As the United States continues an uphill battle to reform its education system and to re-establish its manufacturing dominance, many educators are seeking new and innovative programs to better prepare workers and students. Tomorrow’s students need more effective training solutions and today’s workers need upgraded skills in order to cope with the ever-changing technologies of today and tomorrow.

Both multi-sensory based e-Learning and networked, digitized CD-ROM are uniquely capable of providing those solutions!

Today, many small to medium-size industries lack satisfactory training programs for their employees. Unfortunately, the cost of implementing traditional classroom instruction has often prevented these industries from investing in these more effective multi-sensory training solutions. In addition, nearly half of our workforce does not read above a 3rd or 4th Grade reading level making traditional “lecture/reading” activities ineffective.

Fortunately, more and more Community Colleges are stepping up to the plate. They are finding it possible to spread the cost of training to their business customers over a broad base by contracting with multiple users. As a Director at one such college remarked, “Our idea was to make our school a one-stop shopping training market where small and medium-size industries could come in and receive training advice and help.”

Many Community Colleges, in cooperation with local industries, are designing specific training paths for employees that utilize the most innovative training technologies (multi-sensory based e-Learning and networked, digitized CD-ROM). These cooperative solutions allow the schools to train the employees of local industries at a minimal fee, using training technology that might have been too costly for the small to medium-size industries to bear alone. In addition, the community colleges will have the opportunity to increase enrollment while providing a better-trained and more productive workforce for the community.

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— Bill Walton, Founder of ITC Learning