HanesBrands Pivots to Virtual Learning to Preserve Employee Continuing Education Program During COVID-19 Pandemic
Thousands of employees working toward high school diplomas and enrolled in college, technical and vocational programs in
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HanesBrands is preserving its employee continuing education program in
The program, which has helped more than 2,700 employees earn high school diplomas and nearly 200 earn college degrees, has more than 700 employees in
New courses are dedicated to coping with the COVID-19 environment, and new educational opportunities include an MBA program for manager-level employees.
“For more than a decade, we have successfully provided our employees one of the most sought-after resources – access to education,” said
To enable remote learning, the company’s organizational development team quickly established online support via chat, email and video calls to help employees complete assignments, clarify concepts and make progress toward their education goals despite the challenges of the COVID-19 crisis.
The company also added specific courses related to living and working during a pandemic. COVID-related courses include “Mental Health and Emotional Crisis,” “Creative Economy Management During Crisis,” and “Coaching and Leadership During COVID-19 Times.”
In addition to employees seeking high school graduation opportunities, the company-sponsored continuing education program has more than 1,000 employees taking virtual classes and certified training courses to improve their personal and professional skills.
Courses of study include an industrial engineering certificate that covers such topics as garment manufacturing, daily management, and human resources culture. Technical and vocational certifications also are offered in sewing, textile manufacturing and Lean Six Sigma. More than 4,000 employees have earned a certification diploma through technical training programs.
For manager-level employees, the company has introduced an international MBA program, which focuses on supply-chain management. It was launched in partnership with the prestigious
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