Partners in Force: Mahoning County Career and Technical Center partnering with Business and Industry in Manufacturing

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

The Adult Career Center of Mahoning County Career and Technical Center, continues to provide customized training for business and industry. This year, MCCTC had the opportunity to be part of the pre-hire training with Exterran, an industry leader in natural gas compression products and services, along with the Trumbull and Columbiana Adult Career Centers.

The Exterran training included training sessions for human resources, shop math, blueprint reading, and basic overview of welding for non-welder positions and training for welding certifications. The Workforce Development and Training Coordinator played a crucial role in the development of the curriculum to customize the needs of Exterran and to assist in evaluating criteria necessary for pre-employment qualifications. Instructors observed and monitored the progress of welders to determine good welds chosen to send on for certification. The Adult Career Center of MCCTC was also honored to be present at the opening ceremony and to recognize the opportunity to have Exterran in our community.

In addition, the Adult Career Center partnered with Work Advance, a workforce development model designed to assist unemployed and low-wage working adults increase their employment and earnings by finding good quality jobs in targeted sectors that have room for advancement within established career pathways. The training involved shop math, blueprint reading, MIG and Stick welding modules.

Training was also provided for Boardman Township Road Department. The training encompassed pipe welding (6G) for employees to become certified. At the completion of the training, all employees did obtain certification.

Due to the demand in the machining and welding industry, the Adult Career Center at MCCTC added additional training programs for the Adult Career Certification programs for welding and machining to meet the needs of those employees who have lost their jobs and need retraining and education. Along with the advancements of employment in the manufacturing industry, the Adult Career Center has been partnering with OH-PENN Manufacturing Career Pathways initiative. A collaborative effort has been made to inform business and industry on the effectiveness of utilizing the Act WorkKeys National Career Readiness Credential as strategic tool for measuring necessary skills for employment and as part of a screening process for a productive workforce.

Making connections with business and industry is a priority and a commitment for Mahoning County Career and Technical Center. The Adult Career Center connects with business and industry as a dynamic resource that creates and inspires necessary curriculum and training for students and for industry needs leading to a productive workforce and employment.