Thursday, December 11, 2003

Workforce Academy ready for business


Temporary site opens to aid employees

By John Kiesewetter
The Cincinnati Enquirer

WEST CHESTER TWP. - The Workforce Academy job training center opens for business Friday, unable to wait for its new, 3,000-square-foot building to open.

Ground will be broken this morning for the building that will house the regional adult education center, a Peoples Community Bank and the Southeastern Butler County Chamber of Commerce headquarters at Cox and Tylersville roads, at the Voice of America Centre.

"When we move into the new building, we want the Workforce Academy to be up and running," says Joe Hinson, president and CEO of the chamber, serving booming West Chester and Liberty townships.

So at 7:30 a.m. Friday, Tammy Allen from the Miami University Middletown branch will conduct the academy's first seminar, on cultural diversity, in the conference room at the chamber, 8945 Brookside Ave., Olde West Chester.

Created last year, the Workforce Academy is a collaboration with the Butler Technology and Career Development Schools, Miami's Hamilton and Middletown campuses and the chamber. It will provide customized training for employees, says Sherry Owens, director.

Monthly classes will be scheduled in the Olde West Chester office until the bank building opens in June, she says. "We want to give businesses a sample of what we can do," she says.

Four high-tech classrooms will be built in the ground floor of the bank building, a half mile east of the Interstate 75/Tylersville Road interchange.

Providing job training services should attract businesses to the area, and help keep companies already here, Hinson says.

The chamber is Butler County's largest, with 710 members from Northern Kentucky to Dayton, Ohio.

E-mail jkiesewetter@enquirer.com




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