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CET and Suffolk Partner on New Countywide Training Program

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The Center for Corporate Education and Training (CET) at Stony Brook University has partnered with Suffolk County to implement a new and innovative training program for employees. In order to identify issues and create the new program, CET launched focus groups with four teams made up of department heads and managers to develop the new curriculum. The program began in July and will run through March 2016.

So far CET staff members have trained 75 county senior executives including commissioners, and they are now training 250 project leaders and later 75 facilitators. Training will eventually be rolled out to more than 5,000 county employees. CET will also be providing a full training session for elected county officials including members of the legislature.

Steve Bellone
Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone attended the eight-hour executive training session and has called in to personally welcome each new group of trainees.

This program is being billed as the County Executive’s Training Program on Quality Improvement for Suffolk County. The program was inspired by County Executive Steve Bellone’s vision of recapturing the preeminence of Suffolk County and extending its stature as a great place to work, live and raise a family. This is an investment in the employees of Suffolk who are vital to the success of Suffolk County government as a whole.

In an introduction to the training, Steve Bellone spoke to employees about his vision for County Government, noting that “together we can move toward a new business model in Suffolk County; a model that values people, ideas, initiative and creativity.”

Topics covered in the training program include culture, leadership, innovation, change management and managerial effectiveness. Further deeper dive modules include team facilitation, team building and continuous improvement. CET will also conduct a segment of guided application for process improvement initiatives with trained facilitators.

Stony Brook University’s CET assists organizations by providing continuous professional education and training. Programs are offered either on-site at the company’s facilities, or at conveniently located training centers on Long Island. Expert faculty and instructors offer credit, non-credit, graduate certificate programs, workshops, seminars, customized professional development and distance learning programs.

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