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Colleges offer customized on-site training in addition to their industrial certificate programs

In addition to the benefits of its strategic location and dedicated workforce, Northeastern Pennsylvania has developed into a prime location for companies in the food processing industry because of the vast educational opportunities that further help develop its workforce.

Several colleges and universities within minutes of Greater Hazleton offer education and customized training programs that are ideal for current and future employees in the food processing industry. In addition to on-site employee training programs, educational courses are available at 10 colleges across Northeastern PAThe list includes four of Penn State University’s branch campuses, Johnson College, Keystone College, Lehigh Carbon Community College, Luzerne County Community College and Lackawanna College.

Most of the colleges offer customized training programs for companies, including Penn State University’s Hazleton campus. Debra Conway, director of Penn State Hazleton’s office of continuing education, said the university’s continuing education program offers many services to area companies to help them develop their workforce and competitive advantage.

“Penn State Hazleton can partner with a company to design college credit programs offered at the business to meet the organizational development needs of the workforce. Classes can be conducted on-site at times convenient to the organization,” Conway said.

An area manager who recently attended a Penn State Hazleton management development program said, “The instructor’s mastery of material, effective teaching style, use of relevant examples, and recommended tools and techniques really made a difference. I’ve never seen a group more enthusiastic and pumped up about improving their businesses and working together as a team.”

In Penn State University’s Hazleton’s Industrial Maintenance certificate program, students receive a certificate from Penn State University’s College of Engineering at the completion of the program. The program includes courses in industrial math and electricity, motor controls and the programmable logic controllers system. An American Production Inventory Control Society (APICS) certificate program in production and inventory management is also available at Penn State Hazleton. The program is a structured series of courses designed to help the student take charge of planning and controlling the production, manufacturing and inventory systems within a company or organization. Certificate programs are also offered for logistics supply chain management and supply chain and materials management.

Luzerne County Community College’s many programs include an Industrial Maintenance Technician certificate and American Management Association certificate programs in manufacturing and management. LCCC’s Industrial Maintenance Technician program provides students with exposure to all aspects of the manufacturing, production and maintenance needs of industry. Additionally, LCCC offers specialized certifications in industrial electricity, industrial motor controls, programmable logic controllers, basic fundamentals of welding and photovoltaic (solar panel) installation.

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