Workforce seminar to address shortage of skilled manufacturing professionals

StmWorkforceA growing shortage of skilled manufacturing professionals is one of the biggest threats facing America’s manufacturing industries.

There are simply not enough skilled welders, machinists, electricians and other trade professionals to meet employers’ demands, and the existing pool of skilled labor is graying rapidly. This pressing topic will be addressed during a special “Workforce Tools and Applications” seminar, Thursday, Oct. 10, 11:20 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Jet Edge, Inc., 12070 43rd Street N.E., St. Michael, Minn.

Hosted by the Wright County Economic Development Partnership and Central Minnesota Manufacturers Association in light of MN Manufacturing Month, the Workforce Tools and Applications Seminar will include a lunch/networking hour followed by informative presentations from St. Cloud Technical College, Central MN Jobs and Training Services followed by a manufacturer testimonial who has used the services of these agencies to improve its workforce readiness, and Enterprise MN. Participants are invited to tour Jet Edge following the seminar to see its latest waterjet cutting technology in action.

During the seminar, the presenters will discuss how Minnesota is addressing the call for a skilled manufacturing labor force and engaging youth in today’s industry. They also will discuss the characteristics of tomorrow’s workforce as well as what programs are available for businesses today.

Speakers include Bruce Peterson, Executive Dean of Academic Initiatives at St. Cloud Technical College; Tim Zipy, Workforce Development Advisor, Central MN Jobs and Training Services; Lila Kalla, Project Coordinator for Central MN Jobs and Training Services; Harry Larson, Business Growth Advisor, Enterprise MN.

Admission is $20 and includes lunch. Registration is required by Oct. 7. To register, contact Jeanene Strum, WCEDP at 763-477-3035 or jstrum@wrightpartnership.org. For more information, visit www.wrightpartnership.org/events.

The Work Force Development Seminar is sponsored by Wright County Economic Development Partnership, Central Minnesota Manufacturers Association and Jet Edge, Inc. with support from the Initiative Foundation and the City of St. Michael.

Schedule of Events: 11:20 a.m. sign in; 11:35 a.m. lunch/networking; noon -12:50 p.m. presentations; 12:50 to 1 p.m. Q&A; 1 p.m. Jet Edge Tour (optional, 20 minutes).

The Wright County Economic Development Partnership, commonly referred to as the WCEDP, is the primary point of contact for existing, start-up, and relocating businesses. We are the economic development arm of the County—a not for profit partnership of area businesses, communities, and the County working together to enhance the economic vitality of our region. WCEDP is governed by an active Board of Directors. For more information, visit www.wrightpartnership.org.

Established in 1984, Jet Edge is a global designer and manufacturer of waterjet systems for precision cutting, surface preparation and coating removal. Jet Edge systems are used around the world in a broad range of industries, from the world’s leading airlines to automotive, aerospace, industrial manufacturers, machine and job shops.

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