Lorain County Community College celebrates the third annual national Apprenticeship Week starting Monday, November 13. The college continues to work with employers to create customized training and apprenticeship programs that give employees skills they need for high-demand, high-paying jobs that require advanced skills.
LCCC recently began its Advanced Manufacturing Apprenticeship program in partnership with regional manufacturers and Cuyahoga County Community College to meet the needs for a skilled workforce in advanced manufacturing including CNC, industrial maintenance, machining, tool and die and welding. This helps address the growing problem in manufacturing of the lack of middle-skilled workers.
The advanced manufacturing apprenticeship program requires 780 contact hours, 32 semester credits hours and 8000 hours of on-the-job training and is for those employed full-time with a manufacturer. Courses take place at the Tri-C Brunswick University Center.
From the employer end, Sandra Everett, Technical Projects and Training Manager with Nord Advanced Technologies Center, works with industry to customize education, training and apprenticeship programs for advanced manufacturing processes. “We are in a national crisis for highly skilled technicians,” she said. In the past few years, apprenticeship programs have been in greater demand as a result, she added.
These well-paying jobs now require highly skilled technicians to know more than in the past, and some of the customized programs contain 1,000 hours or more of training. Ultimately, courses through LCCC help employees grow while meeting the needs of employers by advancing the skill-sets of their workforce.
National Apprenticeship Week is a national celebration that offers leaders in business, labor, education and other critical partners a chance to express their support for apprenticeships.
LCCC-led Ohio TechNet, a consortium of 11 community colleges focused on helping manufacturers solve the current talent shortage, collaborates with the Ohio Manufacturers’ Association (OMA) to host regional employer meetings. LCCC and OMA will facilitate a regional manufacturers’ regional meeting in Lorain County on Wednesday, November 15 for Apprenticeship Week. Discussion topics will include an update on a new apprenticeship program that LCCC is launching in Medina County in partnership with Cuyahoga Community College.
To learn more about apprenticeships at LCCC, call Tammy Jenkins in Business Growth Services at (440) 366-4833.