Normandale Community College and Bloomington-based hearing aid manufacturer, ReSound hosted a ceremony at Resound's headquarters to announce the joint acceptance of a 3-year Minnesota Job Skills Partnership (MJSP) training grant. The grant, awarded by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), aims to develop skills in Minnesota's workforce to keep jobs and grow jobs in the state. Representatives from both organizations officially signed the the grant on Friday, November 13.
Normandale and ReSound will work to develop courses that will allow the organization to take advantage of an opportunity to grow its presence in the customized device market. Already, the company has increased market share and hired 55 new employees in 2015. Because this grant represents a huge learning initiative, the first group of courses will focus on preparing the organization to learn. This foundation will set the stage for the next phase, which will help the organization develop customized processes and to better incorporate customer feedback. The final phase is designed to help ReSound sustain the learning by preparing mentors, coaches, and trainers within the organization.
"As our organization experiences exceptional growth and innovation, it is imperative that we focus on the training and development of our workforce," said ReSound President, Kim Lody. "Partnering with Normandale, an organization in our own backyard, was especially important to us as many of our employees have roots in the community."
"We are especially excited to work with a company like ReSound because of our shared commitment to employee development," said Jeff Hudson, Normandale Community College Program Director, Continuing Education and Customized Training. "We look forward to the grant, but also to a long and sustained partnership."