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Going PRO Talent Fund Helps Improve Processes at AuSable Valley Animal Shelter


AuSable Valley Animal Shelter in Crawford County has two co-managers, Nick Dorman and Cheryl Postma. They needed training on the new operating systems software to not only build new skills, but elevate the organization to higher standards of accountability and accuracy reporting to the board and stakeholders. Thanks to the Going PRO Talent Fund, Michigan Works! Northeast Consortium was able to help the Shelter receive $2,978 to train the two employees.


Kirtland Community College provided the training – Advanced Accounting for Small Businesses.


The training helped the co-managers learn improved processes to log animal intakes, adoptions, and surrenders. A volunteer check-in process was developed so those hours could be tracked as well. They also learned the enormous amount of data that wasn't being captured and tracked, which resulted in missed grant funding awards because it wasn't being recorded. The training also covered inventory tracking and a white board system to outline daily tasks.


Shortly after the training, Nick Dorman was promoted to Manager. He states, “The training we received from Kirtland using Going PRO Funds was extremely beneficial. The trainer Shelia was awesome, she observed how we were operating and she helped us improve and cut time and steps.”


In addition to the Going PRO Talent Fund award, the shelter has recently participated in an additional Michigan Works! On-the-Job training program for two new hires and are receiving wage reimbursements for both of them. They are currently pursuing a third new hire and hope to use the funding program again.

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