GCC offering free workshops to small businesses

  • Greenfield Community College has received a $55,000 grant to provide training in non-technical professional skills through 2020. Staff File Photo/PAUL FRANZ

Staff Report
Published: 6/14/2020 2:38:41 PM

GREENFIELD — Greenfield Community College (GCC) has received a $55,000 grant from the Workforce Training Fund to provide training in non-technical professional skills through 2020.

Administered by Commonwealth Corporation — a state agency that fosters partnerships between industry, education and workforce organizations — the fund is a program of the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development, according to a GCC press release. Through the program, companies with 100 or fewer employees who contribute to the fund are eligible to bring free online training in Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, Quickbooks and WordPress to current and recently hired employees.

“This is an excellent way for employers to keep their employees’ skills current to meet the demands of the business and technology world,” explained Kristin Cole, GCC’s associate director of Workforce Development & Community Education. “It’s an opportunity for small organizations to up-skill their workforce at no cost to them.”

To deliver the training, GCC has partnered with Pioneer Training, a local organization specializing in database and Microsoft Office programming, web development and computer training, the release states. Taught by adjunct faculty, the current roster of courses includes Computing Essentials for Mac, Microsoft Excel (basic, intermediate or advanced), Microsoft Word (intermediate or advanced), QuickBooks and WordPress.

Taught virtually, each course enrolls an average of 10 to 12 students at a time, the release states. Applying companies may also request to work directly with GCC to create customized training to meet the specific needs of their organization.

“This is a great time to do this,” Cole added. “So many employees are working remotely, some of whom have had their roles reduced, freeing up new pockets of time.”

To see if your small business is eligible, view the eligibility guidelines at workforcetrainingfund.org. With questions or to participate, email non-credit@gcc.mass.edu.


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