|Milford, CT – September 7, 2004 - When you hear the term “Manufacturing” you may think of a factory, emitting steam and buzzing with the sound of mechanics and operators producing thousands of widgets. A closer examination of manufacturers yields a production base of software programmers, designers, and creators of new products based on intellectual property, as well as the makers of steel, pharmaceuticals, and other products.
New Standard Institute is a modern manufacturer, moving from industrial consulting and training in classroom environments to the world of Internet products and services. This modern factory is manufacturing software to train the workforce in “Brick & Mortar” manufacturing facilities – wherever they are located.
The company, in business since the early nineties, has been manufacturing computer based training for 2½ years with the brains, hands, and talents of a group of eager programmers based in Milford, Connecticut.
Redirecting the focus of the company in the Fall of 2000, Michael V. Brown, the President of New Standard Institute, hired interns from Quinnipiac University to help design the prototype of a computer based training module. The vision was that this module would transform training manuals to be interactive and distributed over the Internet. Over the following incubation period, the group evolved into a software factory, working with Macromedia’s Flash program to create computer based training programs. The first completed program was released in December 2001. In the following years, 11 titles were released, including one Spanish language translation and a Trainers’ Presentation Package. The programs focus on maintenance skills and management training for manufacturing facilities.
Since that time the interns became salaried employees, were joined by other Quinnipiac undergraduates, and worked with new interns.
The interns of last year have moved on . . . Jarrod Phipps has now graduated from Boston College with a degree in CIS, and is now working for Deloitte and Touche; Steven Sohcot is in the CIS program at Quinnipiac University; and Kevin Egolf is earning degrees in Economics and Computer Science at Wesleyan University.
While the original interns and their expanding team has advanced.
Michael V. Brown, who writes all of the training, is a native of Connecticut and a graduate of the University of Hartford.
- Glenn Seseske, Jr. earned his BS in Computer Information Systems from Quinnipiac and a Master’s Degree in Software Engineering from Fairfield University;
- Justin Kohlhepp received his BS in Computer Information Systems from Quinnipiac in May, 2002 and is now in the Masters Program at Southern CT State;
- Nick Mercurio received his BS and Master’s Degrees in Computer Information Systems from Quinnipiac University;
- Alexandra L. Galli earned a BS in CIS and a Masters in Business Administration from Quinnipiac in 2002 and is now pursuing a PhD in Business Management at the University of Massachusetts;
- and newly-hired Joe Kiss is a Marketing Major at Albertus Magnus College.
Maintenance Management, Skills Improvement, and support for the efforts managers are making towards improved productivity and safety are the prime forces behind New Standard Institute’s pursuit of new methods of knowledge delivery. The manufacturing of an intangible product such as software designed for distribution over the Internet is a bold step forward to meet the needs of a changing workforce.
About the Products:
As computer technology improves, it is now possible to combine the various aspects of training sessions –activities, text, discussion points and tests – to create an interesting, highly functional training tool. The texts from New Standard Institute’s training manuals have been enhanced with pop-up definitions, word search functionality, enlargeable graphics, animation, interactive exercises, and full narration. The resulting program is visually engaging for the student, increasing attention span and retention of material. In addition, the program can be purchased and downloaded from the New Standard Institute website (www.newstandardinstitute.com).