Calhoun to Offer Training Program in Call Center Operations


Call Center and other customer-service jobs are big in the north Alabama area, and Calhoun Community College is now offering training in this exciting, high-growth industry to give job-seekers a heads-up on the competition and to arm them with information to make an informed decision in their employment search.

Through the college’s new Workforce Solutions department, those interested in pursuing employment in the call center field will receive comprehensive training to include call center operations, communications skills, sales skills, and professional development.  According to Jim Swindell, assistant dean for technology education at Calhoun, the training program is 24 hours in length, and individuals may register for either the day, night or weekend option.  “We worked very closely with call center and operations managers from a number of major call centers in this area in putting this training together,” Swindell said.  “In advising us on the content and format for this program, the consensus was that it would be most effective by providing 24 hours of very succinct, comprehensive training,” added Swindell.

Among the specific topics to be covered are the following:  effective communications, voice inflection, customer behavior types, the sales process, managing objections, the job search process, resume basics, interviewing techniques, and the call center culture.  Instructor for the training is Ron Owens, retired Director of Operations for Direct TV and retired Training Director for West Corporation. 

The first training class begins the week of February 1, and participants will have the opportunity to take part in an exclusive job fair at the end of the training program.  All classes will be conducted at Calhoun’s Huntsville/Cummings Research Park campus.  Registration fee is $180 and the program is approved for Workforce Investment Act (WIA) funding for those who qualify.  For more information on the class or how to register, call 256/306-2515 or email

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Janet Kincherlow-Martin
Director of Public Relations
(256) 306-2561

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