West Fraser Employees Complete College's Professional Development Academy

MALVERN, AR -- Employees at West Fraser Mill in Leola and Huttig completed the College of the Ouachitas (COTO) Professional Development Academy in December.  Both mills began the academy in the summer and completed the training in four months.  The training was facilitated by Mason Robinson, Director of Workforce Development at the Malvern college.

“The courses associated with the Professional Development Academy have given my staff the tools to advance and have energized them to new levels.  Thanks for providing such beneficial and appropriate training,” said Mike Bonnette, Mill Manager for the West Fraser Leola Mill when asked how the training has impacted his employees. Additionally, participants have stated that the training has “changed my way of thinking”; is “good information that I can use to be a better leader”; “the materials and guides were excellent, simple, easy to use”; taught them “…how to deal with people and projects”; is “relevant to my work environment and useful in everyday operations”; and “gives you a new way of thinking about your team and ways to manage.”

The purpose of the COTO Professional Development Academy is to better prepare and advance the managerial and leadership skills for local business and industry professionals.  The academy consists of eight, four hour sessions: Communicating for Leadership Success; Coaching for Peak Performance; Driving Change, Setting Goals & Reviewing Results; Delegating with Purpose, Resolving Workplace Conflict, Maximizing Team Performance; and Planning & Managing Resources. 

Fifty percent of the cost of the training was reimbursed by a grant received from the Office of Skills Development. The College can partner with any interested industry/business to provide quality and affordable professional development training either on-site or at the COTO campus. For more information about the COTO Professional Development Academy, contact Mason Robinson at 501.332.0249 or visit http://coto.edu/pages/professional_development_academy.