Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Technical College, in collaboration with Community College of Vermont (CCV), will offer a Principles of Manufacturing class at the Williston Campus starting February 27. Eligible parents can enroll at no cost via the Strengthening Working Families Initiative (SWFI), a grant funded program through Vermont Tech.

The first of two courses in CCV’s Certified Production Technician (CPT) program, Principles of Manufacturing introduces students to manufacturing, including facilitating safe work practices in industrial environments and controlling and improving quality in a manufacturing setting. Students earn college credit, as well as credentials from the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council.

“We believe curriculum and training should be tied to valuable outcomes, like industry-recognized certifications, that provide a viable and sustainable career path,” says Maureen Hebert, Associate Dean of Continuing Education & Workforce Development at Vermont Tech.

The CPT program is one of a number of manufacturing trainings that Vermont Tech offers to parents at no cost through SWFI. Grant funded by the U.S. Department of Labor, SWFI provides training in manufacturing to custodial parents of at least one child under the age of 14. In addition to free training, SWFI participants receive support services, including assistance securing childcare and transportation.

By reducing barriers to training, Vermont Tech aims to help working families find successful employment, as well as meet the workforce needs of Vermont’s manufacturers.

“Vermont Tech allows the opportunity for our employees to drive their development forward and take their careers into their own hands,” says Marissa Greene, HR Admin at Vermont Creamery. “These classes add value to our staff.”

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Gena, a SWFI participant and Vermont Creamery employee, echoes Greene’s sentiment: “Vermont Tech’s classes not only fit my busy life, but have also helped further my career in manufacturing.”
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Source: WILLISTON, VT, January 23, 2020—Vermont Technical College



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