|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Editorial Contact at Tooling U
Greg Jones (216) 706-6649
Editorial Contact at R.H. Blake, Inc.
Bruce R. Blake (216) 595-2400
TOOLING UNIVERSITY EXPANDS ITS LEARNING MANAGEMENT SYSTEM CAPABILITIES TO INCLUDE TRACKING OF APPRENTICESHIP AND OTHER HANDS-ON AND INSTRUCTOR-LED TRAINING PROGRAMS
CLEVELAND, OH – September 3, 2004– Tooling University®, (Tooling U®), today announced the launch of the Career and Apprenticeship Learning Management System (CALMS). CALMS is a management tool that expands the functionality of the Tooling U Learning Management System (LMS) allowing training administrators to keep track of offline training programs, like apprenticeship programs along with their online training program within their corporate Administration Center account at Tooling U.
CALMS is a true blended learning management documentation tool that allows administrators to select training categories from a list or define and create new training categories that can be tracked and monitored along with a trainee’s online training program at Tooling U.
CALMS keeps track of other training certifications like NIMS or licenses that result from a forklift training program, for example and allows an administrator to set up renewal dates and track where the actual certificate or license is filed. Attendance at mandatory company training programs is also included.
For apprenticeship programs, administrators can now track the amount of time an individual spends in other hands-on, instructor-led and machining lab programs.
“We were finding that administrators were keeping track of training programs in various files by the type of program like Forklift training, MSDS training, ISO Audit training, etc. said Greg Jones, Director of Marketing and Sales for Tooling U. “CALMS allows administrators to quickly define and set up tracking to the individual so that they can record all employee career and apprenticeship training in one place whether the training is conducted online or off.”
Jones continued, “CALMS provides one place to look to answer the questions about who has been trained, what they have been trained on, where and when the training took place, the results of the training and when the training is scheduled to be renewed or taken to another level.”
“We believe that CALMS will help companies to better align their learning initiatives with overall business objectives”, Jones concluded.
Tooling University provides on-demand web-based training to industrial manufacturing companies and educational institutions. Disciplines include classes in math, metal cutting, metal forming, materials, workholding, CNC and others. Classes are intended to provide “real-world, roll-up-your-sleeves” content as a superior alternative to traditional training techniques such as seminars, text-based or video-based approaches.
Tooling U students participate in classes that exploit the Internet’s capabilities. Detailed instruction using audio voice-overs, text, photographs, and illustrations are supplemented by full motion video, an interactive dictionary and note-taking capability, and links to an archive of articles from the industry’s leading publishers. In addition, comprehensive assessment and measurement tools are available for training management.
A free trial class is available at the company’s website, www.toolingu.com/free.
Tooling University is exhibiting at IMTS 2004, booth # D-3117.