TCC Celebrates Manufacturing Students' Success

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Tallahassee, FL -- January 27, 2012 --

In November of last year, Tallahassee Community College and WORKFORCE plus announced a partnership to form the Engineering Technology and Advanced Manufacturing (ETAM) project, a program designed to help job-seekers receive training that will increase their overall marketability. TCC is now celebrating the first group of students completing the Manufacturing Fundamentals course. 7 of the 9 students who completed the course will be awarded the industry-recognized Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC) national Production Technician certificate.

ETAM is a grant project funded by the U.S. Department of Labor and includes a three-college consortium and local workforce agencies to build workforce development solutions that can be deployed in both the education and training environments.

“We are incredibly proud of these students, and are excited about the early success of the ETAM project,” said Bruce Baton, program manager of TCC’s Advanced Manufacturing Training Center. “Earning the MSSC credential lets employers know that these students are highly-skilled and well-qualified in the field of manufacturing.”

“As we observe the manufacturing sector strengthening, it is imperative that we stay on top of industry trends and develop a trained and talented workforce that will fill those future workforce needs,” said Kimberly A. Moore, CEO of WORKFORCE plus, who’s non-profit secures training for those looking to become reemployed. “WORKFORCE plus and TCC formed a team committed to workforce development in our area and we’re proud to celebrate these graduates as they bolster their reemployment journey.”

WORKFORCE plus provides comprehensive workforce and career services for the ETAM grant participants at Tallahassee Community College. This allows the grant to address reemployment from both sides: training, certification and vocational preparation on one hand and job hunt strategy on the other.

TCC is hosting an awards ceremony to celebrate the manufacturing students’ success on Tuesday, January 31, at 5 p.m. in the Advanced Manufacturing Training Center. The AMTC is located on the southwest corner of TCC’s main campus at the corner of West Pensacola Street and Century Park Drive.

For more information on the ETAM project, contact TCC’s AMTC at (850) 201-9720 or the WORKFORCE plus outreach specialist at (850) 201-9722.

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