Fort Collins, Colo. – More than 180 employees at New Belgium Brewing gained new skills this year thanks to a major grant from the state of Colorado.

Front Range Community College’s Corporate Solutions division helped New Belgium acquire the necessary grant funding to “upskill” the company’s employees in key areas of business training. The courses included Lean Six Sigma, project management for manufacturing, emotional intelligence, and communication and relationship building. The classes were all facilitated by trainers from Corporate Solutions.

“We completed the Lean program at New Belgium Brewing with amazing results,” said Bruce Sindahl, a Lean trainer for FRCC’s Corporate Solutions. “They’re well on their way to generating significant extra revenue from their canning facility because of decreased changeover time (increased production time).  Over the course of the program line efficiencies improved by over 15%, which adds up to a lot of cases of beer!  It’s been a pleasure working with them, a stellar group of folks.”

FRCC Corporate Solutions provides customized training for area businesses and is key to obtaining grant funding for training employees. The Existing Industry and Colorado First grant programs are jointly administered by the Colorado Community College System (CCCS) and the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT). The grants are managed through participating colleges.

Find out more about applying for training grants and training employees at: www.frontrange.edu/corporate-and-workforce-training

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FRCC offers nearly 100 degree and certificate programs from locations in Boulder County, Larimer County, Westminster, and Brighton, and online. FRCC is a member of the Colorado Community College System.

About the Colorado Community College System

The Colorado Community College System (CCCS) is the state’s largest system of higher education, serving more than 137,000 students annually at 13 colleges and 39 locations across Colorado. CCCS’s open access mission ensures that all Coloradans who aspire to enrich their lives have access to quality higher education opportunities. CCCS students save time and money with affordable tuition and fees, concurrent enrollment and guaranteed transfer to any public university in Colorado. Online courses are available via Colorado Community Colleges Online. CCCS also oversees career and technical programs in its 13 colleges, more than 160 school districts and 6 other post-secondary institutions. By partnering with business and industry, CCCS helps employers meet workforce needs and prepares students for direct entry to their chosen career pathway. The vast majority of CCCS students are Colorado residents and, after graduation, 97% of CCCS students stay in state becoming the workforce that powers the Colorado economy and the heart of its neighborhoods, businesses and communities.

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