The year 2020 hasn’t been one that many of us could have predicted. Sure, the start of a new decade would be a year of change, but not quite in the way of dealing with a global pandemic. The exact impact of this virus remains to be seen, but what has been truly remarkable is how businesses have been able to pivot, adapt, and find new ways to operate amidst this crisis.
Restaurants have transitioned to perfecting their takeout menus, artists have taken to virtual concerts and performances to be enjoyed from your living room, and educators have brought their lesson plans to the web – using new tools, video conferencing, and ingenuity to bring educational opportunities to you anywhere that you have access to the internet.
As we approach fall and a new school year, it is a good time to look into local opportunities for continuing education for yourself and your staff. In some cases, the impact of the global pandemic has made these resources more accessible. With access to the internet and a computer or other hand-held smart device, you can access information and training resources from the safety and comfort of your office (wherever that may be at this moment in time). This also translates into a shorter commute time from the production floor to the classroom, making it more accessible for employees and offers less downtime for production. In fact, it might be the most opportune time to schedule some staff development.
Ready to invest in your staff? Here is a list of opportunities for you and your staff to continue learn in a safe way:
Champlain Valley Educational Services (CVES)
CVES provides career preparation and instructional services, along with a variety of other services in academia. As a result of the pandemic, CVES has brought many of their services online and have adapted curriculum to meet the needs of the time.
North Country Chamber of Commerce
The North Country Chamber of Commerce has provided numerous opportunities for professional development throughout the course of the pandemic, many free of charge. If you are looking for resources for yourself or your staff, learn more about their webinars here.
CITEC is a consulting and training services company located in the North Country New York to help manufacturing businesses big and small to innovate and grow. CITEC offers resources for businesses to grow their operations, develop in their staff, and much more.
Institute for Advance Manufacturing (IAM) at Clinton Community College
The Institute for Advance Manufacturing (IAM) at Clinton Community College is a fantastic local resource for businesses in the Northern New York. This state-of-the-art facility offers courses through Clinton Community College to support the next generation of manufacturing professionals as well as aid in training and developing current employees through programs developed to meet businesses individual needs. Measures have been taken to ensure the safety of students and staff while still providing unique hands-on learning experiences. Learn more.