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  1. Engaging Employers:A Five Day Path to Employment Kathy Jo VanderLaan, CBSP Business Services Manager, Central Area Michigan Works! Association kathyv@8cap.org Susan Hatto, CBSP Dean of Community & Workforce Education, Montcalm Community College susanh@montcalm.edu

  2. The Problem Employers hiring and unable to find workers. Skill gap in current workforce. Long term unemployed seeking employment.

  3. Inspiration Ready Now ThumbWorks! Program

  4. Company Input What skills are important? Where are the largest skill gaps? What are you looking for (e.g. skills, abilities, etc.) when hiring?

  5. Company Commitment Companies committed to assist in the following areas: • Curriculum Development • Instruction • Employer Panel • Interviews • Hiring

  6. Curriculum MCC and the companies worked together to design curriculum to meet entry level skill needs. • Blueprint Reading • Industrial Safety • Industrial Math: Foundational Principles • Industrial Math: Practical Use • Machining Operations • Manufacturing Measurement Tools

  7. Instruction • Companies provided instructors for the courses. • If an instructor was not identified by the companies involved, then MCC provided a qualified instructor. • MCC assisted instructors with curriculum/classroom material. • MCC assisted instructors with the creation of an outcome assessment to measure learning.

  8. Employer Panel • Companies participating in the program committed to participate in the employer panel. • The employers shared what skills (including soft skills) were important for employment at their organization. • Served as an introduction for the program.

  9. Interviews • Participating companies agreed to interview participants that completed the program. • Michigan Works! identified program participants that best matched the skills/abilities that the company was seeking. • Applicants screened for OJT eligibility.

  10. Hiring Participating companies agreed that if a participant met their hiring requirements that they may hire to fill their employment needs.

  11. Five Day Path to Employment Manufacturing training taught by manufacturing businesses… with a potential job upon completion! PURPOSE: A Manufacturi ng Principles Course taught in 4 days – providing specialty training. The 5 th day will be int erviews by employers of those teaching the sessions , and who have current job openings . Each participant who successfully completes each section will receive a certificate from Montcalm Community College ( MCC), recognized by Manufacturing E mployers. The certificate will include all base learning areas covered by each component. LOCATION/TIME 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Lunch provided) Each attendee will also receive a $25 gas card Ionia Michigan Works! Service Center – 307 W. Adams St., Ionia COST The total cost for the 5 days is $25. Scholarships are a vailable for eligible applicants. Lunch will be provided FREE each day (45 minutes time allotted) SEATS AVAILABLE/CERTIFICATE ISSUED UPON COMPLETION Only twenty (20) sea ts are available. Candidates completing all four Manufacturing Principles Course Components will receive a MCC Certificate. MORE INFORMATION/REGISTRATION For more information, contact your local Michigan Works! Service Center: IONIA : 307 W. Adams St. 616 - 527 - 1360 - OR - MONTCALM : 114 S. G reenville West Dr. 616 - 754 - 3611 th Monday, January 13 – Confirm attendance at APEC Wednesday 9 :00 - 10 :00 a.m. E MPLOYER PANEL – Matcor , Ventra, and Cargill 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Employability Skill Building - Michigan Works! Workshop 12 :00 – 1 :00 p.m. Lunch (provided) 1 :00 – 4 :00 p.m. Industrial Saf ety - VENTRA (Steve Stancil) Tuesday, January 14th 9 :00 a.m. – 12 :00 p.m. Industrial M ath: Foundational Principles – Montcalm Community College 12 :00 – 1 :00 p.m. Lunch (provided) 1 :00 – 4 :00 p.m. Industrial M ath: Pr actical Use – VENTRA (Russ Morgan ) Wed nesday , January 15th 9 :00 a.m. – 12 :00 p.m. Blueprint Reading & Usage - CARGILL (Andrew Gillott) 12 :00 – 1 :00 p.m. Lunch (provided) 1 :00 – 4 :00 p.m. Mfg. Measurement Tools (MCC – Allen Demorest) , with field trip to APEC in Lake Odessa Thursday, January 16th 9 :00 a.m. – 12 :00 p.m. Machining Operations – MCC (Chuck Clise) 12 :00 – 1 :00 p.m. Lunch (provided) 1 :00 - 4 :00 p.m . Resume Building, Q&A , & Interview Prep. - Michigan Works! th FRI DAY , January 1 7 INTERVIEWS (As scheduled) All participants/ Employers COORDINATED BY: Program Flyer

  12. Manufacturing Principles Certificate Certificates were issued to participants who successful completed (including outcome assessment): • Blueprint Reading & Usage • Industrial Math: Foundational Principles & Practical Use • Industrial Safety • Machining Operations • Manufacturing Measurement Tools

  13. Partnerships Michigan Works! provided instruction in: • Employability Skill Building • Resume Building • Interview Skills & Preparation MCC provided: • Instructors • Lunch EightCAP Community Services & Meijer provided gas vouchers/gas cards

  14. Results After 3 months… • Montcalm – 76% employed • Ionia – 67% Employed

  15. The Future Five Day Path to Success • MCC’s Director of Student and Community Outreach will share MCC recruitment information, including financial aid. • MCC will have all participants complete an MCC application. • MCC will COMPASS test all participants.

  16. All Future Students Will Leave With… • Manufacturing or Finance/Customer Service Principles Course • Updated Resume • Improved Interview Skills • Interview Appointments • MCC Information. They will be an accepted student and have completed entrance testing.

  17. The Future Expanding the program to other employment areas. • Finance/Customer Service • Responding to local bank hiring needs. • Curriculum has been defined: • Basic Math Skills (Cash Handling) • Basic Computer (Excel) • Cross/Up Selling & Business Ethics • Customer Service • Security/Work Safety