Major area manufacturer turns to MCC for their higher education needs

Church & Dwight Co., Inc. appreciates the value of a well-educated workforce.  This fall, the Harrisonville manufacturer 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

The ultimate goal of the collaboration will be to get as many Church & Dwight workers as possible into a four-year degree program.  Church & Dwight 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.

“Having educated workers on your payroll increases productivity, which not only means positive growth for the company, but widespread economic benefits for the community,” said Kevin Kelley, director of business & community development for MCC’s Institute for Workforce Innovation.  “We are pleased to assist Church & Dwight on this important initiative.”

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.