Chippewa Valley Technical College (CVTC), along with the Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation (CCEDC), received recognition at the 2011 Mid-America Competitiveness Conference & Site Selector Forum in Chicago on December 5, 2011. The Mid-America Economic Development Council (MAEDC) awarded CVTC and the CCEDC The Best of the Midwest Award for their joint efforts with the Workforce Development program-Critical Core Manufacturing Skills (CCMS). Charlie Walker, CCEDC President/ CEO, attended the conference and accepted the award on behalf of CCEDC and CVTC.
CCMS was created to help provide Chippewa Valley businesses and their employees with critical skills in productivity, teamwork, problem solving, and adaptability. Such training strengthens the area’s workforce and is an asset to attracting businesses to Chippewa County.
Now in its second year, the CCMS training consortium program is once again a partnership between CVTC and the CCEDC. At of the end of 2011, over 300 employees from 20 Chippewa Valley companies have received a technical certificate in CCMS for completing all 12 training modules. In 2012 another 275 workers from 14 manufacturers have enrolled in the training.
“This cutting-edge training helps the region’s skilled workers be even more competitive,” says Tim Shepardson, CVTC’s Chippewa Falls Campus manager, who worked with Charlie to develop the training consortium. “Receiving this award is just icing on the cake to all the great work our group has done to get this training in place and to benefit the employers in our area.”
Participating businesses have reported employee benefits, such as thinking outside the box, making wise decisions that help their company, and using a strong team approach, Tim notes.
Financial support to subsidize the training cost has come from two Workforce Advancement Training (WAT) grants from the Wisconsin Technical College System, the first of which was used to launch the program. The grant was renewed in June 2011 for the current academic year.
“We’re eager to build on the number of regional workers who receive this vital training, which strengthens businesses,” Tim says. “Additional companies are invited to participate.”
For more information on the training consortium, contact Tim Shepardson at 715-738-6454.
Photo: Charlie Walker (center), President/CEO of CCEDC, accepts the Best of the Midwest Award from Ron Starner of Conway Data/Site Selection Magazine and Kathy Evert of Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation at the Mid-American Competitiveness Conference & Site Selector Forum.