January 28, 2013

Manufacturers Roundtable to Focus on Hiring, Training Welders

Front Range Community College, the Northern Colorado Economic Development Corporation (NCEDC), and the Longmont Area Economic Council (LAEC) are beginning sponsorship of quarterly roundtable discussions and presentations for manufacturers in Northern Colorado.

The first roundtable will focus on the lack of skilled welders in the workforce and the future of welder training in northern Colorado. EWI Institute and RealWeld Systems Inc. will give a presentation on RealWeld’s patent-pending motion capture technology to analyze and score welding techniques with the arc welder on or practice welding with the arc welder off.

EWI, located in Columbus, Ohio, is a nationally recognized model for providing technology resources for commercializing and implementing manufacturing technologies.

This breakfast roundtable is scheduled for 7:30 to 9 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, at FRCC’s Boulder County Campus in Longmont. It will take place in the Community Room of the Classroom Building, 2121 Miller Drive, Longmont. Enter the building through door C4.

“We want to bring manufacturers together to discuss workforce needs and technology needs,” said Lynn Vosler, director of FRCC’s Workforce Development division. Earlier this year, Workforce Development opened a non-credit precision machining program as a response to manufacturers in northern Colorado finding a lack of skilled machinists to hire.

NCEDC Logo jpg format WaltKelly“Manufacturing is a key driver of the economy,” said Walt Elish, president of NCEDC. “One challenge manufacturing faces is finding skilled labor to expand and grow. These roundtables will be a way to hear about the needs of manufacturers and start to develop some solutions.”

LAEC3CLRCropped“The growth we have seen in manufacturing reverses the long term trend of decline,” said John Cody, president and CEO of the LAEC. “Boulder County has manufacturing employment that is nearly double the state’s average. Its importance to our economy cannot be overstated. These sessions will give us input form the ‘horse’s mouth,’ and that’s exactly what we want to hear – what manufacturing companies need to be more successful.”

RSVP by Feb. 4 to the NCEDC at (970) 667-0905 or ahoffman@ncedc.com.

ResourceMFG®, a manufacturing staffing firm,is sponsoring breakfast.

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About Front Range Community College

FRCC offers nearly 100 degree and certificate programs from locations in Boulder County, Larimer County, Westminster, and Brighton, and online.

FRCC is a member of the Colorado Community College System, the state’s largest system of higher education. CCCS serves more than 162,000 students annually. The system oversees career and academic programs in the 13 state community colleges and career and technical programs in more than 160 school districts and six other post-secondary institutions.

About the author:

John Feeley is director of public relations at Front Range Community College. He’s a somewhat-frequent bicycle commuter, a certified soccer referee, and a newspaper editor whose subscription ran out.

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