Los Angeles - -Honored by both members of Baxter Healthcare management and the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD), 81 individuals were presented certificates of completion following 12 weeks of intense training provided by Los Angeles Valley College (LAVC). The event, held at the community college's Van de Kamp Innovation Center in Los Angeles, was followed by a catered lunch for all the attendees.
The instruction, which included more than 350 classroom hours for most employees, included instruction in a variety of computer classes, lean manufacturing, scientific methods in the workplace, business writing, contamination control, blood handling, and blood borne pathogens, to name but a few. Additionally, the students spent time volunteering with six local non-profit organizations.
At Operation Gratitude in Van Nuys, where the volunteers helped facilitate care packages for members of the military serving overseas as well as their families, Director of Strategic Operations John Adams reported, “Rarely has a group been so devoted and industrious as the employees of Baxter Healthcare.”
Among those speaking at the graduation were LACCD Chancellor Dr. Daniel La Vista, LACCD Vice Chancellor of Economic and Workforce Development Chito Cajayon, Job Training Director Lennie Ciufo, Baxter Plant Manager Chester Zelaya, Manufacturing Manager Ratna Fu, Human Resource Director Liz Schulz, and select instructors and students. Dr. La Vista praised the graduates for continuing their education on the collegiate level as well as their unselfish giving to the community.
To date, LAVC has served more than 1,100 Baxter employees in the past two years. Classes are continuing on the LAVC campus with subject areas unique to Baxter Healthcare needs.
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