CenturyLink training center will bring workers to area

By Burton Speakman



CenturyLink is opening its regional training facility in downtown Warren.

Each year the facility will host at least 100 CenturyLink employees from throughout the Midwest. The training efforts will include cable splicing, high-speed Internet and fiber training.

The training facility won’t have any full-time employees, but it will bring workers for CenturyLink to the area throughout the year, said Joanette N. Romero, CenturyLink’s market development manager for Ohio. Courses are scheduled for the next several months. The center will be at 220 S. Park Ave.

“The CenturyLink training center keeps our technicians and training dollars local and will utilize space in our downtown building that was made available for this project,” said Kelly Blay, vice president/general manager of CenturyLink of Ohio.

Before the Warren facility, CenturyLink had to send its employees to North Carolina for training, Romero said. Those trips meant the company had to pay for flights, lodging and food.

The Warren facility not only saves costs for the company for training Ohio employees, but will result in additional savings because employees will be able to drive to the Warren site from surrounding states, she swaid.

“It will also bring employees to this area where they will stay in local hotels and eat at local restaurants,” Romero said.

The Community Improvement Corp. of Warren and Trumbull County is partnering with CenturyLink in the facility. The CIC is an affiliate of the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber.

“The partnership between the CIC and CenturyLink is a new approach for the CIC, but reflects our continuing commitment to the development of business opportunities in the Warren area,” said John L. Pogue, chairman of the Warren and Trumbull County CIC.

Among the local support, the Regional Chamber will provide CenturyLink a directory of local services near the training facility (hotels, restaurants, entertainment options and gas stations), and CenturyLink will be encouraged to utilize these options during the training sessions, according to a statement from the CIC.

The CIC and chamber will help the company with any information about events going on in the community when training is occurring as well, Romero said.

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