Head of the Class: GE's New Learning Central Offers Accessible Onsite and Online Development Opportunities

CLEVELAND, Ohio  (NYSE: GE)  Distributors, contractors, consultants, specifiers and OEMs are better equipped to learn in the months and years ahead thanks to GE Appliances & Lighting's new Learning Central (www.gelearningcentral.com.), an initiative offering on–site learning via the GE Lighting & Electrical Institute, GE's Continuing Education Program (CEP) and GE eLearning, which offers on-demand courseware in a web–based learning environment featuring 24/7 online support. 

"Learning Central is an easily accessible, one–stop source for optimal training — across electrical distribution and lighting — for the individual to achieve professional and personal success," says Mary Beth Gotti, manager of the GE Lighting & Electrical Institute.

The Institute offers scheduled open–door conferences and customized conferences on request. The company's Continuing Education Program offers scheduled learning sessions for CEU and LEU credits, with accreditation by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) and the National Council on Qualifications for the Lighting Professions (NCQLP).

GE eLearning features self–taught modules that let users learn more about electrical products, at their own pace, on their own schedule. The modules utilize easy–to–understand introductions to basic product information for new employees or quick refreshers for anyone. Online courses are added regularly but current basic courses include: Circuit Breakers, General Purpose Controls, Load Centers/Meter Centers, Panelboards, Switchboards and Transformers.

Through www.gelearningcentral.com., users can take advantage of additional Learning Central program features and benefits including:
  • Instructor–led programs (NELA, NELA on the Road, and Continuing Education Program);
  • Course catalogs, authorization, class calendar and schedules, certificates and triggers;
  • Reporting section that allows customers to monitor (and export) enrollment and tracking of learning histories, employee course completions by individuals, locations and totals; and,
  • 24/7 support online or via toll free phone 9 a.m.–5 p.m. EST, Monday through Friday.
There is no charge for the Continuing Education Program (CEP) courses or eLearning classes. The GE Lighting & Electrical Institute's class fees are listed on www.gelearningcentral.com..

Interested parties may contact Mary Beth Gotti, 216–266–2301 or simply visit www.gelearningcentral.com. for more information.

GE Appliances & Lighting encourages customers to work with GE distributors to address wasteful spending on energy. Some helpful software tools include the company's Cost of Waiting Estimator, available online at www.gelighting.com/na/business_lighting/education_resources/tools_software/., and ValueLight, GE's advanced, proprietary cost-of-light tool available exclusively through GE distributors.