It's not just big-name multinationals that are jumping on the GED® bandwagon. Kuntz Electroplating Inc. of Kitchener is a family business. Founded in 1948 with 12 employees, it had a simple vision: "To be the best at what we do." Today, Kuntz has grown into the worldwide automotive industry leader for steel and aluminum plating and metal finishing, and employs over 900 people. The company owes much of its success to a commitment to its customers, the environment, the community, and especially, to its employees.
Beginning in the fall of 2002, Kuntz began offering on-site GED® test preparation. Fourteen staff participated in the program and wrote the GED® test. "One employee had less than a Grade 8 education and it took a lot of hard work to pass the test," said training manager Judy Zarzycki. "They were all so proud of themselves." Zarzycki had approached management with the idea of helping employees write the GED® test. In keeping with Kuntz's policy of assisting its employees' development, the company paid for the preparation and test fees. "It's in our best interest to keep upgrading our people because we are in a competitive worldwide business. And employees who earn their [high school equivalency] help secure their future here." Zarzycki says.
Kuntz continues to see results from the success of the GED® testing program and has offered it to its employees a number of times. The company has held three testing sessions in total, the most recent in November 2005.