Program to Set Up Workers For Next Age

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Stant is headquartered in Connersville. Stant is headquartered in Connersville.

The head of the eastern Indiana-focused Alliance for Strategic Growth Inc. says a new collaboration "sets a standard" for work force training for manufacturers in the region. The New Industrial Manufacturing Technician Registered Apprenticeship Program is being offered by Connersville-based Stant USA Corp. to boost the skills of its workers through a partnership with Ivy Tech Community College. The alliance is providing funding and says Stant is the first company in the state to enroll apprentices in the program.

Alliance Chief Executive Officer Mike Row says setting up ways for workers to skill-up in manufacturing-heavy regions like his that were hit hard by the economic downturn is "incredibly important."

Row says we've entered a new age for the manufacturing sector. "The world changed drastically as we all know many decades ago. We've gone from an Industrial Age economy into the Information Age and now we're in the Additive Manufacturing Age," he says, which requires more training than ever before. "It's a combination of advanced manufacturing, with some potential 3D printing, 3D design, and other components."

The program is a component of the U.S. Department of Labor's American Apprenticeship Initiative. The alliance says those who complete the program will be recognized journey workers.

Alliance for Strategic Growth Inc. Chief Executive Officer Mike Row says setting up ways for workers to skill-up in manufacturing-heavy regions like his that were hit hard by the economic downturn is "incredibly important."
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