Staffing firm develops courses for skills training


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The local office of a national staffing firm is offering a new online training platform to help clients gain in-demand skills.

The Grand Rapids office of Oklahoma City-based Express Employment Professionals, or Express Pros, said last month it has added a free 19-course curriculum for job seekers called ExpressLearn.

John Keuning, director of manufacturing excellence at Express Pros Grand Rapids, said the courses are custom-made for the firm’s clients.

“Each topic includes dozens of different modules and is comparable to a college-level training course,” he said.

Keuning said the content will help Express Pros increase the region’s skilled workforce.

“Every day, we see companies struggling to find the skilled talent they need to fill good-paying jobs," he said. "And at the same time, we see individuals struggling to advance their careers, because they don’t have the skills that are in demand in the market.”


The Grand Rapids office is the only location in Michigan included in the initial rollout.

Other markets piloting the platform include Chester County, Pennsylvania, Rochester, Minnesota and Bend, Oregon.

Curriculum provider

Scranton, Pennsylvania-based skills development and distance-learning company Penn Foster is the curriculum provider.


“The bulk of the learning is text-based, so participants can easily move through at their own pace, and each module is followed up with a test to ensure the student learned the material,” Keuning said.

ExpressLearn also incorporates video segments to teach visual concepts, such as how to use certain software programs.


Job seekers interested in the training may fill out an application online, call 616-281-0611 or stop by the Grand Rapids office, at 1760 44th St. SW.

ExpressLearn courses

  • Basic Blueprint Reading
  • Basic Business Writing/Literacy
  • Basic Computer Skills
  • Basic Electrical Training
  • CAD/Drafting Basics
  • Construction Technology/Laborer
  • Electrical Maintenance
  • Electronics Maintenance
  • HVAC
  • Machinist (with CNC)
  • Machine Operator
  • Mechanical and Electrical Technician (including PLCs)
  • Production Operator
  • Quality Control
  • Safety
  • Soft Skills
  • Tool and Die
  • Warehousing and Distribution
  • Welding

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