An overview of Training, Inc. in Boston
On November 16, 2020 there was a 45TH TRAINING, INC. ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION. Carol Walters started the session with these thoughts: “It has been said that sometimes great things come from small beginnings. I remember an analogy the Oak Brook Association of Commerce and Industry (one of the original partners) once used to describe the program when they said Training, Inc. was like an Acorn that grew to be a Mighty Oak. The program has had a big impact in so many areas of so many lives including each of ours. Oaks tend to have a long life-span as evidenced by the group gathered here today to celebrate 45 years of existence. Mighty Oaks can live forever because small acorns have fallen over the years and continue to fall and take root in many places. More Great Oaks exist in continuing Training, Inc. and affiliated programs and in workplace development initiatives across the land. We will hear more about these later in our time together.” Right click on this link to see the video of the 45TH TRAINING, INC. ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1wZRNQUROMc9iSnsQa5MTfQQQ7wWc0NAy/view?ts=5fbd7acf.
How imaginal education makes Training Futures successful
An award winning adult training program in Northern Virginia, Training Futures was designed and led by Susan Erickson Craver and Marla Burton from 1996-2010. Its 25-week program uniquely offered college credits to students while gaining workplace skills. Susan describes the role internships and Toastmasters play in the program:
In 2003 (the 7th year of Training Futures), the Trickle Up case study was written on the program, documenting the community benefits of workforce development (Executive Summary of case study). In 2007 Aspen Institute awarded Training Futures $300,000 and in 2010 the Aspen Institute wrote this report of the program results. A representative from Booz Allen gives a graduation presentation and this report shows documented success. In 2011 a partnership between Northern Virginia Community College and Training Futures wrote a case study called “Rediscovering the American Dream of Opportunity” states: