Training is a way to show your care to your employees and a worthy investment in your company’s future. Recently, Nor-Cal Products, Inc chose SmartR to be the trainer for their staff, not only in communicative but also specialized English.   

Since 1962 Nor-Cal Products has manufactured the highest quality vacuum chambers, components, and engineered subsystems used in semiconductor, flat panel display, industrial coating, LED lighting, energy, and research equipment. They serve customers through a worldwide network of sales, service, and manufacturing facilities. Because of being a multinational, Nor-Cal wants employees to enhance their English skill, therefore, SmartR has been helping them by using an innovative online learning platform as well as on-site workshops. After 4 months, here are some significant improvements: 

  • Almost 80% of the learners from High Beginner moved up to the higher-level Low Intermediate. The Proficiency Level is determined by both VPA test results (including Listening, Reading, and Grammar) and Speaking Assessments results. 
  • 50% of the Low Intermediate learners moved up to Intermediate level on their VPA tests. 
  • 89% of the High Beginner “speakers” leveled up to “Low Intermediate”. 

Workshop “Introduction to Accent Reduction” with trainer Jimmy Ha

Also, last month, SmartR held an offline workshop “Introduction to Accent Reduction” with trainer Jimmy Ha to talk about how to be better at speaking skills. The majority said they learned something new in the workshop and they could apply what they learned from the workshop to work. Moreover, this month, SmartR will continuously organize another workshop with an interesting topic “Building Habits” by our professional coach Dana Drahos.  


However, one thing to mention is online and offline classes, certified trainers, practical material, etc these factors alone could not create the positive results without the effort and the willingness to study of the Nor-Cal learners. 


SmartR is an EdTech company providing skill-based training solutions for individuals and organizations. SmartR applies technology to solve real-world challenges in the Learning and Development industry. SmartR offers online and offline courses covering a wide range of topics that include language learning, business skills, computer science, and personal development. 

Uyen Ho

Uyen Ho