N.J.- The YWCA Princeton is the latest organization to take
advantage of a free training program provided by the Center
for Training and Development at Mercer County Community College.
Now in its fourth year, the program is made possible through
a grant from the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce
Development in partnership with the New Jersey Business &
Industry Association and the Community College Consortium.
According to instructor Robert Usdin, MCCC's mobile computer
lab is equipped with 15 laptops, which are getting steady
use as word about the program spreads. "We bring them
to the work site, set them up and we're ready to go,"
For the YWCA Princeton, the training has been beneficial in
a number of ways as the organization transitions to Microsoft
Office 2010. Instruction in Word, Excel, and Outlook is enabling
employees to work more efficiently, providing not only a solid
knowledge base in the Microsoft Office suite, but also new
insights into leveraging technology's power in areas such
as member communications, calendar scheduling, business analytics,
and developing engaging presentations. Team building has been
another outcome, as employees readily shared suggestions about
using the new software to grow the business.
Notes Margaret Coppola, the YWCA Princeton's Chief Financial
Officer, "This is such a great opportunity for us. MCCC
did an outstanding job of making employees at all levels feel
comfortable and empowered. Our staff is enthusiastic about
the chance to learn new technologies and to be better able
to create outstanding results as an organization and for our
Usdin reports that the training has been equally well-received
at other companies he has visited. "It's very valuable,
especially for the nonprofits, which may not have a budget
for training," he says.
In addition to computer classes, other free classes include
customer service, basic math and measurements, verbal communications,
writing skills, and English as a Second Language (I and II).
Businesses or individuals interested in training should contact
Michael Glass, MCCC director of statewide training, at 609-570-3530,
or e-mail CTD@mccc.edu.
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