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.
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
一个设在 BW 教务长办公室的团队，负责对诸如学习与赚积分计划一类的商业合作关系进行创新性思考。
“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.”
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.
Vitamix 员工在快节奏的生产环境中，每周花费 30 小时在岗位上工作。剩余的 10 小时（每天 2 小时）则专门用于关注员工的学术生涯，其中可能包括 BW 教员的虚拟或面对面的讲座、家庭作业或在 Vitamix 和 BW 员工的支持下进行自我指导。
“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.
“我们意识到，对于每一个组织挑战，都没有一种万能的解决方案。”Stahl 说道。“BW 现在拥有强大、更直观的合作伙伴模式，并拥有成功的记录。”
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
如需获取信息或申请 Vitamix 的学习与赚积分计划，请访问：www.bw.edu/academics/vitamix
BW Contact: Shawn Salamone
Vitamix Contact: Alyssa Santoli