Advanced Manufacturing Advances With Training

By October 21, 2006Economy

Good news this week from the Department of Labor on training programs to promote the skills needed in advanced manufacturing:

WASHINGTON, Oct. 19 /U.S. Newswire/ — U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao today announced the awarding of $16.8 million in grants to 11 organizations in 10 states to prepare workers for careers in advanced manufacturing. The eleven organizations were selected from among 186 applicants competing under the president’s High Growth Job Training Initiative.

“These $16.8 million in grants made possible by the president’s High Growth Job Training Initiative, will prepare workers for rewarding careers in advanced manufacturing and help retain America’s competitive edge in the worldwide economy,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao.

Manufacturing remains a cornerstone of the U.S. economy and is responsible for more innovation than any other sector. It continues to contribute significantly to economic growth and to American competitiveness in world markets. Jobs in manufacturing provide workers better wages and benefits than those in other fields. Manufacturers, nonetheless, report persistent challenges in filling high-quality jobs available today.

The NAM has worked closely with DOL’s Employment and Training Administration to develop standardized, industry-based programs to attract and train workers able to succeed in manufacturing. One major step was a “core competency model” released in May. As NAM President John Engler said then:

The framework provides a long overdue snapshot of what the 21st century manufacturing technical worker looks like. We will take a leadership role to promote this new model of industry-wide skill requirements with our member companies, affiliated associations and educators and work with industry partners to keep it current as the skill requirements of manufacturers change.

A list of grantees is below the fold.

Organization, Amount:

Connecticut Business and Industry Association, $1,775,030

International Association of NANO Technology (Calif.), $1,500,000

Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana, $1,860,515

Los Angeles Valley College, $1,500,000

North Central Texas Workforce Board, $1,562,382

State of Oklahoma, $1,500,000

Philadelphia Workforce Investment Board, $1,500,000

Rochester Institute of Technology, $1,158,983

TechSolve, Inc. (Ohio), $1,464,470

Virginia Biotechnology Association, $1,494,369

Western Iowa Tech Community College, $1,498,548

Total — $16,814,297

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