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MHC partners with JBS to provide leadership training opportunities

February 7, 2017

JBS Canada and Medicine Hat College (MHC) have partnered to provide leadership training opportunities for JBS supervisors.

Medicine Hat College serves learners of all ages and stages through various pathways to learning. An integral part of the JBS mission promises “the opportunity of a better future for all of our team members.” With this mission a daily part of the JBS culture, this partnership benefits both organizations and, most importantly, benefits the team members receiving the training.

The program will focus on developing leadership skills, such as personal growth, team building and organizational development to build stronger managers. The certificate program is administered by MHC’s continuing studies department and the MHC Brooks Campus allows it to be delivered locally in town.

“We are excited about this collaboration with JBS and look forward to many future partnerships with business and industry in Brooks and Newell,” said MHC president and CEO Denise Henning. “Collaborations like this bring forth solutions and have an impact on the economic health and sustainability of our region.” 

Working with JBS Canada’s Brooks facility, which employs more than 2,400 people, MHC has developed a curriculum for the Foundations of Leadership Skills Certificate – Level 1 program. The program has been specifically tailored for JBS supervisors, and there is a possibility of developing more levels over time.  

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First round of JBS supervisors receive their certificates along with plant manager Celio Fritche.

“Every day, we witness the values of leadership and determination from everyone on our team,” said JBS Brooks plant manager Celio Fritche. “We’re proud to work with MHC to provide our team members with training that will lead not only to official certification, but to arming our supervisors with the skills they need to be successful, and to make their teams successful.”

The Foundations of Leadership Skills program was made possible through the Canada-Alberta Job Grant, which pays for up to two-thirds of the training costs for approved projects that develop the skills of Alberta’s labour force. The grant is designed to assist with external training costs when such expenditures might otherwise be out of reach for some companies.

Cindy Slenders, manager of Brooks Campus and regional stewardship, said she is pleased with the JBS partnership, emphasizing that MHC’s Brooks Campus is a valuable community asset and that corporate training is one of many ways it can add value to the City of Brooks, County of Newell and surrounding region.

To learn more about training opportunities with Medicine Hat College, contact Nadine Lepage at 403-504-2248 or