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Wagman Construction and Penn State York Partner to Create Institute

Ribbon cutting commemorating partnership
2/23/2009 —

In a time when the news is filled with layoffs and downsizing, one local employer Wagman Construction, Inc., is investing in their employees by partnering with Penn State York in the creation of the Wagman Institute for Professional Development.   A ribbon cutting took place several weeks ago at the offices on North Susquehanna Trail to mark this important partnership.

“The partnership between Penn State York and the Wagman Institute and our outreach arm, continuing education, is a perfect example of how we fulfill the land-grant mission of the University,” said Joel M. Rodney, chancellor at Penn State York.   “This is an exciting partnership for everyone involved and will have an important impact on our local community.”

The idea for the institute developed after Joe Wagman, chairman and CEO of  Wagman Construction, Inc., shared his thoughts with Rodney about working with Penn State to provide educational opportunities to employees.  Rodney took the information back to Jeff Warner, director of continuing education at the campus, who began meeting with representatives from Wagman and discussing possibilities with Penn State Management Development at the University.

The Wagman Institute for Professional Development will provide educational opportunities for Wagman employees on-site during the day. The institute’s curriculum is divided into two parts:  the professional development program and continuous learning program.  The professional development program begins April 3 with the topic moving into supervision.  A variety of other professional development programs including topics such as managing change, interpersonal communication, positive influence, constructive feedback, and managing your time are planned through June with a schedule of other topics planned through March 2010.  The continuous learning program will be conducted in Wagman’s York office and facilitated by Penn State faculty.  Each program will last two to four hours and include project scheduling and challenges to sustainable design.

 “The mission of the Wagman Institute for Professional Development is to invest in our employees by providing world-class educational opportunities so that we can achieve our vision of being the premier contractor in the markets we serve,” said Wagman, “This is a fabulous opportunity to team with Penn State and it ties into our mission, vision, and values.  We are committed to having a safe and rewarding work environment for our employees,” he said.

The institute was developed through Penn State York’s Continuing Education office whose mission is to work with business and industry as well as other adult students.  “The mission of continuing education is to help our industry partners use the resources, expertise, and intellectual assets of Penn State to help create and retain jobs in the Commonwealth and enhance the skills of their workforce,” said Warner.  Warner, along with members of Penn State Management Development at the University, helped design and develop the curriculum for the institute along with members of the Wagman staff including Bill McCrudden, senior vice president of human resources.

For more information on the Wagman Institute for Professional Development or information on how your company can provide educational opportunities and training for employees through Penn State York, please contact Jeff Warner at (717) 771-4105 or visit the Web at ce.yk.psu.edu.

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