Gateway only state college in veteran manufacturing initiative

2014-03-06T06:33:00Z 2014-03-07T09:58:20Z Gateway only state college in veteran manufacturing initiativeMICHAEL BURKE Journal Times

Based on its manufacturing boot camps and adoption of nationally recognized standards, Gateway Technical College has been named Wisconsin’s only college involved in a national coalition of industry, educators and nonprofit organizations helping veterans discover careers in advanced manufacturing.

The Manufacturing Institute, a nonprofit affiliate of the National Association of Manufacturers, this week announced 50 colleges nationally participating in the Get Skills to Work Initiative.

Get Skills is a partnership among the Institute, GE, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Alcoa and more than 500 manufacturing companies. The coalition will work with the colleges to further expand accelerated training and certification opportunities for U.S. veterans in advanced manufacturing.

For Gateway, the word “accelerated” refers to the manufacturing boot camps it started years ago to compress a course into several weeks, college President and CEO Bryan Albrecht explained Wednesday. Gateway also gives veterans education credits for what they learned during their military service.

“At a time when the manufacturing industry has a well-documented skills gap, veterans represent an important pipeline of talented workers,” the Institute states. “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.”

Albrecht said the college was identified as a partner because of its

ongoing efforts in advanced-manufacturing education. The Institute encourages technical colleges to align their programs with specific manufacturing standards, which Gateway has done. That gives each graduate in those programs both a degree and a credential that he/she was in a certified program.

“Programs like this are in high demand throughout our community, and veterans are strong candidates for career success,” Albrecht said.

State funding

Gateway has also been tapping into state Fast Forward funding, round by round as it is released, Albrecht said, to provide additional boot camp training in areas including computer numerical control, robotics, maintenance technician, wastewater treatment plant operator, electrical technology, tool and die, and medical coding.

Another use of that funding has been to recruit, train and support veterans and help them with job placement. This school year, 541 different veterans have either taken classes or are enrolled in particular programs, Albrecht said.

Last fall the college announced that, for the third straight year, it was designated a Military Friendly School by Victory Media, a publisher of magazines for military personnel making the transition into civilian life. The list honors the top 20 percent of colleges and universities which are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans and their spouses to ensure their success as students.

“Gateway provides credit for prior learning, including skills mastered serving our nation,” Albrecht said. “Veterans earning credit for their training in the military can apply that credit to a degree and move faster into the workforce.”

Gateway was recently approved to hire veteran students for work study, he said.

The Get Skills to Work effort “acknowledges Gateway’s support services for veteran students,” Albrecht said. “The approval provides Veteran Affairs funding to support the work study program.”

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    No Comment - March 06, 2014 11:17 am
    Nice idea, except . . . there are very little manufacturing jobs available. They're all across the boarder or overseas.
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    ggodmuls - March 06, 2014 7:21 am
    Shhh... Don't wake Bryan, he's still dreaming of the 50's, just look at that dippity-do flattop. And fortunately, he's accountable to nobody, not even the Electorate. (as if that would make a difference in the criminal-run organization called The City of Racine)

    In many cases, this kind of production process allows for increased efficiency and around-the-clock performance. For example, MetalQuest Unlimited, who we featured on Monday, “utilizes unattended and “lights-out” manufacturing to operate our CNC Machine Centers and Lathes around the clock, every day of the work week.” Many of their production lines still use humans, but certain machinery allows unparalleled efficiency by operating lights-out.

    Look Bryan - NO HUMAN CNC MACHINE OPERATORS or PROGRAMMERS. It's all done my computer. No Obamacare, OSHA, or HR Dept.

    The Future of Factory Automation

    Automation is the name of the game when it comes to upping the efficiency quotient at Vanderhorst Brothers, Inc.

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