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|Delta offers free courses to train workers|
Louisiana Delta Community College's workforce development program will offer free summer classes to prepare local people to work at the Gardner Denver Thomas plant in Monroe, which will expand its operations here over the next year.
Free classes at DCC also are being offered to train people for work at other companies in the region.
Delta will offer both Certified Manufacturing Specialist (CMS) and Computer Numeric Controls (CNC) training. Classes begin June 8.
The training will be provided through a collaborative effort between Delta and the Northeast Louisiana Workforce Centers, operator of the Northeast Louisiana One-Stop Career Centers, under the "Building a Louisiana Delta Workforce Imitative." The imitative is funded through the U.S. Department of Labor's community-based job training grant program. Depending on demand, Delta will offer training both during the day and evenings to accommodate individual schedules, according to Bob Hammack, Delta's director of workforce development.
People must apply at their local One-Stop Career Centers, and take Certified Manufacturing Specialist training, Hammack said.
"The CMS program is 'holistic,' in that all courses are interrelated," Hammack said.
"To be an effective employee requires knowledge skills to function in today's high-paced, high-tech, global business environment," Hammack explained. "Some job tasks will require use of technology. Other job tasks may require unique skills such as math or measurement. Finally, skills that increase personal effectiveness with coworkers and customers also create a better business environment."
"This program requires that learners integrate skills taught in all courses to enable them to perform effectively in a manufacturing environment," he added.
Based on performance and evaluations by the instructors, some students will be offered an opportunity to enter the CNC training. CNC is a method of controlling certain types of machine tools by using a programmable control system. Rather than requiring an operator to move the axes and tool of a machine, such as a mill or lathe, using hand wheels, a CNC machine is programmed beforehand, and the CNC controller executes those pre-programmed instructions. Those who complete CNC training will be offered an interview opportunity at Gardner Denver Thomas, Hammack said.
Earlier last month, Gardner Denver Thomas officials announced it would consolidate its Sheboygan, Wis., operations into the Monroe facility.
The decision to consolidate in Monroe will more than quadruple Gardner Denver's Monroe operations from roughly 70 jobs today to at least 301 by the end of 2011, including new jobs averaging $37,000 annually plus benefits.