Lee County EDG, in conjunction with our partners, sponsored the first Manufacturing 101 course, designed to help develop the skills necessary to start a new career in manufacturing. This initial class graduates five students this week who have completed this four-month course, an additional student had to drop the class due to one of our manufacturing partners offering her a full-time job before graduation. All of these graduates completed their NCRC with a Silver or better.
Lee County EDG has listened to our manufacturing partners regarding the skills they need in entry level applicants. We tailored this program to meet those needs of our manufacturers. As a result, many community industry professionals are on board with the program, including 14 Lee County manufacturers; stating they will give graduates a priority look when hiring.
Lee County manufacturing partners include: Allied Blending & Ingredients, Axalta Coatings, Climax Molybdenum, Cryotech Deicing Technology, DuPont, Henniges Automotive, Huffman Welding & Machine, Independent Can Company, Roquette America, Scotts Miracle Gro, Siemens Wind Energy, Silgan Containers, Steffensmeier Welding and Pinnacle Foods.
Participants in the Manufacturing 101 course gained experience in the skills necessary for an entry level position at a local manufacturer. The course ran two nights a week at the SCC Fort Madison Center from October through January with the students completing 75 hours of instruction.
Instructor, Clifton Belville, lead the students through a variety of topics aimed to give the students a basic understanding of manufacturing in Lee County. Subjects covered during the class included: safety in the workplace, basic math, reading comprehension, blueprint reading, quality fundamentals, problem-solving, mechanical knowledge, employability skills and more.