Business was going
well for Canby manufacturer JV Northwest (JVNW). So well, in fact, the company
couldn’t find enough trained welding fabricators to meet the demand. Customized
Training and Development Services at Clackamas Community College proposed a
solution: provide the training to qualified recruits on site.
CCC and JVNW
recruited an initial cohort of 10 to participate in the entry-level welding
technician program. CCC welding instructors provided formal training to the
recruits at the JVNW site in Canby and certified the in-house trainer as an
instructor. Students in the program spent 20 hours a week receiving formal
training and 20 hours a week in on-the-job projects.
The recruits completed
21 credit hours, leading to an entry level welding certificate. They studied
welder’s print reading, industrial safety, welding certification and welding
fabrication. The goal of the training is to prepare the students to pass a
welding certification test. Students were supported throughout the process by
Tom Brown and Bill Erb, training and employment specialists in the college’s
Workforce Services Department.
“This was a win on
many levels,” said Robert Bitter, project manager for CCC’s Customized Training
Department. “All the participants were unemployed. Now they are working in
family wage jobs and meeting the needs of the employer.”
JV Northwest is a
32-year-old Canby business that manufactures stainless steel tanks, pressure
vessels and mixers for the food, beverage, pharmaceutical and chemical
industries. The company operates 20 hours a day and employs more than 140
people. Production wages range from $10 to more than $26 an hour.
ceremony for the first cohort was held in early March at the JV Northwest
facility. A second cohort in the program will finish their training on June 3.
Bitter said that CCC Customized Training may share the model with other
Funding for the
training came from three sources: Workforce Development Services and the
Credential Acceleration and Support for Employment (CASE) grant at CCC, and
from JV Northwest. The parties entered into a formal memorandum of
understanding before the training began.
information, please call Robert Bitter at 503-594-3190 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.