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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.

그런 상황에서 많은 사람들은 직장과 학교 중 하나를 선택해야 한다고 생각합니다. Berg의 해결책은 그들에게 두 가지를 모두 할 수 있는 기회를 주는 것이었습니다. 오하이오주 클리블랜드 외곽에 기반을 둔 Berg와 Berg의 회사는 인근 Baldwin Wallace University와 협력하여 이를 가능하게 했습니다.

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's Office에 상주하는 팀은 Earn and Learn과 같은 비즈니스 파트너십에 대해 창의적으로 생각하는 일을 담당합니다.

“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.”

일-학습 모델에 대한 재구상

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.

Employees spend 30 hours a week on the job within Vitamix’s fast-paced production environment. The remaining 10 hours—two hours each day—are set aside to focus on the employee’s academic career, which may include virtual or in-person lectures from BW faculty, homework, or self-guided instruction with support from Vitamix and BW staff.

“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.

Stahl은 "우리는 조직의 모든 문제를 획일적인 솔루션으로는 해결할 수 없다는 것을 알고 있습니다."라고 말했습니다. "BW는 이제 강력하고 직관적인 파트너십 모델을 갖추고 있으며, 이 모델은 높은 성공률을 기록하고 있습니다."

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

Vitamix의 Learn and Earn 프로그램에 대한 정보를 얻거나 프로그램에 지원하려면 www.bw.edu/academics/vitamix를 방문하십시오.

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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