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Vitamix, BW launch custom ‘Learn and Earn’ approach to workforce development

BEREA, OH— Vitamix President and CEO Dr. Jodi Berg saw a need in the local community to help young people who want to pursue post-secondary education but who, for various reasons, still need to maintain a steady income.

そのような状況では、仕事と学校のどちらかを選ばなければならない人も少なくありません。ベルクの解決策は、彼らに両方のチャンスを与えることでした。彼女と彼女の会社は、オハイオ州クリーブランドの外に拠点を置き、近くのボールドウィン・ウォーレス大学と協力してそれを実現しました。

Navigating critical work-life balance

A new BW-Vitamix workforce education partnership, called “Learn and Earn,” affords young workers the opportunity to join the Vitamix Supply Chain team and spend a part of their time at work each day earning a new Bachelor of Applied Business degree, which recently received approval from the State of Ohio Board of Regents.

The income-vs-schooling dilemma was not the only obstacle for many potential new Vitamix employees, says Berg.

“A good number of these young people simply don’t know how to apply for college or, once they get there, how to study and learn,” she noted. “This program allows them to earn an income while furthering their education, but it also gives them the coaching and mentoring they need to succeed. It helps to solve a life-balance problem that prevents many young adults from ever earning a degree.”

New approach to workforce development

BW Provostのオフィスに所属するチームは、Earn and Learnのようなビジネスパートナーシップについて、既成概念にとらわれずに考えることを使命としています。

“We take a consultative approach with businesses,” explained BW Provost Dr. Stephen Stahl. “We undertook the challenge at Vitamix as we do with all of our business partners, working side by side as a true collaborator, listening and working to create beneficial, multifaceted solutions that address their needs and build a solid foundation for success.”

ワークスタディーモデルの再構築

BW and Vitamix worked together to create the innovative, onsite, workday course delivery model, as well as on the degree itself, which won state approval on March 3.

従業員は、Vitamixを使って週に30時間、ハイペースで調理をこなしています。残りの10時間(1日2時間)は、従業員のアカデミックキャリアに専念できるよう確保されています。これには、BWの教職員によるオンラインまたは対面講義、課題、VitamixおよびBWスタッフのサポートによるセルフガイド形式の指導が含まれています。

“One of the keys to this program is our ability to offer a shift schedule in which student-workers can start and end their workdays together,” said Berg.

Employees who qualify for full financial aid could have no out-of-pocket expenses.

Custom training partnerships

The Learn and Earn program model is one that Stahl says can be applied to other companies looking to recruit, build and retain a skilled workforce. While the applied business degree is the initial offering, the partners envision adding program tracks that lead to certificates or bachelor’s degrees in a range of different fields.

「私たちは、あらゆる組織の課題に対して画一的なソリューションは存在しないことを認識しています」とシュタール氏は語ります。「BWには現在、成功実績を持つ、強力でより直感的なパートナーシップモデルがあります」

The effort to redefine and innovate new possibilities for university-organizational partnerships grew out of BW’s current strategic plan, which calls for the University to be “positioned as an essential partner in the economic and community development of Northeast Ohio and beyond.”

“BW has a long history of collaborating with area companies on custom training and consulting provided by our world-class faculty,” said Stahl. “We are now building on that tradition.”

Find out more

For information about the BW’s custom education solutions, contact the Office of the Provost/Academic Affairs www.bw.edu/about/offices/academic-affairs

VitamixのLearn and Earnプログラムの情報や応募については、www.bw.edu/academics/vitamixをご覧ください。

Media Contacts

BW Contact: Shawn Salamone
(440) 826-2325
ssalamone@bw.edu

Vitamix Contact: Alyssa Santoli
(440) 782-2447
asantoli@vitamix.com

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