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Trojan Battery Team Leaders Receive Leadership Development Training at OFTC 

Sandersville, Ga., (OFTC) --After identifying a need to better support key members of their company, Trojan Battery, a battery manufacturer in Sandersville, called upon local partners – Oconee Fall Line Technical College (OFTC) – to assist in addressing their key needs.

"I was introduced to OFTC’s Manager of Business and Industry Services, Roger Byrd, at the College’s Career Expo,” shared Kathryn Cooke, Senior Human Resources Manager for Trojan Battery. “I briefly spoke of our needs and Roger stated he would be happy to share some information on available training with me.” 

After receiving the proposed training information, Cooke was confident that OFTC had the expertise to meet their needs. “The proposed topics were exactly what we needed,” she said. “There was no point to look any further.” 

Customized Training ‚Äč

As a customized training partner, members of OFTC’s Business and Industry Services Team met with and listened to the specific needs as outlined by Trojan Battery in order to create the best possible training. “We asked Kathryn to relate examples of existing training gaps and designed the course content and schedule based on client need and availability of personnel to be trained,” Roger shared.

“It was great to feel that we were partnering in this endeavor,” Cooke added. “So often you are presented with a ‘take it or leave it’ scenario.” 

Fourteen Team Leaders were identified by Trojan Battery to participate in the customized training in order to provide skills development and enhancement.

“Our Team Leaders are the first point of contact for the employees who run the jobs on each shift,” she said. “Their job is difficult on the best of days. This was an opportunity to show our support in a very tangible way.” 

Trojan’s Team Leaders attended training every Tuesday – in 2 cohorts to fit their shift schedules - for eight weeks. They covered topics on: Leadership Goals, Managing Change, Communication for Leaders, Time Management, Managing Difficult Situations, Creative Problem Solving, Team Building, and Diversity and Inclusion. 

At the conclusion of the training, Trojan’s Team Leaders were recognized with an on-site graduation ceremony and reception to honor their completion of their commitment to leadership development. 

“We were very happy to partner with Trojan Battery in order to help meet their training needs,” shared Kim David, OFTC’s VP for Economic Development. “Customized training allows us to specifically meet the articulated needs of our client partners while utilizing the depth of expertise offered through our resources at OFTC.” 

“Customized training can be conducted on a wide array of topics from skilled training in partnership with our academic instructors to classroom instruction in leadership, soft skills, or computer applications,” David added. “Additionally, a number of Safety Training topics are also customizable to a company's needs.” 

Some examples of previous customized training conducted by OFTC are: Leadership training for local governments; Excel and Access training for local hospitals, banks, and mining companies; Blueprint Reading, Shop Math, Electrical and Mechanical training, and Skills Validation/Assessment for local manufacturers. 

For more info on Customized Training opportunities through OFTC, visit the Business and Industry/Safety Programs page on the OFTC.edu or contact Roger Byrd at rbyrd@oftc.edu. 


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