Training and development technology | Stark State College | North Canton, Ohio

Training and development technology


With skills in training and development, you’ll be in demand by American businesses, which invest more than $30 billion in employee training and organizational development initiatives each year.

This new program prepares you for a growing profession where you’ll understand adult learning theories, instructional design, and organizational culture. You’ll learn how to implement technology across curricula and training in multiple environments, with a blend of theory and technical skills.

You’ll get skills in planning, organizing and directing a variety of training activities, including on-the-job training and in-service programs to develop new skills.

You’ll be eligible for a career in a variety of industry settings, such as corporate trainers in business, industry and administrative services; human resources; customer services; sales and marketing; and health care.

If you’re a specialist in your chosen profession, you can develop training skills to share your expertise in the corporate environment.

With new learning techniques that allow employees to enjoy professional development opportunities that don’t interfere with day-to-day business operations, more companies rely on the skills of experienced corporate training specialists to bolster their bottom lines.

That means they’ll be looking to hire you.

Your pathway to a degree

You can start with a certificate, taking classes that directly apply to the associate degree in training and development.


Associate degree

  • Associate of applied business in training and development

Prepare for a career as a/an

  • corporate trainer
  • computer training specialist
  • job training specialist
  • management development specialist
  • training coordinator
  • training specialist
  • e-learning developer
  • technical trainer

Program learning outcomes

  • Differentiate the types and purposes of adult training and identify and apply the ADDIE cycle: analysis, design, development, implementation and evaluation of training.
  • Coordinate training logistics (communication, organization of attendees, materials, invites, food, tracking participants, assemble and distribute materials).
  • Development interactive content through a learning management system to deliver webinar/distance education and training.
  • Demonstrate effective written and verbal communication skills across organizational, professional, and social settings.
  • Display critical thinking processes: analyze, understand, and evaluate communication within organizations and as part of external professional situations.
  • Utilize creativity in constructing, assessing, and/or managing problem solving, decision making or conflict processes and interactions; demonstrate the ability to revise such processes for more effective outcomes as needed.
  • Understand the nature and needs of group/team processes as they relate to and operate within organizations.
  • Demonstrate social awareness, responsibility, and sensitivity for the communication required in culturally diverse groups.

Projected growth of profession

The projected job growth from 2008 to 2018 is much faster than average, 20 percent or higher. This is faster than the average for all occupations (ONET). The salary range for a training and development specialist is $26,955 to $47,867 ( Although some employers hire individuals with only a high school diploma, both associate and bachelors are dominate in the industry.

Program related scholarships

  • Betty Jean Morford Scholarship

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