By: David Ramos, STC IAM Project Training Specialist
More than 50 employees from Motorola received a 2007 Microsoft Office applications update from South Texas College’s Institute for Advanced Manufacturing. The 2003-2007 software migration was conducted at the Motorola facility in the Maquila Industrial Park in McAllen.
The onsite training was conducted during working hours so employees could bring in real work scenarios where the instructor could help. Armed with a master’s degree in computer science, STC Instructor Eric Garcia effectively tailored the curriculum so employees finished with the necessary knowledge of the 2007 Office Suite, including applications like Excel, PowerPoint, Access and Word.
“The idea was to teach the learner to create useful, custom applications that they could incorporate into their everyday tasks, said Eric Garcia, IAM instructor. “Training on running reports, building user forms and adding data dynamically to excel spreadsheets is common in office environments like at Motorola, so that was my main focus.”
“The IT training provided to us by South Texas College in the manner of an Advanced Excel course filled a gap that we have had at Motorola for over two years,” said Joel Reyes, spokesperson for Motorola. “Our advanced Excel users needed to be able to go to the next level with their skills and the course allowed the employees to do just that. We look forward to working together with STC in the future to help us with our training needs.”
Training was made possible by a skills development grant provide by the Texas Workforce Commission through South Texas College.
“It’s great to see that major companies like Motorola can count on STC to provide quality training,” said Carlos Margo, regional manager for STC’s IAM. “It shows that we are able maintain and provide a high level of training to meet the needs of all types of manufacturing companies in our region.”