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CCCCD Strengthens Continuing Education, Workforce Development

CCCCD Strengthens Continuing Education, Workforce Development

The fast growth of Collin County and surrounding area, a tight labor market and the increasingly complex skills that workers need to keep up with expanding technology have combined to accentuate the need for quality education.

To meet those demands, Collin County Community College District has reorganized and expanded its Continuing Education Department and given Workforce Development a larger role. In so doing, the college has created a division that is addressing the immediate requirements of area business and industry.

Anita Wormald was promoted to director of Workforce Development, which is tailoring classes and entire degree programs to a company's specific needs and is operating a number of them in the employees' workplaces. Her department added two account executives, Bryan Humphreys and Marie Piet, who are working exclusively with business and industry to identify and address their needs, using the resources of the college and of the college's education partners. Janet Sheppard was promoted to director of Continuing Education.

Dr. Toni Jenkins, who has been with CCCCD for 15 years, was promoted to executive vice president to tie together Continuing Education, Workforce Development, the Small Business Development Center and the college's community relations department and off-site training centers.

"Business and industry leaders now can come to the college for solutions to their employee training needs of all kinds," noted Steve Hardy, executive director of Continuing Education and Workforce Development. "We are giving a renewed emphasis to employee training as businesses relocate here and expand and grow," said Dr. Jenkins. "We have equipped ourselves to meet their demands for a highly trained and specifically skilled workforce. Custom-designing courses for business, industry and government is one of our priorities in serving the community."

CCCCD's rapid responses have included the following:

Management training courses, written especially for major retail companies, taught on-site to employees who are preparing themselves for growth into middle and upper management positions.

An English as a Second Language course for Ericsson's French employees who came to North Texas for a brief assignment. The course was being taught within two weeks after the company requested that the college develop it.

Extensive degree programs for employees of Alcatel, Southwestern Bell, JC Penney, GTE and ST Microsystems.

ISO 9000 courses delivered through a partnership with Omnitech Corporation.

On-line courses provided through a partnership with Education To Go. This Web-based instruction is available to employees not only in North Texas but around the world.

Certified training through the Edward de Bono series, Vital Learning and Ziglar Education Training Systems.

Within this restructuring, the Small Business Center recently celebrated its 10th anniversary and has expanded its services into Allen and McKinney. The SBDC offers one-on-one consulting and classes to small businesses and start-ups. In the past year, the SBDC served 736 small-business owners and helped them secure approximately $6.4 million in loans.

For more information, contact Anita Wormald about workforce development at 972-985-3754; Mark Langford about the Small Business Development Center at 972-985-3771; or Steve Hardy, executive director of Continuing Education and workforce development, at 972-985-3751.

Collin College serves more than 46,000 credit and continuing education students annually and offers more than 100 degree and certificate programs. The only public college in the county, Collin College is a partner to business, government and industry, providing customized training and work force development.