3-12-2021 – Free training for manufacturing jobs offered

Posted on: March 12th, 2021 by admin


March 12, 2021



Sometimes Krista Bridgwood has had to look far afield for people to fill jobs at Bemis Manufacturing Company, a plastics manufacturing company where Bridgwood is the human resources manager.


It’s not that there aren’t people in Caldwell County looking for good-paying jobs, but there are few local workers with the necessary technical skills.


Finding local people with the necessary skills is “not impossible, but it’s difficult. And what tends to happen, if there are only a few in the area and there’s five or six manufacturers, you end up sharing them, for lack of a better word,” she said. “It just becomes a vicious cycle. There’s just not enough talent to go around.”


Bemis currently has three vacancies they have been unable to fill “for quite some time.”


Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute has partnered with Bemis and other local manufacturers to offer a free training program to help address that shortage of workers with advanced manufacturing skills.


The Industrial Manufacturing Pre-Apprenticeship Customized Training Institute is a four-week program that will provide students with the skills and certifications needed for an entry-level advanced manufacturing job, President Mark Poarch said in a press release.


“The goal of this program is to close the skills gap our local employers face when hiring new workers, and also creating a talent pipeline for high-demand, high-skill manufacturing jobs,” he said.


To qualify for the IMPACT Institute, students must be at least 18 years old and have earned a high school credential.


Bridgwood said that many skilled workers who are already in the field are older and thinking of retiring in less than 10 years, so the demand for new workers could be even greater down the road. She hopes that the college’s training will help inspire a younger generation to enter the field.


“I think what programs like this do, especially if you can start in middle school through high school, is it generates an interest in something. We need the talent, but it also sparks the interest for the student … to know what it is what we do … know what opportunities await for them in their hometown if they want to stay in their hometown,” she said. “That’s what we want to do as well, is inspire people to go into these fields.”


The IMPACT Institute provides full scholarships for tuition, books and supplies for students who qualify. Students who complete the course also will qualify for additional scholarships covering the cost of tuition, books and supplies for one of the several programs at CCC&TI: industrial maintenance, industrial systems in machining, industrial systems in mechatronics, mechanical engineering, and welding.


To register or for more information, call 828-726-2242 or visit www.cccti.edu/impact.


Reporter Kara Fohner can be reached at 828-610-8721.

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