Training You Need to Improve Your Skills

 

As the economy gets stronger, manufacturers in the Mahoning Valley are faced with the challenge of hiring skilled employees who are trained to do the work. Pairing increased demand with current employees retiring creates workforce gaps that need to be filled.

Eastern Gateway Community College in collaboration with the Mahoning Valley Manufacturers Coalition looks to help fulfill the needs of our area’s manufacturers and workers alike. A $2.5 million grant through the U.S. Department of Labor’s Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) program allowed EGCC to launch a manufacturing apprenticeship program with a focus on welding and machining.

“The need in the Youngstown market for machinists was so high that we identified this as a pathway that we wanted to write the grant for,” said Ryan Pasco, director of energy and engineering initiatives at EGCC.

EGCC knows that an apprenticeship program cannot be one-size-fits-all. That’s why the college is working with area manufacturers to identify specific needs for each program.

By working with EGCC, employers can get:

  • Apprenticeship program tailored to specific needs
  • Full support of EGCC educational programs and instructors
  • Opportunities to refine the apprenticeship program each year
  • Continuing education opportunities for existing employees
  • Direct access to a pool of educated, skilled apprentices and workers

For more information on the EGCC manufacturing apprenticeship program, contact Ryan Pasco, director of energy and engineering initiatives at EGCC at rpasco@egcc.edu or by calling 724 302 7591.