|Tooling U Announcement
May 16, 2005
Cleveland, OH – Tooling University, the leader in online education and training for manufacturing and shop floor trades, has agreed with Kennametal Inc., a leading global supplier of tooling, engineered components and advanced materials, to launch the company’s first-ever online technical education program. It will be an extension of Kennametal’s Educational Services (KU) and will allow the company to certify its sales force as experts in metal cutting applications engineering. The program is targeted to start in July 2005, according to Jeffrey Holst, Kennametal director of organizational effectiveness.
KU is dedicated to providing expert instruction in Metal Cutting Application Engineering. Courses are offered at the basic and advanced levels, and include classroom, lab, and machine demonstration. Course content is designed to provide the metalworking professional with necessary skills to gain optimum performance in metal cutting operations.
For more information on KU, please visit www.kennametal.com and select the education tab.
The online education program provides the accountability and measurement needed to cost effectively certify the metal cutting expertise of Kennametal’s sales force, both internally and through its distributor partner network.
"We’re continually looking for ways to optimize productivity for our manufacturer clients," said Holst. "Tooling University’s training tools allow us to verify and account for gains in expertise, while our sales force gets to access the knowledge on a 24x7 basis."
Tooling University was founded by Jergens Inc., a sixty-year-old Cleveland-based manufacturing company, to solve manufacturing problems. The Cleveland manufacturer first developed its curriculum and tools of assessment and ongoing measurement in 2000.
Jack Schron, CEO of Jergens Inc. and Tooling University, originally began developing curriculum offerings for his employees in response to global economic pressures for greater shop-floor productivity that continue to compound. Through discussions with vendors, suppliers and customers, he realized they each shared a challenge for continuous skills training and productivity knowledge on the shop floor, field sales and customer support. He also realized that a web-based service could respond to these challenges more effectively and efficiently, regardless of location.
"We’re responding to the global need for training that ensures productivity gains while assuring quality and safety," said Schron. "We do it by providing learning sessions that can be scheduled around production requirements or personal needs, offering learning opportunities at the convenience of the trainee and giving management real-time access and measurement of results."
Tooling University offers free classroom trials at www.toolingu.com
For information about Kennametal U, contact Jim Kasperik at (724) 539-6842.