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Scholastic Success Story


Jefferson City based Scholastic Books, Inc wanted training for employees that would help them create efficiencies in their operations. The goal was to educate participants on process improvement and the tools they could use in their employment. Yet, they needed a course customized to their specific needs.

The company was able to meet the challenge and create a course that checked all the boxes by partnering with The LearningForce at State Fair Community College; an education partner of Missouri One Start. As a result, they provided training to twenty-nine employees. The courses covered topics such as Lean Six Sigma principles, cause and effect diagrams, and mistake proofing among others. Two instructors with differing backgrounds led the classes. This variety provided participants with a unique experience covering various situational examples.

After training, participants reported that they found it informative and helpful. Approximately 85% of respondents listed process mapping tools as the most valuable takeaway. The company plans to duplicate this training in the future.

“Scholastic is a valuable employer and industry in the Jefferson City region,” says Amy Jackson, The LearningForce Executive Director. “Their partnership with State Fair Community College and Missouri One Start has spanned many years and has enabled the company to secure funds that help offset the cost of training. This enables their workforce to remain competitive in the marketplace.”

About Missouri One Start:

Missouri One Start is a Division within the Department of Economic Development. Training programs are administered regionally by local education agencies (LEAs). In addition to meeting certain eligibility criteria, companies must be making a capital investment five times greater than the amount of training funds they receive.


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