Ferris Offers Wide Scope Training

November 7, 2003
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BIG RAPIDS — What might DME Co., Diesel Technology, Brown Machine, Dura Automotive, Pilot Industries, Delphi Automotive, Lacks Enterprises and the Michigan Department of Transportation have in common?

It turns out they are just a few of the area clients that have used services offered by the Corporate and Professional Development (CPD) division of Ferris State University.

"The Michigan Department of Transportation has used CPD for a wide range of training, including electrical, hydraulics, welding and truck-motor vehicle registration," said Jeff Turner, MDOT equipment and heavy truck coordinator.

"I personally have gone through the Truck Motor Vehicle Registration class and would recommend it for supervisors, service technicians and operators.

"It was very informative and opened my eyes to aspects of the regulations that were confusing," added Turner.

The CPD at Ferris State says that it provides customized training, consultation and assistance with writing applications for job-training grants.

Known as the Technology Transfer Center until last February, the CPD also offers certification and testing services, conference planning and customized credit programs.

Health, environmental health and safety, rubber, plastics, printing, optometry, business leadership, HVACR, heavy equipment, manufacturing, construction and automotive are some of the training areas that CPD covers.

"We have used CPD for training in the past for a number of other types of training," said Michael R. Guy of Mark IV.

"Recently we had CPD do a nine-hour workshop for our employees on lean manufacturing; the training material, the training, and how the questions were answered was nothing short of first-class."

CPD can also produce interactive multimedia training CD-ROMs for companies and organizations that need the same training message delivered to a large work force in an efficient manner.

It reports that its DACCUM process can deliver that message in the form of a computerized training course.

"The DACCUM process, as developed by FSU, utilized UA journey-workers as the 'content experts' and Ferris as the 'test construction experts,'" said Steve H. Allen, assistant director of training for the United Association of Plumbers.

"This partnership has allowed the United Association to produce a statistically valid, third-party certification program unequaled within the skilled trades," Allen added.

Spokesmen say that the CPD will even perform a training needs analysis to determine the specific skills that employees need.

"Ice Mountain could not have made a better choice than in choosing to partner with CPD during our critical first year of operation," said David Schmidt, operations manager for Ice Mountain.

"The staff provided outstanding support and direction in coordinating our extensive employee-training curriculum and daily attention to detail."

For further information on the CPD locally, one may call the Ferris State University Applied Technology Center in Grand Rapids, (616) 490-0105 or (888) 378-4378.

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