SOURCE: Meridian Knowledge Solutions, LLC

Meridian Knowledge Solutions, LLC

July 12, 2010 09:03 ET

Building Service 32BJ Benefit Funds Picks Meridian LMS for Training

CHANTILLY, VA--(Marketwire - July 12, 2010) -   Managing the logistics to train more than 80,000 members of Local 32BJ of the Service Employees International Union has always called for equal parts persistence and creativity. With the purchase of Meridian Knowledge Solutions' flagship product, the Meridian Global LMS, life for those administering training for the union will get much better. The New York-based Building Service 32BJ Benefit Funds is the umbrella organization responsible for administering five funds (i.e., the Building Service 32BJ Health Fund, Pension Fund, Supplemental Retirement Savings Plan, Thomas Shortman Training Fund and Legal Services Fund) for Local 32BJ of the SEIU.

"The Meridian LMS we're putting in place later this year is a boon for us," said Linda G. Nelson, director for the Thomas Shortman Training Fund, which provides training to eligible members of Local 32BJ. "We have over 30 locations from Connecticut to Miami, and our current processes and technology make the central administration of training a challenge."

According to Nelson, the new LMS, which will launch in January 2011, will replace a confederation of databases and VPN connections that training coordinators use to track training, archive students' certifications and grades and register union members and staff for classes. Modernizing our administration will be the primary way we use the LMS, says Nelson. The union's members range from doormen to window cleaners, so they're less likely, if at all, to have access to the LMS for online training at work. 

"For us, the LMS will dramatically improve our ability to check members' eligibility for training and register people for classes," added Nelson. "We're operating six days a week, fourteen hours a day and our training staff is working at different times across many, many locations."

Nelson says Local 32BJ's training administrators face a variety of obstacles including connectivity, system reliability in generating reports, handling registrations and keeping records up to date and accessible for thousands of union members. Once Local 32BJ converts the current system to the new LMS this winter, Nelson and her colleagues will be able to tap into the system to access up to a decade's worth of education records for any union member, including diplomas, certificates and licenses.

Bonnie Weisner, Staff Training & Development director for the Building Service 32BJ Benefit Funds, said, "In addition to managing training for our union members, we will also use the LMS to register our funds staff for training and track the results of their coursework."

According to Weisner, once the LMS is implemented, the 32BJ Benefit Funds staff will be able to see what they've taken in the way of training. Weisner's hope is that in the future managers will assign staff members training via the LMS.

For the union's members, the LMS will enable them to register online for any one of more than 100 classroom courses and seminars. Nelson and Weisner also see the LMS as a means to supplement classroom work with online links to supporting materials. For instance, a union member who takes a course like "electricity basics" could be directed via the LMS to the electrical codes for further study. 

"Local 32BJ knows that delivering a great training experience takes a solid foundation," said Roy Haythorn, executive vice president of operations for Meridian. "Investing in an LMS to streamline Local 32BJ's behind-the-scenes training operations will benefit union members by making it simple for them to sign up for classes and keep tabs on their progress, certifications and diplomas."

About Meridian
Our flagship product, Meridian Global LMS, integrates learning content management, workforce analytics, knowledge management, and competency modeling in one learning management system (LMS). In addition to Meridian Global LMS, we provide professional services, courseware development, and hosting services. We serve 6.5 million users at more than 270 public- and private-sector employers. And our software is used by companies that range in size from 900,000 employees to less than 100 workers. Our clients include AutoZone, Panera Bread, the U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Navy, Whirlpool and more than 80 federal, state and local governments.

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