Northwest State Community College in Archbold recently hosted a series of manufacturing-focused exploration sessions throughout Toledo and the surrounding areas, with audiences ranging from students to adults.
Locally, NSCC’s Custom Training Solutions (CTS) group, a division of NSCC providing businesses with access to cutting-edge training, partnered with The Chamber Partnership, Penta Career Center, CIFT, Kennametal, and Supplemental Staffing to bring the events to the public. State Representatives Teresa Fedor (District 45-Toledo) and Michael Sheehy (District 46-Oregon) were among the guests welcomed during the sessions.
The events began with a roundtable at CTS at NSCC’s UT-Scott Park facility, and continued throughout the week with plant tours, manufacturing expos, and roundtables. In addition to the Scott Park location, guests were able to take guided tours at Plastic Technologies, Designetics, Tonair, Crum Manufacturing, Kennametal, Surface Combustion, Willy’s Fresh Salsa, Spartan Chemical, and NYSUS Solutions.
“We regularly hear from manufacturers, both large and small, that they are in need of more employees,” said Tami Norris, Computer Training coordinator for CTS. “Through our agency connections we know that there are people in the area that are unemployed or underemployed. We provide the training in technical and job ready skills to help prepare people for those open positions.”
According to mfgday.com: for every $1 spent in manufacturing, another $1.89 is added to the economy; in 2016, the average manufacturing worker in the United States earned $82,023 annually, including pay and benefits; manufacturers have one of the highest percentages of workers eligible for health benefits provided by their employer; over the next decade, nearly 3.5 million manufacturing jobs will likely be needed, and two million are expected to go unfilled due to the skills gap.