Success Stories

Innovative Builders

"Using the train the trainer approach to our Forklift Training needs saved our company thousands of dollars in training fees and lost time away from the job!"

Todd Emmons, Director,
Innovative Companies


Innovative Builders, Erectors and Developers consist of a full service contractor specializing in commercial construction, a steel erection firm, and a developer of commercial property & buildings. In order to grow their market and compete for a broader range of customers and projects, Innovative had a need for certified Forklift Training, and OSHA Construction 10 and 30 hour training for it's employees.


The solution began with a call from Todd Emmons of Innovative Companies, to Sandy Larson in the Customized Training Center at Alexandria Technical and Community College (ATCC) concerning a specific need for Forklift Training. Through the process of gathering information and assessing their needs, Sandy presented a "Train-the-Trainer" model as a sustainable solution. One week after the proposal was accepted, Innovative Companies had an in-house employee trained and certified to deliver forklift training to any other employees requiring it. The expediency and effectiveness of forklift training solution prompted Innovative to once again challenge Customized Training. This time the need was for OSHA Construction 10 and 30 hour training. This challenge was a perfect opportunity for Sandy to leverage the strong partnerships ATCC—Customized Training has with other sister MnSCU institutions by bringing in a highly qualified instructor from Ridgewater College in Willmar to provide the training.


This project demonstrates the value of the Customized Training Center at Alexandria Technical & Community College to the businesses of the region. Through development of a strong and open relationship with Innovative Builders, Sandy was able to effectively identify the company needs. The results of this effective assessment are evident in ATCC's ability to provide training solutions that exceeded expectations and saved Innovative Builders thousands of dollars in potential lost time and travel by delivering the training solutions on-site. An additional and unexpected bonus of this training partnership was the "Train-the-Trainer" model recommended for the forklift training which has empowered Innovative Builders to be able to deliver the forklift training internally, when and where needed into the future. As a whole, this project typifies the level of service and responsiveness businesses of the region have grown accustomed to receiving from the Customized Training Center at Alexandria Technical & Community College.