact VC Workforce and Continuing Education Assistant Director Rachel Nessel at (361) 582-2575 or at Rachel.Nessel@VictoriaCollege.edu.

Published: Wednesday, 14 December 2016
 

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