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1st Manufacturing Skills Connection Class Graduates

By Andy Proffet
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The first graduates of the Manufacturing Skills Connection received their certificates and met with prospective employers Thursday.

The regional training program is a partnership between Ivy Tech, Duke Energy, the city of Shelbyville and local industries and economic development groups. It’s designed to supply local manufacturers with qualified employees by preparing workers for the skills those companies identify as critical for their workforce.

“I’m excited about this program, because I’ve actually seen some of its success in Lafayette,” said Robert Lewis of Indiana Precision Forge, referring to a similar program in that region of the state. Lewis was one of several company representatives on hand to interview the graduates.

“We have found that we have struggled over the years finding individuals that can advance within our organization,” said Shelly Carter of PMC. “We can find individuals that can come in and start, but we can’t find an individual in that skilled trade. Those skilled-trade individual are hard to find because people aren’t going into those skilled trades. So we were excited about this type of training and this type of development program, because that at least gives the foundation for an individual to enter into our type of program and we can build on that.”

The eight-week program is designed for students to earn a Certified Production Technician (CPT) credential. The CPT allows employees to distinguish themselves and prove their skills are up-to-date. Its national recognition also allows those with a CPT to take their skills anywhere.

The CPT course emphasizes four areas: safety; quality practices and measurement; manufacturing processes and production; and maintenance awareness.

Mayor Tom DeBaun said the program grew out of a common concern about the skills of the local workforce from industries looking to either expand in Shelbyville or come to the area.

The initial class drew seven students, but there’s room for more in the next session, which begins June 9, 2014. Registration for the next session ends May 30.  Scholarships are available.

For information on how to apply, contact Tony Collier, County Coordinator/Business Recruitment Coordinator, WorkOne Shelbyville (130 W. Rampart Road, Shelbyville, IN 46176) 317-392-3251 ext. 205 / [email protected]

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Members of the first Manufacturing Skills Connection class were Jay Berkheimer, Juan Pablo Ramirez Perez, Logan Ross and Ancil Smith, all of Shelbyville; Mark Yancey of Morristown; Alvin Baker of Greenfield; and Michael Conner of Rushville.

Andy Proffet is a staff writer for The Shelbyville News. Follow him on Twitter @AndyProffetTSN.

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