Summer 2008 |
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.