CPCC launches Corporate Learning Center

last modified Oct 18, 2012 08:58 AM

Business and industries looking for help with employee learning and development now have a new, single point of contact at Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC). The College has launched its Corporate Learning Center, with staff based at CPCC’s Harris Campus.

“The Corporate Learning Center is CPCC’s gateway for serving the wide range of learning and development needs of businesses and organizations in Mecklenburg County,” explained Mary Vickers-Koch, CPCC dean of business and industry learning. “The College’s great span of learning, expertise and experience make CPCC a uniquely positioned workforce development resource to help meet the performance and organizational needs of companies.”

CPCC’s Corporate Learning Center will partner with businesses and organizations to identify and understand their specific employee learning and development needs. The process will ask a number of assessment questions, including:

  • What are your business plans;
  • What improvements in employee competencies do you want to achieve; and
  • What behaviors do you want to impact?

Based on these and other discussions, the Corporate Learning Center will develop a customized program to meet the business or organization’s specific needs. “We won’t recommend a one-size-fits-all, off-the-shelf training regimen,” Vickers-Koch said.

CPCC’s Corporate Learning Center has organized its services and expertise into three tracks – training and development, organizational effectiveness and workplace learning. In addition, the center will follow five effective-learning guidelines with its partners. These are:

  1. Set clear expectations and focus on behavioral outcomes.
  2. Ensure employees understand the reasons behind the training and how employees will benefit.
  3. When possible, use team-based learning.
  4. Instructors must use multiple adult-learning methods. Lectures alone are less effective.
  5. Evaluate and measure the results. Training with follow-up and reinforcement is more effective.

“CPCC created the Corporate Learning Center to drive business results through learning,” Vickers-Koch said. “The center exists to connect employee learning and development with a company’s key business strategies. We’ll work with a company to identify the needed key employee competencies and develop those required for measurable results and a clear market advantage.

To talk with a Corporate Learning Center team member, call 704.330.4660, or see www.cpcc.edu/clc.

As part of its support of businesses, the Corporate Learning Center will kick-off its “Advantage Series” speakers program on Oct. 31. With the title “Advantage Series: Talent Management for Success,” the center invites business leaders, managers and human resource professionals to learn best practices and a strategic model for talent management from 7:30 to 11:45 a.m., at CPCC’s Harris Conference Center.

Dr. James H. Johnson, UNC-Chapel Hill William R. Kenan Jr., Distinguished Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship and director of the Urban Investment Strategies Center will serve as keynote speaker. The $30 cost includes breakfast and materials. Parking is free.

For more information and to register, see www.cpcc.edu/clc/advantage.

Central Piedmont Community College is the largest community college in North Carolina, offering close to 300 degree and certification programs, customized corporate training, market-focused continuing education, and special interest classes. CPCC is academically, financially and geographically accessible to all citizens of Mecklenburg County. In 2002, the National Alliance of Business named CPCC the Community College of the Year for its response to the workforce and technology needs of local employers and job seekers through innovative educational and training strategies.