CHESTER, CONN. - First it was videotape. Then came laser disc technology. Now Paulson Training Programs Inc. is changing over its courses to CD-ROM. Working at company headquarters in Chester, Paulson employees are converting the existing I-T Learning System course information from laser disc format to CD-ROM. The first CD offerings are the 14-lesson course, Practical Injection Molding, and the two-lesson Basic Injection Molding Machine Operations - a total of 20 hours of material.
``All new Paulson courses will be on CD,'' said Craig Paulson, general manager and vice president of marketing. A free, 30-minute demonstration CD is available to injection molding companies.
The company will continue to serve its existing customers with existing issues of courses in laser disc and videotape, Paulson said. But he said most companies now prefer CD.
Thirty more hours of training programs are scheduled for release in the fall.
Craig Paulson said CD-ROM will make the company's training more accessible to a range of customers. Laser discs required a special player.
This fall, the company will begin a rental program that allows a customer to rent the training system hardware direct from Paulson by the month. Paulson will charge $30 per person, per lesson, in addition to the rent for the hardware.
The rental concept allows customers to pay for only those lessons they want, instead of buying the complete Paulson library.
``We want to target those people who are not using us now-the vast majority of molding plants,'' Paulson said.
The next logical step, he said, would be some sort of ``pay-per-view'' training over the Internet.
Paulson Training Programs also announced it will offer the following half-day workshops this fall: Sept. 24 in Chicago, Oct. 15 in Dayton, Ohio, and Nov. 13 in Lansing, Mich. Attendance is free, but advance registration is required.
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