Out of a Partnership Comes Success

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Canam Steel Corp partners with Frederick Community College and Frederick County Workforce Services to address shortage of experienced workers.

Canam Steel Corporation headquartered in Point of Rocks, Maryland, designs and fabricates construction products and solutions, including steel joists, structural steel and bridgework. Due to a shortage of experienced welders in Frederick County, Canam partnered with Frederick Community College (FCC) and Frederick County Workforce Services (FCWS) almost two years ago to create opportunities for local job seekers to gain the welding skills required to become eligible for employment at their Point of Rocks location. The class was a six-week, 80-hour program, teaching students to weld using SMAW, GMAW and FCAW processes. Funding for the course was provided through scholarships created by Canam Steel through the FCC Foundation and Workforce Services grants.

Mark Holmes, who was unemployed at the time, was working with the local FCWS office and learned of the opportunity to become a welder.    As he stated, “I needed a job at the time and always enjoyed welding. What a great opportunity.” He attended the information session held at Canam and interviewed with the Supervisory staff.    He was accepted into the first class held and also received a scholarship through the grants provided. The rest is history. Mark graduated from the program as one of the top in his class, passing all requirements, and was hired by Canam in January, 2012 as a Welder in the Bridge Shop.

Canam offers growth potential opportunities to all internal candidates through our recruitment process, and in January, 2013 several positions became available for a Production Supervisor. After much discussion with staff members, Mark applied for the position and was interviewed by the Plant Manager and the Plant Superintendent’s. His hard work and dedication once again paid off and Mark was offered a Supervisory position in the Bridge shop on March 25th, 2013. As Mark will tell you, “I still have a lot to learn, but work hard and remain dedicated to your values, and anything can happen. Did I ever imagine moving into a supervisory position in a little over a year, I had no idea.”

Through the collaboration of several different organizations within our community, we were able to offer an opportunity to those unemployed as well as fulfill our current staffing needs. Canam hopes to open up another class in the future and is looking forward to working with the wonderful staff of FCC and FCWS.

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