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How do You Allocate Your Training Dollars?

by Marshall Hill, Research Associate 


In today's economy we have all felt the pinch of a tightening budget. With a strained budget -- either personal or business -- it is important to maximize the impact of each dollar. I am sure that many of you have had to evaluate how you spend your money. It is only logical that we should be maximizing the impact of our dollars at work as well.


With this in mind, ask yourself some questions about how you decide to allocate your training dollars. Have you updated your training plan in the last year? Have you assessed how training can help you improve your current position? Does your training plan align with your strategic plan? Do you have the data to back-up your decisions?


If the answer to any of these questions is "no," it might be time to make sure you are maximizing the impact of your training budget. The first step in this process should be to make sure that you actually know the training needs of your organization. A needs assessment is the tool that you use to collect this vital information you need to start this strategic process. While the form of the needs assessment can vary from an employee survey to focus groups to analyzing data you may already have on hand, the information it provides can enable you to make data-driven decisions to meet the challenges facing your organization.

The Knowledge Network
By Willetta Shoemaker, Public Programs Coordinator 


In October 2010, lifelong learning professionals from The Corporate University embarked upon a new and exciting journey that has caused them to develop and, in the near future, launch a new approach to lifelong learning and professional development. Organizations in Stark, Wayne and southern Summit counties will soon have the opportunity to enter into a new era of cooperative lifelong learning.    


The Corporate University met with human resource professionals, training and development professionals and influential leaders from area organizations. We asked these representatives to share their thoughts and ideas on the current professional development programming and services offered by The Corporate University, as well as what they want us to offer in the future. We asked the organizational representatives to share what we should stop doing, what we should start doing and what we should keep doing. The discussions and findings gleaned from the groups were summarized with comments from lifelong learning professionals at The Corporate University and then returned to the client groups for validation. Continued interaction and more conversations lead to a final presentation of the formula for a new approach to lifelong learning, The Knowledge Network. Once again we solicited validation from clients, and The Knowledge Network was born.


The Knowledge Network is a partnership between The Corporate University and local organizations. By joining The Knowledge Network, you gain access to a comprehensive collection of programs and consulting services. These services are designed to address the individual, department and organization development needs unique to your business. Subscribing organizations and The Corporate University become long-term partners in The Knowledge Network and work together to chart a path to the future workplace and to navigate today's fast-paced, knowledge-based and generationally-diverse workplace. This partnership will ignite new solutions by encouraging critical thinking and open dialogue.


Your organization can take advantage of preferred registration and no program cancellations for each employee enrolled in The Knowedge Network. You will have access to an Individual Learning Plan Advisor to assist your enrolled employee to develop an individualized learning plan. The Knowledge Network will provide individualized transcripts, progress reports and follow-up support in the form of networking, coaching and concept review. In addition, The Knowledge Network will provide pre-program webinars and post-program feedback and tools to assist in the knowledge transfer from the learning experience into the workplace.


Tier One and Tier Two partnerships will include access to organization-wide employee opinion surveys. Tier One partners receive the added benefit of an exclusive CEO event that allows CEOs to interact in an intimate group setting with a prominent political, business or international figure.


Representatives from The Corporate University are available to discuss the needs of your organization and how The Knowledge Network can partner with you to meet the professional development needs of your workforce.

Lean Six Sigma Training and Certification Informational Breakfast

Is your organization missing that piece of the puzzle that will make it successful in 2011?
Lean Six Sigma is a full-scale business improvement methodology that can transform your organization, and build wealth and prosperity.
Be our guest!
Lean Six Sigma Training and Certification
Informational Breakfast
Thursday, June 2, 2011
7:30 - 9:30 a.m.
Contact Mona Zink at 330-244-3508 or to RSVP by Thursday, May 26, 2011. Space is limited.

Meet accomplished Lean Six Sigma consultants Bob Skillman, John Novak and Steve Skillman.


Save the date for this year's can't-miss human resource event, brought to you by The Corporate University, Kent State University at Stark:





Gain important skills and insights for

managing and inspiring your organization's

human capital through: 

Strategic Planning


Employee Engagement

and much more!


Watch your mailbox for the official Symposium invitation letter! 

Redesigned Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Programs Offered

The Corporate University now offers a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt program that has been designed for easy transition to Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Certification. Prior to the redesign, a Green Belt was required to attend a bridge program to fill in the content that was lacking to prepare the individual to complete Black Belt training and certification. Now, a participant can complete the Green Belt training and certification and transition to Black Belt by attending the last two weeks of the four-week Black Belt training and certification program.


The program was revamped by John Novak, Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt. John is one of three Lean Six Sigma consultants, who comprise the Lean Six Sigma brain trust for Kent State University's Lean Six Sigma training and certification programs.


You can meet John and all of Kent State's Lean Six Sigma team to learn more about how Lean and Six Sigma methodologies can help improve processes and create wealth in your organization. Attend an upcoming informational breakfast on June 2 at 7:30 a.m. The event will be held in The University Center, Kent State University at Stark, 6000 Frank Avenue NW, North Canton.


Call Mona at 330-244-3508 to register or email


We look forward to learning with you soon.


Kelli Baxter, Director
The Corporate University 
Kent State University at Stark