The Texas Workforce Commission has awarded a Skills Development Fund grant of $373,985 to Brookhaven College in partnership with Stanley Black & Decker, Inc., Alexandria Acquisition Company, LLC, and Applegate EDM, Inc.
With the grant the college will partner with the three manufacturers to train 45 new employees and upgrade the skills of 285 current workers. The training will prepare personnel for positions as computer numerical controlled tool operators, maintenance and repair workers, first line supervisor of production workers, and metal and plastic workers.
In a joint effort with the manufacturing consortium members, Brookhaven College developed a comprehensive training program, which utilizes curricula from Brookhaven College and contains both publicly designed and customized classes that will meet the training needs of the consortium members. By incorporating key courses such as the 5s in the workplace, blueprint reading, lathe operations, programmable logic controllers and quality practices, and measurement into the training plan, the project will evaluate employees’ skills in manufacturing operations.
By supplying employees with the skills and knowledge to manufacture and distribute first-class, quality products, they will be become more competitive and better able to move up within their respective companies.