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Hormel Plant Technicians Succeed Through Education

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Success in the Fremont Hormel Foods Plant can be traced to a long history of classes Hormel employees take from Metropolitan Community College. In testing their technicians in systems from across the country, it was found that technicians from the Fremont plant test the same or better. The only different variable is the classes employees take through MCC.

For nearly a decade, MCC has offered courses from its existing catalog spanning three different program areas: electronics, machinery and industrial maintenance. Though not working off a large formal agreement, the classes have proven a successful follow-up to prerequisite coursework required by Hormel´s plant maintenance employees in Fremont.

The success from MCC courses were the topic of a recent visit from Hormel executives and administrators from Riverland Community College in Hormel´s ´hometown´ of Austin, Minn. MCC dean of Applied Technology Bill Owen said the visit´s purpose was to look into the courses and programs MCC offered to Hormel in the possibility of successfully modeling what MCC has done.

"We had an excellent visit, and we learned a lot; most notably, we learned that we should do it more often. Now that we are back, we hope to use what we´ve seen and learned to ultimately explore ways we can work more closely together in the future," said Tim J. Fritz, director of industrial relations at Hormel Foods.

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