SCC Soft Computer awarded funds from Florida’s Incumbent Worker Training (IWT) stimulus grant

October 20, 2009

(Clearwater, FL) – SCC Soft Computer (SCC), a leader in laboratory information systems (LIS) development, was awarded funds from the State of Florida Incumbent Worker Training (IWT) American Recovery Act (stimulus) grant to use towards the Company’s employee training program. SCC’s learning program assists in the training of customer support, quality control, IT, and administrative functions. This continuing education for SCC staff will enable the Company to remain a leader in the highly competitive healthcare informatics marketplace.

Many of SCC’s training programs assist employees with a high level of external client contact in improving relationships with the customer base, ensuring retention of those customers, and increasing referrals. Training programs are intended for different departments throughout the Company and will ultimately lower employee turnover and will improve the long-term wage levels of trainees, thus increasing the Company’s profitability.

“Receiving funds from the Incumbent Worker Training stimulus grant is a great benefit to SCC,” observes Don Keller, SCC’s Vice President of Global Education and Training. “This is an incentive for employees to continue with education and certifications. With these funds, SCC staff can attend courses that will broaden their expertise in specified fields, which will enable SCC to remain a leader in this niche market.” At SCC, we pride ourselves on our training program and will help improve leadership by providing the tools and skills to deal with rapid industry change and with new product lines.”

In just over 10 years, SCC has assembled one of the finest professional training teams in the healthcare information technology industry. In 1998, SCC offered 17 instructor-led courses to its clients and 240 employees. Within just three years, the Educational Services department was expanded to an organization that now serves over 1,500 employees and over 6,000 clients with a training staff of 40+ worldwide.

Today, SCC offers 14,000+ courses to its clients and staff, including instructor-led classes, self-paced computer-based training, internally-created HTML courses, and training classes on CD. The success of the department is attributable in part to grant funding, and the 2009 IWT stimulus grant marks the fifth time SCC has been awarded IWT funding by the state of Florida since 2000. It’s no coincidence that SCC has also been ranked in Training magazine’s Top 125 seven times since 2002, ranking third in 2009, for excellence in workforce training and leadership development. The additional funds have enabled the Company to expand its training program and establish SCC as an organization that recognizes the importance of training and continuing education, and values the contributions made by well-trained employees.

About the State of Florida Incumbent Worker Training Program
The Incumbent Worker Training Program provides grant funding for customized training for existing for-profit businesses. Established in 1999, this customer-driven program has provided customized training for over 50,000 employees for more than 500 businesses throughout the state, thus enabling Florida to effectively retain and keep businesses competitive through upgrade skills training for existing full-time employees. The program has been structured to be flexible to meet the business’s training objectives by allowing businesses to use public, private, or their own in-house training provider based on the nature of the training. Federal Stimulus Funds are available for business that received an IWT Grant last year and used 100% of the award, are facing an immediate layoff of employees within 30 days, would like to offer skills upgrade training to its members, or whose grant proposals represent a significant upgrade in employee skills. For more information on the IWT Program visit www.workforceflorida.com

About SCC Soft Computer
Celebrating its 30-year journey of innovation and excellence, SCC is at the forefront of laboratory, genetics, blood services, outreach, pharmacy, and radiology information systems software development and offers full suites of Web-enabled clinical information management system solutions. Since 1979, SCC Soft Computer has been meeting the needs of the healthcare industry by providing powerful, clinical information solutions to hospitals, large IDNs (integrated delivery networks), and laboratories.

Considered the largest LIS software production house in the world – with a workforce of over 1,500 professionals dedicated to LIS development – SCC has experience in accomplishing complex LIS implementations in large, multisite environments. SCC's flagship product, SoftLab, has been recognized as the market standard for its robust functionality and ease of instrument interfacing, including robotics.

Consistently ranked 1st in the MD Buyline survey, a comprehensive, vendor-independent database used by hospitals and other medical facilities during the capital planning and purchasing process, SCC outranks its competitors in all categories. SCC has also been recognized for its commitment to workforce training and development and has been included in the Training Top 125 seven times in eight years. The Company’s 2009 ranking of 3rd in the Top 125 was based on SCC’s focus on employee development, as well as its comprehensive onboarding program and custom development plans for learners.

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