DSC Awarded $3.7 Mill Grant For Manufacturing And IT Training Programs

By on July 6, 2016 in WNDB News


Daytona Beach, FL – Daytona State College has been awarded a 4-year, $3.7 million TechHire Partnership grant from the US Department of Labor (DOL).

The Florida East Coast TechHire consortium is a partnership between DSC, Florida State College at Jacksonville, Eastern Florida State College, the Volusia Manufacturers Association, CareerSource Flagler/Volusia, and workforce development boards and employers across the region’s nine counties. The goal of the consortium is to provide training in manufacturing and information technology-related fields to young adults, long-term unemployed, and workers who want to improve themselves.

“Through this grant, we are proud to lead an initiative that can have a real impact on the economic vitality of our entire region, raising earning potential and quality of life for residents,” said DSC President Dr. Tom LoBasso. “Our state colleges have long had a unique ability to quickly respond to industry needs with employer-driven training programs leading to industry-prized credentials that enhance worker skills and productivity.”

Dr. Mary Bruno, Associate VP for DSC’s College of Workforce, says DSC, and each member institution of the Florida East Coast TechHire consortium, will offer training for jobs on the Regional Demand Occupations List published by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity.

Bruno also said DSC will hold short-term “TechHire Boot Camps” in advanced manufacturing and IT through the college’s Center for Business & Industry. “These are programs that address the top needs of our region’s manufacturing partners, and number 1 is a need for qualified industrial machine mechanics,” said Bruno. “What’s happening in the industry, as equipment becomes more computerized and technologically advanced, means workers must advance their skills to keep the new equipment operating and maintained.”

Credentialing programs offered through the grant include:
– Certified Production Technician (CPT)
– National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS) certification
– Industrial Machinery Maintenance
– Additive Manufacturing Certificate
– Logistics Certification
– AutoCAD User Certification
– Certified SolidWorks Associate Designation
– CompTIA A+, Linux +, Security +, and Network +/ MCP/ MOS/ Microsoft MCSA Certification
– Certified Network Associate/ and CCNA Certification

According to Bruno, the program will be up and running by the Fall semester.

To see the Regional Demand Occupations List, published by the FL Department of Economic Opportunity, click here.

To learn more about the TechHire initiative, go here.

Copyright Southern Stone Communications 2016.


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