Harrisonville manufacturer Church & Dwight Co., Inc. has partnered with Metropolitan Community College to enroll 45 of their 250 employees in the Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree program for business management. The first group of students, consisting of plant workers and administrative staff, started this past fall at MCC and is gearing up for their second semester.
Church & Dwight owns a variety of consumer brands, including Arm & Hammer, Trojan, Nair, and other household, personal care, animal nutrition and specialty cleaning products. The Harrisonville location produces and distributes a variety of Church & Dwight’s most recognizable products, including Oxi Clean, Shower Clean, Sno Bowl Liquid Toilet Bowl Cleaner, Pepsodent and Close-Up mouthwash.
The ultimate goal of the collaboration with MCC is to get as many Church & Dwight workers as possible into a four-year degree program. The company pays for the upfront tuition costs with the expectation that employees will earn a C or better in their classes. Employees pay only for books.
Since last spring, Church & Dwight has been working closely with MCC staff and faculty, particularly the MCC-Longview campus and the Institute for Workforce Innovation, to help accommodate the employees’ needs in terms of scheduling, academics and other support. MCC even designed a customized tutoring program with an emphasis on English and math.
Special thanks to MCC-Longview staff & faculty who helped make this initiative possible, including:
- Mindy McCallum, dean of instruction
- Karen Goos, dean of student development/support
- Demetria Wallace, instructional services coordinator
- Jill Lomonte, academic advisor
- Diane Sweet, mathematics instructor
- Janet Wyatt, faculty
- Zoe Albright, English instructor
- Anne Dvorak, English instructor
- David Gann, instructor
- Bookstore staff
- Testing Center staff