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12649 Richfield Ct.
Livonia, MI 48150
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The John Spurr School - Paragon Laboratories

 

The John Spurr School of Laboratory and Quality Management, more commonly referred to as The John Spurr School or What Would John Spurr Do (WWJSD), is a program we developed in 2015 to address the growing need for managers and executives in our organization. The need for new managers and executives is driven by both growth and future retirements of current staff. The program:

  • Identifies staff members with the desire to become managers and executives
  • Qualifies staff members for acceptance into the program
  • Develops staff members management and executive abilities and experiences
  • Provides the organization with a surplus of trained staff to choose from when opportunities open up
  • Provides staff members with a "best in class" training experience such that graduates are in high demand at Paragon and amongst our vendors, customers, and other organizations in our fields

 

Below are some fine points on how the program is structured and administered:

  • WWJSD is designed to be equivalent to a certificate program or an advanced degree (similar to an MBA) specific to managing a laboratory.
  • Program will start July 1 each year with up to three participants in each graduating class.
  • Program duration is three years. First graduating class will finish the program June 31, 2018.
  • Program participation is optional and subject to acceptance into the program.
  • Participants must be voted into the program by a panel after an interview. A negative vote prevents the applicant from being accepted into the program.
  • If more than 3 applications are received in a given year, the panel members will independently rank the applicants with only the top three being accepted into the program.
  • Panel members will be John Spurr, John Parmentier, John Lankford, and Kiersten Cummings.
  • All applicants must have been with the company for 18 months prior to the start of the program term (prior to July 1 of the program year).
  • All applicants must be Centrality graduates in good standing prior to the start of the program term.
  • All applicants must have, or be, serving on a team prior to the start of the program term.
  • All applicants must be exempt employees prior to the start of the program term.
  • Program content is subject to change to reflect changes in offerings from vendors and trends in markets.
  • Program content is designed to provide participants with up to 52 days of training per program year (156 days total over the program).
  • Program content is designed for a budget of $20,000 in direct costs per participant per program year ($60,000 total investment in each participant over the program).
  • Program content will likely require participants to travel out of town for 50% of the training days.

 

Major training and development topics include:

  • Leadership
  • Management
  • Coaching
  • Communication
  • Hospitality
  • Project Management
  • Finance, Accounting, and Budgeting
  • Statistics
  • Auditing
  • Auditing / Certification / Accreditation Bodies
  • Vendor Engagement
  • Staff Engagement
  • Employment Law
  • Customer Service
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Waste Compliance
  • Safety Compliance
  • Code of Federal Regulations
  • Legal Issues
  • Quality Systems
  • Statistical Quality Systems (SQS)
  • Good Laboratory Practices (GLP)
  • Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP)

 

During the term of the program, participants will be given special projects to work on to apply what they have learned. Projects will be selected primarily from the Master Plan document generated out of Executive Management Review (EMR).

At the end of the program, participants will be given a major project to work on to apply and demonstrate what they have learned. Major projects will be selected primarily from the Master Plan document generated out of Executive Management Review (EMR).

At the end of the program, graduates will not be entitled to any immediate benefit. Benefits of participation and graduation include:

  • $60,000 in free education
  • Access to significant amounts of education at no cost to Paragon or the participant / graduate
  • Trained in the skills necessary to move into a management position at Paragon with potential for higher levels of compensation compared to support and laboratory positions
  • Trained in many areas beyond primary job responsibilities making the participant / applicant much more attractive to other employers, some of which may offer higher salaries than Paragon can offer

 

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