ECC Seeks Industry Involvement

East Central College is seeking input from plant managers and maintenance supervisors from industries as the college focuses on building training programs that will meet the needs of area manufacturers.

An interactive session is scheduled for Friday morning, April 19, which will focus on educating manufacturers about the $1.1 million Missouri Manufacturing WINs grant awarded to ECC last fall.

“The grant is administered by the U.S. Department of Labor,” said Gretchen Pettet, executive director of ECC’s Center for Workforce Development. “One of the top priorities of the Labor Department is that our programs incorporate the critical technical skills that are most needed. For our area that includes developing and tweaking our programs in industrial engineering technology, precision machining and welding that are located at Four Rivers Career Center in Washington. Clearly, industry involvement is critical in this process.”

The Quality Coach will facilitate the session, scheduled from 7:30 to 11 a.m. at the Washington School District’s Technology and Learning Center. A continental breakfast will be available beginning at 7 a.m.

“People who attend will learn about the opportunities available through the grant to retrain current employees or better train their applicant pool,” Pettet said. “We expect this to be the beginning of an ongoing collaborative relationship.”

Pettet said that ECC will be required to offer online learning, enhance career pathway options for learners and workers, and accelerate and improve certification and employment attainment.

Some people may be eligible for funds to cover the cost of their education.

“Through MoManufacturingWINs, students will earn skill certificates that are recognized and endorsed by the National Association of Manufacturers,” Pettet said.

Representatives from area industries interested in attending should reserve a seat before noon April 12 by calling 636-239-0598 or emailing:

ECC is one of nine colleges in Missouri to receive grant funding.