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Georgia Military College is already well known for its ability to develop leadership characteristics through its cadet corps program.

Now the junior college is extending these teachings to the local business community. GMC kicked off its business outreach efforts with Zschimmer & Schwarz Inc., a Germany-based chemical manufacturer that has had a plant in Milledgeville for 23 years.

“We offer several modules, but they (Zschimmer & Schwarz) were interested in leadership,” said Kate Pope, director of GMC Business Outreach. “With our military heritage, leadership is something we are well equipped to help train and instruct. We are thrilled to partner with Zschimmer & Schwarz as they have similar values ​​to GMC.

“We believe in our people and invest in our people,” added Senthil Kumar, plant operations manager at Z&S. “We thought it was the right time to start this program as we have employees in the company interested and eager to grow.”

From its plant on Highway 22 near the Little Fishing Creek Golf Course, Z&S produces intermediate chemicals that go into making everyday products like toothpaste, shampoos, moisturizers and more. . The company employs 140 people locally and recently signed up eight of them — either current supervisors or potential supervisors — for eight weeks of GMC. Employee-turned-students hear from instructors with different backgrounds and areas of expertise. Human resources professionals lead classes on topics such as conflict resolution. Other sessions include managing through positive influence, setting clear expectations, evaluating performance, and building teams.

“We want instructors who not only have the academic theory and expertise, but also the real-world experience,” Pope said.

Although it’s still early in the course, Nikki Roberts, human resources manager for Kumar and Z&S, said the experience is already paying off, as employee feedback has been positive so far.

Pope said GMC can tailor its offerings based on a company’s needs and the trainings aren’t just open to the manufacturing industry. All types of businesses are welcome to enroll their employees in college continuing education courses.

“That’s what sets GMC apart,” Pope said. “We are able to customize and do it quickly. Our goal is not to create what we think someone needs, but to listen to people in the field, hear what they need, and then try to achieve that goal.