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University of Iowa News Release

 

Oct. 30, 2006

'Remarkable Cooperation' Leads To Free Training For Displaced Maytag Workers 

To help displaced Maytag workers in Newton, Iowa, retrain or upgrade skills, the Newton campus of Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC), the University of Iowa, and the SkillSoft Corporation are providing access to self-directed online training to 50 workers at no charge.

The SkillSoft Corporation will provide the initial training to the workers in several sessions at the Newton DMACC computer lab on Wednesday, Nov. 1.

Training participants will be able to choose courses from a range of areas including information technology, management and leadership skills, professional effectiveness, and a variety of software applications and compliance topics.

Participants will have access to the DMACC computer lab for six months after the training if they do not have computer access elsewhere. The training opportunity was made available to workers on a first-come, first-served basis.

SkillSoft is a leading global provider of e-learning content and technology products. Yearly subscriptions to SkillSoft courses and certification packages have been available to Iowans through the UI since October 2004. The UI's Learning and Development office and the Division of Continuing Education have agreed to waive the subscription fees for the Maytag workers.

Participants have access to SkillSoft's General Business Catalog for six months.

Maureen McCormick, who as director of UI Learning and Development oversees the UI contract with the SkillSoft Corporation, sought the corporation's support by requesting a variation in the university's agreement with the company.

"We're excited we can offer this assistance to Iowans so they can re-enter the job market as quickly as possible," McCormick said. "None of it would have been possible without a remarkable degree of cooperation among the UI, DMACC and SkillSoft."

The Center for Credit Programs, part of the UI's Division of Continuing Education, offers undergraduate- and graduate-level courses and programs to students across Iowa through distance education or on-campus classes scheduled at times convenient for full-time workers. More information is available at http://www.continuetolearn.uiowa.edu/ccp/.

The UI's office of Learning and Development provides professional development services to faculty and staff and also offers external programs to Iowans through its educational outreach activities.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: Stephen J. Pradarelli, 319-384-0007, stephen-pradarelli@uiowa.edu; Program: Maureen McCormick, 319-335-2672, maureen-mccormick@uiowa.edu.