Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Metro Tech Steps Up Training Efforts

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Metro Tech Steps Up Training Efforts

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As business turns more to the Internet as a way to cut travel costs, Metro Tech is stepping up efforts to train the business leaders.

While the school, at its Economic Development Center on Springlake Drive, has been offering distance-learning courses for years, the latest trend is showing business executives the need for more education.

"As the software for distance learning and teleconferencing is further developed, business leaders feel they need to get into this to cut travel," said Barbara Loudermilk, director of the school's Business and Industry Service. "We'd like to offer more of this type of education.

"I know that a lot of businesses have been involved, and in fact other companies are offering teleconferencing, but I think that we need to do more in education. Business leaders must know that there is a place where their employees can be trained."

Besides the need for business teleconference and distance learning, schools also are finding the Internet or wireless communications a good tool for them.

Several schools offer specialty courses to be distributed over the Internet or an Intranet to help other schools.

In these instances, a highly qualified and specially trained teacher will offer courses in Oklahoma City, talking to students in classrooms all over the state. This allows each school to offer advanced courses in math and science without the expense involved.

"Business saw this and decided they could benefit from it, too," said Pete Kramer, the center's training coordinator.

"There was an instance where one of our clients needed to refine the process of making components by talking with the customer in California," Kramer said. "This was a small company, making only some of the parts and later the components that were shipped to California.

"They (the Oklahoma company) only had eight employees, so it would have been too expensive for them to shut down, send the entire company to California to discuss the problem.

"They came to us and we helped them with several things, including the two-way video conferencing."

This two-way video conferencing allowed engineers in California to talk directly to machine operators in Oklahoma, explaining the components, then helping to refine the manufacturing process. …

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