In conjunction with IMTS 2002, Tooling University, Cleveland, will begin offering industrial manufacturing classes in Spanish. "Since we launched Tooling U," explains company spokesman Greg Jones, "we've fielded an overwhelming number of requests from manufacturers and shop owners to provide our courses in Spanish." Tooling U will begin by translating its Shop Essentials department, which includes classes on shop math, blueprint reading, geometric dimensioning and tolerancing, basic measurement, and fundamentals of shop electricity.
The on-line training center reports that it always intended to address multiple languages for a global audience. "Requests for Spanish translations didn't just come from traditional Spanish-speaking countries," says Jones. "We anticipated a need in the Southern and Southwest U.S. for a Spanish translation of our classes, but we're also addressing a need raised by shop managers from across the U.S. as well."
Tooling U provides on-line training on-demand to industrial manufacturing companies, industrial distributors, educational institutions, and more. Students participate in classes that exploit the interactive nature of the Internet. Detailed instruction using text with audio voice-overs, photo-graphs, and illustrations are supplemented using by full-motion video, an interactive dictionary, and the ability to highlight and save notes for re-view prior to taking tests on-line. Participants communicate with instructors and fellow students via e-mail, forums, and chat rooms. For students with slow Internet connections, supplemental multimedia CD-ROMs are provided.
Tooling U will exhibit at IMTS Booth CL-64.