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Industrial Training Consortium begins certificate program for supervisors

The Warren County Industrial Training Consortium has launched a new strategic initiative to assist business and industry.

The Warren County Industrial Training Consortium has launched a new Supervisor Certificate Program. Tammy Monday, Warren County Industrial Training Consortium president, made opening remarks Jan. 6. Also participating in the event were Dan Preston, Vice President of Executive Development with the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce, and Robert Curry, Executive Director of Bluegrass State Skills. (Photo by Elizabeth Main)

In partnership with local business and industry, WKU’s Center for Training & Development, Bowling Green Technical College, the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development, and the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce, the Consortium has created the Industrial Training Consortium Supervisor Certificate Program.

This certificate program is designed to be completed in nine months and consists of nine core courses and six electives. WKU faculty and staff deliver the professional development courses, including basic business practices, time management, problem solving and customer service. Bowling Green Technical College provides technical training expertise for Lean Manufacturing and safety courses.

According to Warren County Industrial Training Consortium Board President Tammy Monday, this program was developed as a result of industry demand. “Businesses in Bowling Green requested a strategic approach to training supervisors,” said Monday. “This competency-based model will provide a focused program that will build skills for both current and future supervisors.”

The inaugural class began in January with 23 participants.

NASCO, a Bowling Green manufacturing company, enrolled seven employees in the program. Senior Manager of Human Resources Gregg George said that the program appealed to him for several reasons. “Effective supervision is crucial to our success, and this program offers high-quality instruction at a very affordable cost,” George said. “Once completed, our supervisors will possess the core competencies needed to continuously improve our processes and get good results through others.”

Scott Taylor, supervisor training instructor, conducted the first session on “Basic Supervision." (Photo by Elizabeth Main)

Courses take place at the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce on the first Thursday of the month from January to October, excluding the month of July. Core courses are taught in the morning, and electives are taught in the afternoon.

“We are pleased to support this new certificate program offered by the Consortium,” said 2011 Chamber Board of Directors Chairman Rodney Rogers. “This is an excellent opportunity for business and industry supervisors to increase their leadership skills and further their workforce training.”

Monday said she expects the program to be a huge success for the Consortium. “It gives us a great platform for creating other programs, as well,” she said.

The Consortium also offers a variety of additional workforce development courses to their members such as computer training, communication, teambuilding and more.

For information, visit www.wku.edu/ctd or contact Tammy Monday at 270-782-7397.

Contact: Susan Esters, (270) 745-8922.

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