Without books or classrooms, virtual corporate universities promote learning among employees...
STEVE FOWLER HAS LEARNING FOR BREAKFAST.
The general manager and vice president of a Cox Communications Inc. cable Steve Fowlersystem near Los Angeles starts each workday with a 6:30 a.m. class. Fowler's office is his classroom. He's the only student. And the class lasts just 15 minutesâ€”or until the day's job demands pull him away from his desktop computer.
"I like it because I can go at my own pace," Fowler says of the courses he's taken over several months through Cox University, his parent company's in-house Web-based employee training program. As the head of a busy 100-person company handling cable TV installations and service for Los Angeles County, Fowler can't justify setting aside hours or days for traditional computer-skills classes. But he can spare 15 minutes a day, which is how he prefers to attack his subject matter. In that quiet quarter-hour per day, he's taken an integrated approach to mastering a variety of applications, including Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, WordPerfect, computer graphics and other programs.
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