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Online Learning, On-Demand
By Sara Mackey, Wisconsin Technical College System

Imagine the following scenario Ė the hiring situation is dire Ė there are too few candidates for the skills your company needs to operate most efficiently and compete effectively. Now imagine youíre in the midst of the pandemic, so your productivity is down and you need to limit people coming and going from your place of business, yet you also need to ask your staff to take on new tasks.

Is this situation more like reality to you currently? Many of Wisconsinís technical colleges, including Northcentral Technical College, Moraine Park Technical College, Madison College, Fox Valley Technical College, and Waukesha County Technical College offer such on-demand training. The partner youíve trusted for years to provide relevant, affordable training and education partners with ed2go.com to provide courses with the same quality and rigor youíve come to expect, and are available anywhere, at any time. Many of the courses are SHRM-certified as well, and can even be accessed through the www.shrm.org website.

For example, perhaps your company would like to apply for grants that are readily available to small businesses, as long as you can compete for them. That might be a welcome option, but if you donít know how to write a grant or you donít have any staff that can do that, you can now simply head to www.ed2go.com/northcentraltech. From that site, you can browse and select from courses in many different categories, similar to the courses offered on the campus itself, with the instructors you know from your local college, but with different timelines and easier access.

The categories of classes available include arts and design, business, computer applications, computer science, construction and trades, health and fitness, hospitality, information technology, language, legal, math and science, teacher professional development, test prep and writing. Courses may be packaged individually or in a series of courses.

Whether you need an employee to qualify for an industry-specific certification or want to promote them into a new career, the courses-to-go are a great option to meet those goals in this challenging time. The advantages to your staff are numerous, from being able to start and complete the work on a timeline that accommodates work and personal obligations, and many of the courses can be completed within six months.

If you are looking internationally to create new business opportunities but need your employees to be able to speak fluently, the courses offered vary as widely as Spanish and Speed Spanish, conversational Japanese, speaking with humor, or American Sign Language (ASL) to name a few. Once you see the opportunities available, you may consider many more ways to increase your market reach and potential.

Most competencies can be acquired through one of three learning pedagogies, from self-paced to instructor-lead to full career education programs. Whether you need to add some Excel skills to your accounting team, expand your presence through online marketing, or offer mindfulness as a benefit to your employees, there is something for just about any need.

Visit www.WTCSystem.edu/colleges to contact the college of your choice and learn more about online learning options.

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