Kettering to provide graduate courses for Delphi

By Website Administrator | Aug 24, 2001

An alliance of Kettering University, Learning Designs Inc. (LDI) and RWD Technologies has been selected to integrate education and training services for the North American salaried workforce for Delphi Automotive Systems.

An alliance of Kettering University, Learning Designs Inc. (LDI) and RWD Technologies has been selected to integrate education and training services for the North American salaried workforce for Delphi Automotive Systems. The three-member alliance, called Sigma Learning, won a contract by Delphi to manage the full spectrum of Delphi's education and training needs.

"What's unique about this opportunity is it will make Kettering very responsive to the needs of industry," said Tony Hain, Kettering's vice president for Graduate Studies and Corporate Connections. "We'll be able to close the space between industry and education in ways it has never been done before."

Under the terms of the agreement, Sigma Learning will manage the design, development and delivery of courses, course and program evaluation, coordination of undergraduate and graduate degree program offerings, as well as scheduling, registration and record administration of all courses, instructor certification and managing of all work done by other vendors.

Hain said Sigma Learning was created to provide a single point of contact, utilizing the best skills of the three alliance members. Kettering University, working through Kettering Corporate Connections (KCC), will provide the delivery of graduate education, while RWD provides manufacturing training and LDI supplies communications and leadership skills.

"This is a unique bundling of skills," Hain explained. "To meet the full range of needs, we established Kettering Corporation Connection (KCC), which entered into a partnership with the two firms to create Sigma Learning," Hain said. "By forming this one-of-a-kind educational supplier, the needs of business and academia will complement each other better than ever before. Only Columbia University and Cornell offer similar opportunities."

 "By forming this one-of-a-kind educational supplier, the needs of business and academia will complement each other better than ever before. Only Columbia University and Cornell offer similar opportunities." -- Tony Hain, vice president for Graduate Studies and Corporate Connections

Hain said the graduate education portion of the alliance will be coordinated by KCC, which arranges for courses to be taught by faculty at an array of the country's finest engineering schools. The universities and degrees they provide include:

  • Kettering University: master's degree in Manufacturing Operations,
  • Purdue University: master's degrees in Engineering and Quality;
  • University of Michigan: master's degree in Manufacturing Engineering;
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute: master's degree in Engineering Science and Management of Technology.
  • More master's degrees and universities will be added as needs are identified.

David Strubler, Kettering Corporate Connections client liaison, said Kettering's 700 corporate partners and the University's professional cooperative education philosophy ties the institution to industry in important ways. "Were the most connected university to business and industry in the country. This agreement with Delphi allows us to capitalize on and solidify those relationships," Strubler said.

Strubler said 141 enrollments are set for fall courses. He anticipates having 200 students in the program within the year, with courses taught on videotape at learning centers in Juarez, Mexico; Saginaw, Mich.; Troy, Mich.; and Vandalia, Ohio, and through video streaming over the Internet. There are plans to add centers at other Delphi locations in other states.

"Our responsibility will be to maintain academic integrity and help students apply their education to their jobs. That's what Kettering is expert at," Strubler noted.

Hain said the Delphi agreement opens up new avenues for academic institutions to be partners. "This goes to our heritage with industry and extends into new commercial means for training and development," he added.

About the Alliance:

Kettering University: Located in Flint, Mich., Kettering University is one of the country's premier co-op institutions providing 2,500 undergraduates with career-based education in engineering, applied sciences, mathematics and business. Founded in 1919, the University also offers graduate programs in engineering, manufacturing management and operations management and is ranked among the nation's finest specialty schools by U.S. News & World Report. For more information: www.kettering.edu

Learning Designs, Inc.: LDI is a highly skilled organization specializing in employee development services that improve human performance within the automotive industry. LDI offers a broad variety of services including training, consulting, arbitration and facilitation and change management. Their offices are located in Troy, Mich. For more information: www.learningdesigns.com

RWD Technologies, Inc.: is a professional services company with headquarters in Columbia, Maryland. It provides a broad range of technology solutions to the business problems confronting Fortune 500 companies. RWD is a full-service company with offerings in training, consulting, change management, IT solutions and web-based solutions. For more information: www.rwd.com

Sigma Learning, LLC: Sigma Learning, LLC, of Troy, Mich., was formed to create a single entity focused on providing Delphi with world-class service in administration, design, development and implementation of training and educational needs by leveraging the expertise and capabilities of Kettering University, Learning Designs, Inc., and RWD Technologies. For more information: www.SigmaLearning.net