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September 8, 2019

VOLT Institute, AgSafe Partner to Offer Affordable Supervisor Training Program


Modesto, CA –A partnership in Stanislaus County is hoping Vince Lombardi was right when he asserted that great leaders are not born but made. The Supervisor Development Academy, which finished its first series on August 20, aspires to make leaders from middle management over six half-day sessions that cover topics from team building to understanding how to harness strengths and talents to maximize effectiveness.

Like all programs at VOLT Institute, an extension of Opportunity Stanislaus, the program started as a result of industry demand for high-quality training, this time for managers seeking to build both skills and confidence. David White, Chief Executive Officer for Opportunity Stanislaus, saw an alignment between curriculum AgSafe had created in this area and the skills local companies suggested were missing in leaders. “At VOLT Institute we create programs to fill gaps in the talent pool,” said White. “Whether it is hands-on skills for maintenance mechanics or upskilling for professionals, it benefits everyone when solutions are created for economic needs.”

Amy Wolfe, President and CEO of AgSafe shared the sentiment. “AgSafe is a national organization focused on education and sustainable solutions,” said Wolfe. “We were excited to work collaboratively with Opportunity Stanislaus and the VOLT Institute to provide practical leadership development training and it was rewarding to see the growth participants made during this first cohort.”

One such participant was Gene Langston, a Senior Building Inspector for the City of Modesto. “I found this class to be very informative and enjoyable,” said Langston. “The written work and group activities were balanced, and the curriculum’s progression was perfect, with topics being appropriate and helpful. I would highly recommend this training to not only first-time supervisors, but supervisors at every level.”

The next cohort will start October 29 and run for six non-consecutive Tuesdays to allow for holiday closures. Classes are 8 am-noon. Full reimbursement of tuition is available to participants who complete all six sessions courtesy of a partnership with California Manufacturing Technology Consulting. For more information or to register visit

To learn more, contact Amber Edwards