Posted March 19, 2014
LCCC is one of 50 Schools to Join “Get Skills to Work Initiative”
Lorain County Community College joins a coalition of more than 50 colleges from across the U.S. as well as industry and non-profit organizations in the Get Skills to Work Initiative that seeks to invest in veterans transitioning from active duty to the civilian workforce.
“Lorain County Community College has always had a strong commitment to helping our veterans reach their educational goals,” said Kelly Zelesnik, dean of LCCC’s Engineering and Information Technologies division. “This partnership gives us the ability to provide veterans with another avenue of training that can get them prepared for a career in one of the many manufacturing industries that are in need of employees with the right skills.”
Get Skills to Work, a partnership among the Manufacturing Institute, GE, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Alcoa, and more than 500 manufacturing companies, will work with the 50 institutions of higher education to further expand accelerated training and certification opportunities for U.S. veterans in advanced manufacturing.
“Working with educators and employers, we are creating real opportunities for transitioning service members to get the skills they need to access in-demand manufacturing careers,” said Jennifer McNelly, president, The Manufacturing Institute.
As more community and technical schools join Get Skills to Work, we are fulfilling our commitment to up-skill veterans and connect them with local manufacturing job opportunities, McNelly said.
At a time when the manufacturing industry has a well-documented skills gap, veterans represent an important pipeline of talented workers. Many veterans have training and experience that match up to manufacturing careers, in areas as diverse as welding, machining, logistics, and maintenance. For those veterans requiring additional training and industry certifications to prepare for the civilian manufacturing workforce, accelerated postsecondary programs can bridge the gap for transitioning veterans. That is why expanding educational opportunities through Get Skills to Work is so important to the manufacturers in the coalition. The schools prioritize veterans in their training programs, align programs to manufacturing industry certifications, and maximize opportunities for veterans to use their GI Bill and other benefits toward technical training.
For more information on Get Skills to Work, visit www.GetSkillstoWork.org. For information on Veterans Services at LCCC visit www.lorainccc.edu/veterans or call 440-366-7685.