BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (April 2016) - Pinnaca (formerly Video Guidance), a leading strategic visual communications and collaboration service provider, is playing a lead role in training thousands of Veterans and dislocated manufacturing workers in Minnesota and Western Wisconsin. In mid 2014, a unique consortium was launched -- Advanced Manufacturing Education (AME) -- to upgrade skills of the manufacturing workforce. By the end of 2015, just over a year later, the number of individuals trained through AME has catapulted from 13 to 1,009 workers, studying 58 courses. Some workers have taken multiple courses, doubling the number of class seats to 2,040. In addition, the program's partners have expanded from three to 92 employers/businesses, workforce/labor organizations and prisons through the Department of Corrections.
The successful initiative has been made even more impactful thanks to a new, one-of-a-kind, multimedia cloud-based service that allows workers to connect to the classroom using a phone, tablet, computer or video system. Pinnaca's new Video Conferencing as a Service platform is based on Acano technology that unites previously incompatible audio, video and web technologies. Now students can connect anytime, anywhere on any device.