At Taco, education goes well beyond job training. In 1992, the company formally opened the Taco Learning Center at its headquarters in Cranston, RI. Here, and at a second learning center at the company's Fall River, MA, facility, employees and their families can participate in some 45 different courses that range from gauge reading to gardening.
Courses are developed to help employees gain new job skills, improve their general education and learn about government and their citizenship responsibilities.
In addition to specifically job-related courses, Taco Learning Center classes include:
English as a Second Language for those who want to improve their ability to read, write and speak English
General Education Development for employees who want to obtain their high school equivalency diploma
Courses for college credit such as Spanish, oral communications, HVAC research and design and accounting for non-financial people.
Non-credit courses to improve the quality of life, including basic drawing and art appreciation, word processing, financial planning and health and safety classes such as aerobics and back injury prevention
The Taco Learning Center has enabled Taco to improve the overall skills and effectiveness of its workforce through required, job-specific technical training and also make major improvements in the way we do business.
A company-wide cross training program exposed all employees, from upper management to maintenance personnel, to key disciplines required for operating a business. The program includes marketing, sales, quality assurance, computer technology, engineering, manufacturing, finance, research and development and human resources. By participating in the program, employees gained a greater understanding of the function and responsibilities of the various departments.
Broad-based training in team-based manufacturing, team building, and problem solving helped the company successfully implement the disciplines required for ISO 9001 registration, that demonstrates the company's adherence to world-class quality standards.
By investing in our employees, we acknowledge our role and responsibility in our community and help assure that we'll have the skilled workers we need to remain an industry leader in the high-tech business environment of today and tomorrow.