Now, more than ever, is the perfect time for local business and industry to take advantage of the Customized Training opportunities offered through the Continuing Education Division at Sampson Community College. Smithfield Foods and Jackson Farming Company are two companies who have recently collaborated with the college in this initiative.
Jackson Farming Company is a local distribution and warehouse operation for local farms and also specializes in row crops of fresh fruits and vegetables. They partnered with SCC for an OSHA 10-hour General Industry Training Course that taught eight employees a total of 80 hours of training.
Kate Brown, director of Customized Training at SCC, spearheaded this initiative and designed a course outline geared to help the employees understand the key elements of regulations issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
According to Brown, the training was a perfect partnership. “It was truly a pleasure partnering with Jackson Farming Company and thrilling to foster a relationship with them while helping meet their training needs. Working with Rodney Jackson, vice president, and Heather Register, food safety coordinator, was truly a rewarding collaborative effort.”
Register echoes similar sentiments. “Jackson Farming Company has benefitted tremendously from partnering with Sampson Community College, and we’re especially appreciative of Mrs. Brown’s guidance throughout the training process.”
Smithfield Foods also partnered with SCC, and 14 employees completed eight hours of Computer Technology Excel Training to upgrade skill levels in spreadsheets. A total of 112 hours of Excel training was administered through the Customized Training Program.
According to Brown, the Computer Technology in Excel training was a success. “We were honored to offer a training curriculum customized to meet the needs of Smithfield Packing Company. The 14 employees that completed the Excel training will use their upgraded skills on a daily basis in the workplace. It was evident that the employees were eager to utilize the skills they acquired in training, and these skills will be very instrumental in enhancing efficiencies. We have been privileged to partner with Smithfield Packing Company, and we continue to strengthen the partnership by helping to meet their training opportunities.”
Tim Wright, vice president of Academic Affairs at SCC, added that the partnership between SCC and Smithfield has also served as an essential element for economic and industrial growth. “It’s particularly gratifying to partner with such a prestigious organization, because in turn we’re contributing to the growth of our county’s workforce.”
The Customized Training Program at SCC is committed to growing local business and industry by providing qualified instructors, training facilities and instructional materials and supplies as well. For more information about the Customized Training Program at SCC, contact Brown, 592-7176.