Kalamazoo, MI (PRWEB) March 02, 2013
The next Production Technician Academy at Kalamazoo Valley Community College begins on March 26, 2013. Classes will run from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Graduation for the March Academy will be held at 10:00 a.m. on April 26.
An information session about the Academy is set for Monday, March 4th at 4:00 p.m. at The Groves Campus. The Academy was designed by local employers who were looking for a way to fill local manufacturing jobs with qualified production workers. Local employers have contributed scholarships which will cover the $1,600 fee for those who are not eligible for publicly funded training grants, as determined by Michigan Works! Kalamazoo/St. Joseph Counties.
“The manufacturing sector needs skilled workers,” said Lesa Strausbaugh, Director of Career Academies for Kalamazoo Valley Community College. “Cutting-edge, advanced technologies have fostered a new manufacturing environment with automated machines, computer-driven processes and integrated electronic systems. This Academy was designed specifically to meet those needs.”
The Production Technician Academy, housed at Kalamazoo Valley’s Groves Campus, is a competency-based, fast-track, industry-designed training program to prepare production workers for an advanced manufacturing environment. The training is meant to prepare graduates for entry-level positions and successful, long-term careers in manufacturing. Graduates receive a transcript of demonstrated skills and competencies that manufacturers recognize and value.
Training includes an introduction to the manufacturing industry; safety and OSHA regulation training; Lean Manufacturing training; team work group participation; Applied Math Fundamentals; Industrial Blueprint Reading; Precision Measurement; Quality Management training; basic electrical and mechanical training; an introduction to Programmable Logic Control; Basic Industrial Fluid Power training; computer usage; and job search and interviewing preparation.
Applications to the Production Technician Academy are accepted all year long. For more information, go to http://www.kvcc.edu/training, call 269-353-1290 or email careeracademies(at)kvcc(dot)edu.