October 24, 2013
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Manufacturers to Seek Machinists at Career Fair Nov. 7 at FRCC

It’s no secret that one challenge that lies ahead for American manufacturers is a shortage of talented employees. Tom Gendron, chief executive officer of Woodward Inc. mentioned the challenge during a speech at the recent Colorado Advanced Manufacturing Alliance’s 2013 Manufacturing Summit in Loveland.

So more than a dozen Colorado companies, Woodward included, are coming to Front Range Community College Nov. 7 for a Machining Career Fair.

Students in FRCC’s non-credit Precision Machining Technology Program will meet with representatives from the companies from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Open networking for all job seekers interested in pursuing a position in machining will take place from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

Veterans looking for a new career are encouraged to come during the open networking portion of the fair because FRCC’s Precision Machining Technology Program recently became an approved program for VA benefits. It is the first non-credit program at FRCC to receive program approval. A representative from FRCC’s Veterans Services Office will attend the fair.

Information regarding future classes and schedules will be available at the fair.

The fair will be in the Community Room of the Classroom Building at the Boulder County Campus, 2121 Miller Drive, Longmont. Registration for the fair is available at www.frontrange.edu/machining.

Bill Gundry, a continuous improvement facilitator at Woodward, which is a Fort Collins-based company, said, “We realize we’ve got an aging workforce. We need a better pipeline to an educated workforce, and that’s what FRCC is providing.”

In addition to Woodward, other companies sending representatives include:

  • ROLINC Staffing
  • Lanx
  • Hirsh Precision Products
  • A.G. Machining
  • Custom Microwave Inc.
  • Frontier Metal Stamping
  • Epocs Manufacturing Inc.
  • PCS Ferguson
  • Precise Cast Prototypes & Engineering
  • Ron Grob Compamy
  • Venture Mfg. Co. Inc.
  • Employment Solutions
  • Specialty Products Company
  • Trelleborg Sealing Solutions
  • CBW Automation

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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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