Academic Catalog

Workforce Development

The Glen Oaks Community College, Business Outreach and Services department offers a broad range of courses designed for an individual’s professional growth and development, to customizing training providing education and training tailored to businesses’ specific needs. With changing technologies and changing markets, it is more important than ever to invest in an organization’s most important resource—its people. The Business Outreach and Services Training department provides quality workforce training and development to help St. Joseph County grow and prosper.

Through innovative assessment, delivery and evaluation, Glen Oaks Community College is able to assist organizations with training, development and implementation. Today’s workplace is inundated with change as new technologies, processes and equipment emerge every day. To keep up with all these changes, an organization’s employees need ongoing training. Glen Oaks provides efficient and effective training keeping an eye on the bottom line and on developing a company’s most important asset -- its employees. Examples of training programs developed at GOCC: supervisory skills, working with millennials, communication skills, project management, lean manufacturing, metrology, blueprint reading, short-term computer classes and more. 

All training is available at the workplace, so employers are paying employees for training time, not commuting time. Also, we arrange training according to your schedule including early morning and evenings to accommodate the complex schedules of today’s workplace.

Instructors are licensed professionals experienced in the classroom and the workplace. Training content meets your business goals, whether immediate, short-term or long-term and includes hands-on experience, participant involvement and plenty of time for questions and answers.

Our experienced staff, instructors and consultants work in partnership with you to ensure every aspect of the training process is tailored to your exact requirements—from the development of custom-tailored training to post-course evaluation.  

The Business Services and Outreach office collaborates with Southwest Michigan First, the Three Rivers and Sturgis Chambers of Commerce, Michigan WORKS! Southwest and other groups and individuals interested in the economic development for St. Joseph County. Contact the Business Outreach and Services office to learn of the latest courses at 269-467-9945.