News Release - SWGTC, Cleaver-Brooks Partnership Brings Higher Education to Employees
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SWGTC, Cleaver-Brooks Partnership Brings Higher Education to Employees

THOMASVILLE, Ga:  October 17, 2012


In 2010, Southwest Georgia Technical College (SWGTC) was approached by Cleaver-Brooks with a request to offer SWGTC’s Business Management Program on site to their employees. SWGTC, a College which takes every opportunity possible to partner with other community businesses, was more than open to the idea and began planning the necessary logistics.

Dennis Lee, SWGTC Dean, “At SWGTC we strive to be a strong community partner and resource to local business and organizations.  We were happy to collaborate with Cleaver-Brooks on this project. This partnership was a no-brainer because it would allow us to give a group of residents in our service delivery area easier access to higher education, a mission that is of the utmost importance to us.”

Cleaver-Brooks’ idea originated when management was exploring different methods to offer their employees professional development and training opportunities.

Dennis Hettinger, Corporate Human Resources Director at Cleaver-Brooks, commented, “We approached SWGTC because we wanted to give our employees, particularly those with leadership potential, the opportunity to grow professionally and continue their education. We believed that if the classes were taught on site, a location which is obviously very convenient to our employees, they would be more likely to participate and complete the program.”

Hettinger added, “When employees further their education, they also better position themselves to

grow within the company. That is what we desire, long-term employees with growth potential.”

Both SWGTC and Cleaver-Brooks knew it would be important for the Program to be relevant and applicable to the employees and their positions. Therefore, both made it a priority to develop coursework that would reflect employees’ daily activities, while also incorporating obstacles employees could potentially encounter in the future.

The first cohort of Cleaver-Brooks employees began with 12 students and 1 class per quarter (SWGTC has since transitioned to the semester system).

Hettinger says, “One reason for this partnership’s success was SWGTC’s flexibility. They chose class times that corresponded with our shift schedules in order for it to be convenient for our students.”

To make the return to school even more appealing, SWGTC’s Program fit within Cleaver Brooks’ tuition assistance program which covered tuition costs not paid for by the HOPE scholarship/grant.

This July, Rick Kreznar was the first graduate rendered from this partnership between Cleaver-Brooks and SWGTC.  He now has his Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Management, as well as the praises of his fellow cohort students, co-workers and management at Cleaver-Brooks.

On October 10th at Cleaver Brooks, Kreznar was recognized by his co-workers for his accomplishment. 


About Cleaver-Brooks
Cleaver-Brooks, a world-renowned provider of boiler room products and systems, is committed to providing efficient solutions that help its customers and the industry reduce energy usage, cost and environmental impact. As the pioneer of packaged firetube and watertube boilers, Cleaver-Brooks is the only manufacturer in the world to offer an entirely integrated boiler room solution for any size application. Its products are backed by a world-class representative network offering superior aftermarket service and solutions.

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