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Western Workforce Development brings Innovation Engineering workshop to Rock Springs on March 8

February 16, 2017

Gears of innovation
Gears of innovation burst forth from a woman's head as she contemplates creatively in this metaphorical image.

Innovation has long been a buzzword in business and industry, but creating the right conditions for successful innovation is no simple task.

Business and industry owners, managers and administrators can learn how to create the optimal environment for dynamic innovation in the workshop “Innovation Engineering: Systems-Driven Innovation,” presented Wednesday, March 8, at Western Wyoming Community College’s Rock Springs campus by Laramie-based Manufacturing Works – Wyoming MEP. This Workforce Development-sponsored program will teach participants innovation strategies that will engage employees, develop and align  innovation strategies, and impact profitability.

Cost of the program is $175 per person and includes lunch. The program runs from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Companies that register four participants will receive a fifth registration at no extra cost. For more information, or to register, visit or email Workforce Development Coordinator Maggie Bartlett at

Manufacturing-Works is the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) for Wyoming. The non-profit organization supports continued success and constant economic progress in Wyoming by providing timely and customized assistance to small- and mid-sized manufacturers and businesses. Its services include workforce development training and workshops, technology assistance, business advising and customized-performance assistance. Within Wyoming, Manufacturing-Works is part of the Wyoming Business Council’s Business Resource Network.

In “Innovation Engineering,” facilitators and proven innovation experts Jim Willms and Rick Rothwell will explain what innovation is, why it’s important, how to define and enact innovation for a particular company or business, and how to align the company to the strategy for success and profitability. This workshop is ideal for product- and service-related businesses, for-profit and non-profit organizations, business owners and operations managers, engineers, finance and accounting managers, and sales managers, as well as government leaders looking to add value to their offerings.

Willms is the retired CEO of Unicover Corporation in Cheyenne, a world leader in stamp and coin collectibles. He has more than 40 years of experience in management, marketing, and international business. Willms was Senior Brand Manager at Procter & Gamble, the world’s largest producer and marketer of consumer goods.

Rothwell is a former vice president at The Eureka! Ranch, one of the leading innovation companies in America. He assisted with the nationwide rollout of “Innovation Engineering.” Rothwell was a franchise owner of retail locations within a 450-franchise system. He has been awarded National Marketer of the Year, National Franchisee of the Year, and National WOW Customer Service Program of the Year.

Workforce Development at Western is pleased to partner with Manufacturing Works to bring this training program to Sweetwater County. For more information about Manufacturing Works, visit their website at For more information about workforce development programs at Western, visit

For more information, contact Audrey Harton at (307) 382-1661 or
(307) 382-1600 or toll free (800) 226-1181