• Bennington kicks off work-force training
    By TRICIA N. HAYES | February 26,2013
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    Provided Lisa Dunbar of New Directions Consulting leads a micro workshop for business leaders at the kick-off of the Workforce Training Series in Bennington.
    For years, Greg VanHouten and his staff thought nothing of traveling many miles to gain important work-force training skills. They attended seminars in Rutland, Albany, NY and Springfield, MA, because that service wasn’t available in the Bennington region.

    Now, though, with the recently announced Workforce Training Series, training classes will be offered close to home.

    VanHouten, owner of GVH Studio in Bennington, has teamed up with New Directions Consulting Inc. of North Bennington in conjunction with the Town of Bennington’s Office of Economic and Community Development, the Bennington Economic Development Taskforce, the Workforce Investment Board, and local employers to present full-day workplace seminars in Bennington.

    Beginning this month, the four-part series kicks off with “Dynamic Supervision: What Every Supervisor Should Know But Was Never Told” followed by “Employee 101: Be The Employee Every Manager Wants” on May 3. The second half of the annual program includes “Communication Skills: Crash Course On Getting Along With Others in the Workplace” on September 6 and concludes with “Dynamic Supervision 2: Taking Your Management Skills to the Next Level” on November 1. Lisa Dunbar, the principal trainer with New Directions, will lead each of the programs.

    “Employees good at their job often are promoted to a first-time supervisor position without any training,” explained VanHouten, organizer and underwriter of the program. “Often, they end up losing their jobs for not understanding the demands of the position — prioritization, work flow and understanding relationships.

    The goal, he explained, is to create “win/win situations described by Stephen Covey in his management program. The payback is immediate and exponential for the employee and the employers.”

    Stephen Richards Covey was an American educator, author, businessman, and keynote speaker. His most popular book was The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People,a synthesis of self-help and business literature.

    Details of the program were unveiled at a December meeting attended by nearly 30 leaders in business, education, medical, and manufacturing industries. Attendees participated in a micro workshop led by Dunbar on “Effective Meeting Skills,”

    “We built the one-hour presentation not only to be like one of our seminars, but also as a way to walk these key decision-makers through how we teach our courses; why we do the experiential or group discussions within our trainings, and why it can be so effective,” said Dunbar..

    Tuition is $150 per person per class; the price drops to $125 per person for four or more employees attending from the same business. Each class will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Mt. Anthony Country Club in Bennington. Visit http://info.newdirectionsconsulting.com/the-workforce-training-series-of-bennington for details.
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