Innovation in IT Education: Remote Classroom Instruction
ONLC Training Centers was founded in 1983 when Jim Palic and Andy Williamson left their positions as mainframe programmers with the Dupont Company to start one of the industry's first computer training companies based on traditional instructor-led, classroom training.
Little did they know at that time that 30 years later they would be leading a charge to keep the classroom as part of the new virtual training experience. They call their methodology Remote Classroom Instruction (RCI™)
Roaring out of a Recession
Why did ONLC Training Centers flourish during the 27 month recession?
What strategies did it use to become the Fastest Growing Microsoft Authorized Training company (according to Inc. Magazine) while other training companies shut down operations and reduced their schedule of public classes?
ONLC must have been doing something that was aligned with its customer’s training needs.
The Classroom as a Centerpiece of a Great Learning Experience
While other companies adopted a purely virtual training model, ONLC took another approach—one that embraced the classroom as an important part of the virtual training experience. We established over 300 training sites with small classrooms that seat 1 to 4 students.
Those remote classrooms can then be attached to wherever the instructor is teaching. Students from multiple classrooms can be combined. By aggregating students from classrooms across the country, ONLC can easily meet its minimum enrollment requirements and cancel fewer events.
RCI Under the Hood
Any company can add a few virtual students to an existing traditional class. However, only ONLC has made the deep infrastructure investment to seamlessly link students from hundreds of training locations every day of the week. Our Remote Classroom Instruction management software makes this large scale remote training possible with minimal technical glitches.
Over the past decade, the IT training industry has undergone many changes. Advancements in technology make it possible for training companies to offer training anywhere over the internet. However, the classroom was an important part of the traditional training experience and should not be forgotten.
ONLC Training Centers recognizes the importance of the classroom. We have aligned our organization around that belief and have made the necessary investments in facilities, computers, and software to provide virtual training—in a classroom—on a large scale. These innovations allows you, our clients, to get the training you want, where you want it.
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