Local Workers Take Advantage of SCF’s Advanced Manufacturing Training
(Bradenton, Fla., January 18, 2012) — The first employees to complete a training program offered by State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) through the Engineering Technology and Advanced Manufacturing (ETAM) grant project were recognized at a recent event held at Teak Decking’s Sarasota headquarters.
The seven TeakDecking Systems employees were among 42 participants that have enrolled in an 80-hour technology-based course designed to provide instruction in advanced manufacturing content including workplace essentials, safety, production, processes, maintenance, and quality awareness.
In an articulation agreement that is the first of its kind in Florida, participants that complete training and pass required examinations receive a nationally recognized Manufacturing Skills Standards Council (MSSC) Certified Production Technician (CPT) certificate that can be used to obtain 15 credit hours toward an Associate in Science degree in Engineering Technology at SCF. Since the inception of this articulation agreement, the Florida Department of Education has approved more than 100 similar industry certification articulation agreements.
Funded by the U.S. Department of Labor, the program gives local entry-level workers the opportunity to develop their knowledge and skills and earn certifications and college credits to expand future career opportunities.
The manufacturing industry is emerging from the economic downturn as a leader in high-wage, high-growth jobs. A renewed emphasis on manufacturing education recognizes that the industry requires highly skilled employees to operate modern, clean production facilities equipped with advanced technology.
Peter Straw, executive director of Sarasota Manatee Manufacturers
Association, Mike Havey, TeakDecking Systems director of quality
assurance/employee development, Lars Lewander, owner of
TeakDecking Systems, and Glenn Goonis, SCF manufacturing
education grants coordinator and ETAM project manager.
TeakDecking Systems employees Aaron Kennedy, Chad Czilli,
Brad Meilink, Lars Lewander, owner TeakDecking Systems;
(back row) Tony Calleja, Tom Moen, Nick Cole, Todd Sharp