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December 06, 2007
WIKA & Gwinnett Tech Enter Quick Start Training Agreement
Gwinnett Tech to Provide WIKA Customized Workforce Training through Quick Start Initiative
Gwinnett Technical College and WIKA Instrument Corporation have entered into an agreement that will provide training for employees of the company's Lawrenceville facility. The training, conducted through the college's Quick Start division, is based on WIKA's commitment to growth in the Lawrenceville area.
"We are delighted to continue our strong and ongoing training partnership with WIKA," said Gwinnett Tech President Sharon Bartels. "We have been working with them on leadership training and in many other areas for several years. WIKA's leadership recognizes the tremendous value of continued employee training and we are proud to support that commitment."
The training program is a partnership of three key players: WIKA, Gwinnett Tech and Quick Start.
Quick Start is Georgia's internationally acclaimed economic development program that provides customized workforce training at no cost to qualified new, expanding and existing businesses in Georgia. Since 1967, Quick Start has trained more than 600,000 employees through 5,100 projects with a broad range of industries.
The Quick Start training agreement was developed based on a project study that was conducted at the WIKA in Lawrenceville. Quick Start will be designing and developing training material, as well as providing instructors, for the classes.
The partnership will not end when the Quick Start training is completed. Gwinnett Technical College will be available to assist WIKA with ongoing training programs.
"WIKA takes pride in promoting an environment of continuous improvement, encouraging its employees to further their professional development. Gwinnett Technical College has provided leadership training to WIKA employees for many years, and WIKA is very excited about expanding this relationship through the Quick Start program," states Michael Gerster, president, WIKA Instrument Corporation.
"The only assets that appreciate within an organization are employees, everything else depreciates. We feel that this program is an investment in our workforce, and we couldn't ask for better partners to help WIKA accomplish our training objectives," Gerster adds.
For over 60 years, WIKA has been advancing the world of pressure and temperature instrumentation. Regarded as the global leader, WIKA has pioneered many products for a broad range of diverse industries, end-users and OEM applications. Their success is reflected in the company's commitment to lean methodology, product innovation and customer focus.
The Quick Start training will be in the following areas:
- Job Specific Skills
- Core Skills
- Collaborative Skills
- Quality and Productive Enhancement
Since 2005, Gwinnett Tech has conducted three Leadership Academies for WIKA. Each academy is comprised of 18 varied management and leadership courses, with seven hours of instruction in each area. Gwinnett Tech has also provided WIKA training in areas including OSHA, computer training, ESL (English Second Language), and AutoCAD.
For more information about the Quick Start program and/or Gwinnett Tech's customized training services, contact 678-226-6305 or learn more at www.GwinnettTech.edu.
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