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This article was prepared for the January 15, 2003 edition of U.S. 1 Newspaper. All rights reserved.
Between the Lines
Last week’s cover story, headlined "Trainers’ Taj
Mahal," covered Mercer County Community College’s new $10 million
convention center. Not only will it house the non-credit courses and
training opportunities that Mercer offers, but it can also be rented
out for conventions and seminars.
The headline drew a heated response from Ken Foxton, who has his own
training business, New Horizons, with offices at Canal Pointe and
center.It was informative to learn about MCCC’s and some of the other
conference centers in the area that offer room rentals and what you
get for your money. I was disappointed that your article did not mention
the other training centers in the area that this state-funded center
will compete with and what they have to offer businesses and individuals.
We are all working towards a better educated workforce and there is
more than one option available.
I would hope in the future such articles will encompass all of the
players in a particular industry.
Kenneth L. Foxton
President, New Horizons CLC
if the playing field is not level when they have to compete with the
not-for-profit organizations. To take just one example, health clubs
often resent the low fees made available by the YMCAs and YWCAs who
not only don’t pay taxes but can attract volunteer help. Similarly,
New Horizons teaches the very same courses that the community college
offers for both credit and noncredit. The credit courses get government
subsidies, and the noncredit courses are self supporting. Yet often
they are less expensive than those from a commercial firm, such as
New Horizons or other for-profit competitors like Chubb and DeVry.
We at U.S. 1 Newspaper sometimes feel the same way, because we too
have competition from not-for-profits — the chamber and trade
association magazines and directories.
That’s one of the reasons why we make a special effort to include
the for-profit competitors. We did that with the "Trainers’ Taj
Mahal" issue. We sent our photographer to take a picture of a
for-profit Ramada Inn’s National Conference Center in East Windsor.
We chose this one because it has just re-opened after a major renovation.
We also called each and every conference center in the vicinity, from
the non-profit Vincentian center on Mapleton Road to the new Lafayette
Yard Marriott to the Doral Forrestal on College Road, asking for rates
and details. This four-page list is more than a solace to our conscience
— it is a useful tool for anyone who is even thinking about holding
a a conference.
Unfortunately for Foxton and others in his field, the article focused
on conference centers, not trainers. The next time we do a big training
story, we hope he will send us information on his courses.
And in the meantime, the for-profit businesses can effectively compete
with the non-profits — whether by being more convenient, more
client oriented, or just plain better. Here at U.S. 1, we still still
think that competition is healthy.
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