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Breaking Barriers: How Access Drives Equity

This post is written by Dany Drapiza, Education Manager & Senior Curriculum Designer at Kellen

Recently, I had the privilege of attending the The Society for Maintenance & Reliability Professionals (SMRP) Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida, where we unveiled our latest initiative – an online training program tailored to support individuals preparing for the CMRP (Certified Maintenance and Reliability Professional) exam. The demo showcased various features, with a key emphasis on the game-changer: 24/7 access. Little did I know, this emphasis on accessibility would strike a chord with an attendee, shining a light on the transformative power of inclusivity.

The Impact of Access:
During a post-demo interaction, a young woman of color expressed her enthusiasm, stating, “This is exactly what I’ve been looking for. All the other trainings are held in person, which makes it difficult for me to attend. This will be so much easier.” Her words resonated deeply, underscoring the vital role access plays in fostering inclusion. It became evident that access to information is not just a convenience; it’s a critical stride towards breaking down barriers and ensuring everyone has an equal opportunity to thrive.

SMRP’s Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion:
Aligned with SMRP’s commitment to cultivating diversity and inclusivity within the Maintenance and Reliability industry, the introduction of our self-paced online training program is a significant leap forward. This innovative approach caters to a broader spectrum of professionals, especially those working on-site, grappling with time constraints and demanding schedules. By providing a platform that is accessible anytime, anywhere, we empower individuals to advance their skills without compromising their professional commitments.

Removing Obstacles:
Our online training not only breaks down geographical barriers but also eliminates the need for costly travel or accommodations. Recognizing the financial constraints that can impede professional development, we’ve prioritized a model that ensures inclusivity through affordability and convenience.

Looking Ahead:
As we gear up to launch the SMRP Training Program: The Five Pillars of Knowledge Course Series, we are excited about the prospect of cultivating a more diverse and inclusive community of Maintenance and Reliability professionals. By championing accessibility, we are not just providing a service; we are fostering an environment where talent knows no bounds, and success is within reach for all.

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