Centennial College of Excellence Helps Employees Advance Careers

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Employees can chose from dozens of courses based on career goals

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That's what makes Centennial a great place to build a career!

In an effort to help its employees achieve their career goals and to meet the company's demand for talent, Centennial Contractors Enterprises established a curriculum of technical and managerial training courses known as Centennial College of Excellence.

Centennial, a national leader in Job Order Contracting (JOC), sought to take its training and development programs to the next level. It formed the College to provide its 425 employees at more than 40 offices across the country access to company-wide conferences, regional instructor-led seminars and online courses.

It began by examining what worked and what didn't in the current program and then hiring an instructional designer to assist in the development of targeted courses and distribution methods.

"Employees stay with a company because it values them and gives them opportunities to grow and develop," explains David Sturdevant, Director of Training at Centennial. "The challenge for us was to design curriculums that address the needs of employees at small offices spread out across the country."

Rick Wilson, Vice President of Human Resources at Centennial, states that "Centennial has evolved its corporate culture to be more employee-centric. Our strong commitment to development and training has allowed us to retain our people and promote internally. The College provides a unique method for supporting that effort."

Centennial leveraged teams of internal subject matter experts to develop seven instructor-led technical and managerial courses. The courses were designed with sound adult learning principles and cover internal processes related to JOC and construction management knowledge. Upon completion of course development, 20 experienced employees from across the country attended an intense faculty symposium focused on teaching methods, the best ways employees learn and course content and materials. All 20 employees delivered actual training in front of their peers and were then awarded the designation of "Professor" for the College.

Additionally, the College includes 84 self-paced courses accessed through the learning management system on the company's Intranet. These courses cover topics like general business skills such as communication, writing, negotiation, management, team building, time management and more. Employees and their managers meet each year to identify the courses that best meet their developmental goals.

In the first year, employees completed 355 online training courses and held at least one instructor-led seminar in each region, totaling more than 1,500 hours of training. As a result of efforts like the Centennial College of Excellence and other employee initiatives, employee retention is at an all-time high.

"Even in tough times we still need to invest in our employees," adds Sturdevant. "That's what makes Centennial a great place to build a career!"

About Centennial Contractors Enterprises

For more than 20 years, Centennial Contractors Enterprises, Inc., has been a leader in providing responsive construction solutions supporting government, educational and business facilities and infrastructures, with projects focused on renovation, rehabilitation and repair. Centennial has 40 offices across the country. To learn more, go to http://www.cce-inc.com .

Editor's Note: This release is available in Centennial's online newsroom, http://www.cce-inc.com/news .

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