NKBA Launches New Learning Paths Program

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The National Kitchen & Bath Association Launches a Comprehensive New Learning Paths Program

The Association now offers career paths in eight competency areas

 available 24/7 through its convenient Learning Management System (LMS)

HACKETTSTOWN, N.J. (April 16, 2013) — The National Kitchen & Bath Association is launching its most visionary and comprehensive learning program ever, offering career paths in eight competency areas at all levels from introductory to experienced.  While design is as important as always, the NKBA has expanded its Learning and Development programs to encompass an entire set of career skills, such as Communication, Leadership, Business Management and more.

“The new Learning Paths approach focuses on a continuous process of performance improvement, rather than just taking a single course,” explained Nancy Barnes, NKBA director of learning, who has more than 15 years of corporate instructional design experience. “The paths offer a well-defined, step-by-step sequence.”   

So whether you are an industry veteran, a newcomer or a student, or working toward certification, the NKBA now has a Learning & Professional Development offering that is right for you.

The eight competencies include:

  • Design & Inspiration
  • Talent Management
  • Communication
  • Adapt & Innovate (Change Management)
  • Focus on the Consumer
  • Business Management
  • Leadership
  • Sales & Marketing.

The Learning Path through each competency may comprise as many as 40 courses covering wide-ranging topics. For example, Communication subjects could include basic business writing, email communication, presentation skills, workplace conflict, negotiation skills, networking essentials and leading team meetings.

All are available to anyone in the industry, 24/7, 365 days a year through a convenient Learning Management System (LMS) that will be live online in mid-May. Participation is not limited to Association members.

The new Learning & Professional Development offering is introduced as NKBA celebrates its 50th Anniversary, marking a half century of “Leadership through Learning.”

In 1963, H. Dean Church, president of the newly formed American Institute of Kitchen Dealers (now NKBA), announced the Association’s first kitchen schools, calling them “sorely needed.”

Today, while the tactics may have changed, the objectives remain the same.  John K. Morgan, 2013 NKBA president said, “Learning is NKBA’s number one objective right now. The need for quality education has never been greater. The Association is making significant investments in learning, KBIS conferences, and other growth opportunities to build the right support for future member benefits.”

Starting mid-May, learn more about taking advantage of the new learning paths by visiting nkba.org

About the National Kitchen & Bath Association

Now celebrating its 50th Anniversary, The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) is a not-for-profit trade association that owns the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS®). With nearly 60,000 members, the NKBA has educated and led the kitchen and bath industry since the association’s founding in 1963. The mission of the NKBA is to enhance member success and excellence, promote professionalism and ethical business practices, and provide leadership and direction for the kitchen and bath industry worldwide. For more information, visit the NKBA Press Room or call 1-800-THE-NKBA (843-6522).

KBIS® and NKBA® are registered trademarks of the National Kitchen & Bath Association.

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