About three dozen professionals involved in the workforce and economic development fields attended an important training held at Piquette Square for Veterans during the first three months of this year (2013). The session ended on Wednesday, March 13.
The training teaches and certifies each participant to become aBusiness Solutions Professional (BSP). The BSP program consists of six intensive sessions designed to help job developers create and retain more jobs, and strengthen the collaboration between job developers and employers.
Two employees from Southwest Solutions attended the BSP training at Piquette and received certifications: Libby Palackdharry, manager of Center for Working Families; and Theresa Paruszkiewicz, intake specialist with Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Program (HVRP).
“Because a major thrust of the BSP training is about fostering effective collaboration across the sectors of workforce development, human services, economic development, and education; it is especially appropriate that the training took place at Piquette,” Libby said. “Piquette has become a model of this kind of collaboration.”
“The training allowed me to view potential employers from a demand-driven and business-focused perspective,” said Theresa. “By seeing the business as my client and helping to address their needs, I will be better able to assist all of my HVRP clients.”
In addition to Libby and Theresa, two other Southwest Solutions staff persons – Ibrahem Elabed and Jose Flores – have participated in BSP training, in a previous session.
The BSP course was conducted by Jim Lautenschleger, State and Regional Partnership Manager of Michigan’s Workforce Development Agency; and Mike Polzin, Associate Professor in the School of Human Resources and Labor Relations at Michigan State University.
“In the BSP training, professionals add to their extensive ‘toolbox’ by understanding what resources they have and the resources their partners can provide to design solutions for employers struggling in a global economy,” Jim said.