first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesThe instruction for 15 supervisors at the company was conducted in English and Spanish, and lasted for four hours a day, twice a week, from June 21 to Aug. 4. Another management class is being taught at the company for 15 participants – six of them from Chocolates a la Carte and seven of them from Del West Engineering. Priscilla Vaiz has been a manager at Chocolates a la Carte for nearly 14 years, but had received no training other than the initial, informal training she got when she started the job. “My opinion is, I got a lot out of it, and not only … work-related (information) but also home-related, too, and how to keep your work at work and your home (issues) at home,” said Vaiz, who oversees a team of 12 workers who package chocolates for shipment. The company makes all kinds of chocolate creations and ships them to clients. An Eiffel Tower, a Capitol dome, a pyramid, a black piano with white keys, a baseball bat, a golf ball and even a Faberge-style urn are just some of the small chocolate objects the company can create. The Employee Training Institute at College of the Canyons has been working with companies since 1989 to train local workers. The institute is funded with state funds and money that companies pay for the educational program. VALENCIA – Chocolates a la Carte is a Valencia company that knows all about fashioning creative shapes out of the decadent brown stuff. But just like many companies, the chocolate maker is happy to get help educating its work force. College of the Canyons trained front-line supervisors at the company over the summer, and a new round of training is going on now. The college views the training it offers Chocolates a la Carte and other companies as a way to invigorate the local economy. “From my perspective, from the CEO perspective, it’s done really great things for us,” said Richard Pocrass of Chocolates a la Carte. The institute’s aim is “to work with local companies and to provide training that’s going to help them be successful and help their employees gain the skills they need for the job,” said Dena Maloney, dean of economic development. The institute uses a mix of college instructors and industry professionals it hires for the job. alex.dobuzinskis@dailynews.com (661) 257-5253160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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