Our Client Success

"I really enjoyed the Basic Excel training course. I learned a lot! I wouldn't have known some of the tips and tricks if I hadn't come to the class"

Erika P.

Company Name: Trainee from Supervisory Academy

"This was a great class. The instructor was patient, communicated well, and seemed to have a genuine interest in us learning the material"

Santiago M.

Company Name: Trainee from Supervisory Academy

"This training provides an opportunity for growth for my current and upcoming Supervisors, met a need of the company for internal improvement, and satisfies my desire to promote from within"

Rodney Wilson, Plant Manager

Company Name: Electric Motor Shop

"I have been interested in this type of training for some time now, and I was thrilled to be chosen for the cohort. The information was so helpful and made me look at MANY things in a new light. I said I felt “hopeful” yesterday, and I truly meant that. I’m excited to get to use the tools and knowledge I’ve gained through your training."

Cassie T.

Company Name: Trainee from Supervisory Academy

“I think it’s a great partnership and opportunity because rather than someone being concerned about the cost of school, we have the opportunity to work with COS and have the ETP program available to offset the cost, which allows our employees to develop whatever skillset they may need to be working on at the time – it’s phenomenal.”

Ralph Garcia, Plant Manager

Company Name: VWR

“Partnering with the COS Training Resource Center and using their ETP program has allowed our Company to expand employee training at Saputo Cheese USA Inc. Our employees have benefited from Supervisory, Food Safety, OSHA and Computer Skills trainings through the college. We highly recommend taking advantage of the ETP training dollars to help reduce your training costs while improving morale, reducing turnover, lowering HR costs and increasing productivity.”

Carmen Herrera, HR Manager

Company Name: Saputo Cheese USA Inc.

Kings Co Human Services Training Partnership

Kings Co Employees learning Excel

The COS Training Resource Center has thoroughly enjoyed providing workplace training for employees at Kings County’s Human Services Agency, providing instruction in business writing, communication skills, Excel (intermediate and advanced) and One Note.

“Microsoft Excel – basic, intermediate and advanced – has truly helped our staff,” said Elaine Tinajero, staff support specialist for the Human Services Agency, which has about 400 employees. “It’s broadened their skill level. It’s paid off for us. We’re a fairly large agency with 400 employees and we’re constantly bringing on people who vary in their level of proficiency when it comes to Excel, so when you get a new employee who isn’t used to it, it’s nice to put them in the training”.

“They (Training Resource Center) are able to adjust to some of our demands,” Wood said. “Things change for us, and they aren’t selling us a one-size-fits-all. They’re tailoring it and working with us.”

Kings Co Employees learning Business Writing

“In the central valley, we don’t have very many training organizations that are able to offer us what we need”, Tinajero states. “But with COS they are able to go one step further where they give us the basic outline of what the offer in a training and from there they allow us to run with it.”

Garver says “Training strengthens our local economy. When you’re talking about contract ed units, we’re really down in the weeds with our local economy. We’re very receptive and trying to get in touch all the time with businesses to find out what they need and where their gaps are so we can try to close those skills gaps”.

ETP Case Studies

The ETP is a business and labor supported state agency that assists employers by providing funds to off-set the costs of job skills training necessary to maintain high-performance workplaces.
The ETP program is entirely funded by the Employment Training Tax paid by California employers and collected alongside the Unemployment Insurance (UI) tax.
The program is performance-based, providing funds for trainees who successfully complete training and are retained in well-paying jobs for a specific period of time.

VWR

VWR has taken advantage of over $12,000 worth of training and ETP paid for 98% of it!

72 participants have benefited from trainings such as Microsoft Excel and Supervisory Academy.

Kraft

Kraft has taken advantage of over $13,000 worth of training and ETP paid for 99% of it!

58 participants have benefited from trainings such as Supervisory Academy and Basic Electricity.

Saputo Cheese

Saputo Cheese has taken advantage of over $45,000 worth of training and ETP paid for almost 90% of it!

67 participants have benefited from trainings such as OSHA 30 and Supervisory Academy.

News From Our Training Partners!

TOL Inc. Shakes it Up with Almond Shaker…

TOL Incorporated has created a shaker that allows almond farmers to do less pruning and harvest more crop without replanting their orchards for mechanical harvesting and while reducing dust. Click here to learn more.

College of the Sequoias Partners with VWR For Training

Nestled within the Visalia Industrial Park sits a medical and laboratory supply distribution center – VWR. They supply medical supplies to west coast schools, laboratories, universities, hospitals and food manufacturers. VWR began a partnership with the College of the Sequoias Training Resource Center through the Visalia Economic Development Corporation’s monthly roundtable… Check out the full story here!

Robots Taking Over Classroom…

Fresno-based Electric Motor Shop, which among other tasks is a distributor of industrial robots, said a couple of years ago he read California manufacturers’ use of robots would increase 400% over the next five to seven years, and at least here in the Valley, they seem on track to do thisClick here to learn more.

Kern Community College District Receives Training Funds

Congratulations Kern Community College District on the $678,514 in ETP funds to use for training your workforce in Kern county! We have the same type of funding available through College of the Sequoias! Click here to learn more.

2019 – 2020 Year in Review!

Even with COVID cancellations, we still stayed busy!

  • Over 240 organizations served!
  • Over 2,400 employees in Tulare and Kings counties trained!
  • Over 120 courses held!
  • Over 2,200 hours of training completed!

Overall 4.76 rating on trainings with a 53% increase in knowledge!

UpSkill Tulare County

The COS Training Resource Center has partnered with the Workforce Investment Board of Tulare County to deliver selected training programs to your employees.

  • 3 Frontline Supervisor Academy trainings for the Industrial and healthcare sectors
  • 12 Essential Workplace Skills trainings
  • 253 Employees trained so far!

CDFA Specialty Crop Grant

The COS Training Resource Center holds a grant with the California Department of Food and Agriculture. This grant provides FSMA-related food safety trainings for a fraction of the regular price.

  • 17 food safety classes held
  • 137 companies served
  • 237 Employees trained so far!
  • 57.5% average increase in food safety knowledge among trainees!
Join Waitlist We will inform you when this class is ready to accept registrations. Meanwhile, we'll save you a spot! The Training Resource Center is currently waiting to hear whether two food safety grants are approved, which will determine the price of the class. Please note that eligibility requirements may be put in place. Please leave your valid email address below.