Chippewa Valley Technical College (CVTC) recently received approval from the Wisconsin Technical College System for four Workforce Advancement Training (WAT) grants for a total of $275,150. WAT grants promote increased investment in the development of incumbent workers, improve Wisconsin businesses’ productivity and competitiveness, augment the state’s economic base and expand technical college training services to businesses and industry.
Critical Core Manufacturing Skills (CCMS)
CVTC will provide CCMS training to a consortium of 18 manufacturers in the Chippewa Valley. This is the second year of this project, targeted to upgrade the productivity of the incumbent manufacturing workforce. Feedback from participating manufacturers and from the participants led to requesting the addition of manufacturing-related supervisory courses.
CVTC will work with Catalytic Combustion Corporation of Bloomer and provide customized training services to all 69 of its current employees. The company recently purchased a new line of pollution and noise control products from a Canadian company. This expansion has necessitated workforce training on new welding techniques, crane rigging, quality, safety and office productivity tools. These training initiatives will solidify the company as it continues to improve its processes and expand, providing jobs at its company headquarters in Bloomer.
CVTC to provide training for up to 120 employees at Minnesota Wire in Eau Claire for recertification or certification requirements of the WHMA/IPC-620 Standards. The training standards leading to certification is of critical importance to this company which believes that it adds greatly to its ability to grow its business and retain workers.
Automated Manufacturing and Fabrication Consortium
This project represents the continuation and expansion of a WAT grant that started in Dunn County, originally designed for three employers; 3M, ConAgra Foods, and Cardinal FG. The Automated Manufacturing and Fabrication Consortium has expanded to include ten additional manufacturers, including Andersen Corporation, Badger Iron Works, Wal-Mart Distribution, American Structures, ASI Tank and C&E, all from Dunn County; Crusts Unlimited, Inc., SourceCut Industries, Inc. and Global Finishing Solutions, all from Trempealeau county; and Alliance Plastics Corporation in Chippewa County. The training program will allow maintenance technicians and associates to gain the necessary skills to better troubleshoot, respond and eliminate downtime in their respective organizations, resulting in higher company productivity and a reduction in turnover.
“Training like this is crucial in this type of economy we are in,” comments Tom Huffcutt, Vice President - Operations. “It will help businesses educate their current employees, giving them a competitive edge in the global market.”
It is anticipated that additional funding for employers wishing to partner on a WAT grant may be available for fall 2011. Interested employers are asked to complete the Request for Consideration found on the CVTC Business and Industry website: www.ProvenImpact.org.