Free Eight-Week Training Program to Provide Pathway to Manufacturing Careers
After some initial pilots earlier this year, the first cohort of about 24 students will start in September with another cohort of students to start in November.
Olson has been working with the industry partners and community organizations for nearly a year to turn this program into a reality. Organizations like the Badger Prairie Needs Network, Centro Hispano of Dane County, Urban League of Greater Madison, Latino Academy of Workforce Development, Inc., Dane County Job Center, and Forward Service Corporation are helping to generate student interest, though the program is open to community members outside of those organizations as well.
The core 44-hour manufacturing training program will be taught by Madison College faculty. The three-part program includes: Introduction to Manufacturing Essentials, Manufacturing Skills Training, and Career Path Preparation. The hands-on Manufacturing Skills training course provides skills in 3 possible tracks: Metal Fabrication/Welding, Metal Machining/Quality, and Plastics Processing. Participants will also have an opportunity to participate in an industry tour of a local company for further career exploration.
“Having the opportunity to coach, council and guide program participants through a mock interview process provides great networking opportunities for local industry partners while providing transferable skills for students entering the workforce,” said Greg Schinker, production manager at McFarlane Manufacturing Company, one of the program’s industry partners in Sauk City, Wis.