February 15, 2005
INFORMATION: John McElwain or John Green, (661) 362-3494 or 3684
Gruber Systems to be Honored at Business and Industry Reception
SANTA CLARITA -- Gruber Systems will be honored as the colleges 2005 Training Partner of the Year at a reception to be held at the Vital Express Center for the Performing Arts on Feb. 22. The reception, an event which this year is part of the colleges 35th anniversary celebration, is designed to honor the colleges business partners. It will begin at 5:30 p.m. Admission is $40 per person.
Gruber Systems Inc. was instrumental in launching the colleges customized training unit in 1989. Gruber again played a leadership role in 1996 when the college submitted its first Employment Training Panel contract (ETP) through the state of California. ETP funds support workforce development projects such as the one conducted at Gruber during the past 12 months.
Gruber Systems came to the college in the spring of 2004, said Dena Maloney, dean of economic development for the college, and asked the Employee Training Institute to provide training for 80 of their employees and to facilitate two Kaizen events. The Kaizen method is an originally Japanese management concept for incremental change and improvement and a way-of-life philosophy that assumes every aspect of our lives deserves to be constantly improved. Key elements of Kaizen are quality, effort, involvement of all employees, willingness to change and communication.
The evenings program will include a description of the results achieved by Gruber as a result of the training as well as presentations by Ms. Joan MacGregor, president of the Santa Clarita Community College District Board of Trustees; Dr. Dianne Van Hook, superintendent-president; and Maloney.
It is especially significant to recognize Grubers many contributions in this, our 35th anniversary year, stressed Maloney. Grubers leadership in securing training dollars and supporting the colleges expansion in customized training has paved the way for many other companies throughout our region to benefit from the programs we have developed. We are so pleased to be a part of Grubers future through our educational program.
This is the colleges seventh Training Partner of the Year award. Past training partner honorees include: Pacific Metal Stamping (2003/04); UltraViolet Devices Inc. (2002/03); Answer Products (2001/02); Arvato Services (2000/01) B&B Manufacturing (1999/00); Aerospace Dynamics International Inc. (1998/99) and ITT Aerospace Controls (1997/98).
For additional information and admission information, please call the College of the Canyons Foundation at (661) 362-3493.