Lief Labs, a Valencia-based dietary supplement manufacturer, announced that the company has launched its University of Lief Mechanical Foundations training program in partnership with the College of the Canyons and has hosted student Lief employees at first day of classes at a special event held at the company’s headquarters.
This Lief University continuing education program was created with the help of COC education officials who helped identify instructors for the program and assisted in the development of course curricula, which covers a range of qualified maintenance functions to provide participating employees with valuable skills and knowledge to support them in opportunities for career enrichment and advancement as supervisors and leaders at Lief.
Lief’s Bardia Eslami, Vice President of Engineering and Technology, and John Alford, Senior Management Consultant of TBM Consulting Group, led and executed the Lief University initiative and also contributed to course development from the program.
Fourteen Lief employees will attend the initial session of Lief University, which will take place over a 14-week period at Lief’s Avenue Paine headquarters. Participants will receive intensive training in areas such as tooling, print reading, tool applications, basic electrical and hydraulics, among other key maintenance skills for positions such as mechanics , leaders and operators. Lief aims to expand Lief University in the future to a larger training center at another of the company’s facilities to offer courses to the community and students outside of Lief’s employee base.
The Lief University launch and official program speakers included COC Chancellor Dianne G. Van Hook; Adel Villalobos, CEO and Founder of Lief Labs; and Bardia Eslami, vice president of engineering and technology for Lief Labs.
“Lief University and the development of an educational program that invests in our employees to provide them with increased skills to support them in their professional and personal journeys has been a dream of mine for some time and I am honored to see that vision come to fruition now. a reality. I am extremely grateful to Chancellor Van Hook and the College of the Canyons for their tremendous support in helping us achieve this vision,” said Villalobos. “I also look forward to expanding the University of Lief to the future to provide these valuable educational opportunities to the community outside of Lief and help build a stronger skilled workforce, not only in our company, but for the wider Santa Clarita Valley region. As a member of the Los Angeles CEO Council, I am also committed to ensuring that our California workforce remains competitive and that we create the right environment for businesses and communities to thrive.
“College of the Canyons is thrilled to partner with Lief Labs to deliver the Mechanical Foundations training program,” Van Hook said. “By creating on-site training courses tailored to specific business needs, COC gives companies a competitive advantage by staying at the forefront of their industry. Additionally, the instruction employees receive creates a pathway to further career development learning opportunities at College of the Canyons. This is just the beginning, and we look forward to seeing how we can expand this program to benefit Lief Labs and its employees.