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InTech & Cal Steel show Apprenticeships can be golden gem of workforce development

Posted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on Jan. 14, 2019

Site Selection Magazine wrote a great piece this week on the tremendous success of the InTech center, and how the training partnership between California Steel and Chaffey College in Riverside is literaly re-writing how apprenticeships can provide both aligned talent to local manufacturers and rewarding opportunites to students. See below and hit the link for full article on Site Selection Magazine.


MASTERS of APPRENTICESHIP

San Bernardino County companies and institutions show the rest of the world how a regional approach works best for upskilling and growing the workforce.

by ADAM BRUNS 

The Industrial Technical Learning Center (InTech) at Chaffey College in Fontana, California, is the kind of place where individual dreams and company goals can both be realized. Launched in 2014 with a $14.9-million TAACCCT [Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training] grant, and with backing from companies and the region's 12 community colleges, the center is blazing new trails.

"The InTech partnership between California Steel and Chaffey College is an exemplary Apprenticeship model that aligns academic learning with hands-on, practical on-the-job learning," says Gino DiCaro, vice president of communications for the California Manufacturers & Technology Association. "Employers and community colleges up and down the state can learn from this highly successful apprenticeship program."

They can, and they should.

"The U.S manufacturing sector is advancing rapidly, and the pathways to developing and acquiring talent must change to keep pace," DiCaro says. "Secondary education must reflect current employment needs by offering a wider variety of training options for career choices, including apprenticeships that take the place of typical school programs for technical-style work."

Across-the-board buy-in is taking place in San Bernardino County in Southern California — with full support from the California Apprenticeship Initiative. The training option derives from innovation and necessity, considering the expected jobs growth. If the Inland Empire were a state, it would be the 40th largest by area and the 26th largest by population. Moreover, it's a region projected to add 157,860 jobs between 2017 to 2022 — a 10-percent jump ... READ MORE ON SITE SELECTION MAGAZINE





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CMTA's 2019 magazine rings in the new year

Posted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on Jan. 7, 2019

We look back at 2018’s progress and challenges and forward to 2019’s tremendous potential with a new Governor and new momentum for California manufacturing. CMTA's new leader Lance Hastings is refocusing our efforts on ensuring that California’s environment supports the state's skilled workers and manufacturing investment growth, and he is also renewing CMTA's sense of urgency and service for our members. Don’t hesitate to call us for help (staff list).

Our annual California Manufacturers magazine just landed in mail boxes and it provides a good snapshot of all that is going on in CMTA's world, along with a theme that centers around the modern manufacturing supply chain.

We cover new laws and regulations being debated in Sacramento and help find ways for you to compete and win. We also profile companies that exemplify the best qualities of California manufacturers. Northrop Grumman’s long supply chain is even featured this year. You’ll also find statistics on the current state of California manufacturing, an article on the new Apprenticeship model for workforce development, and some highlights of NAM’s new online tool to find manufacturing suppliers - The Manufacturers Marketplace. And much more! You can use the links below to see articles online or you can check out the magazine you received in the mail.
 

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New CMTA President focusing on a promise of manufacturing

Posted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on Dec. 15, 2018

Last week the Orange County Register published new CMTA President Lance Hastings' inaugural op ed on his commitment to working toward the promise of new manufacturing opportunities in California. It's the first of many pieces that will seek to illuminate the ultra economic benefits of manufacturing, the challenges to new manufacturing investment in California, and CMTA's solutions and ideas to turn the state's long held dream into a promise. 

Make California's Dream a Promise

By Lance Hastings in the OC Register -- December 14, 2018

California has always evoked dreams of new adventures and opportunities that couldn’t be found elsewhere. Those of us who are lucky enough to call it our home hold on to the dream of a wonderful future that only the Golden State can provide.

Many of the hallmarks that attracted millions of people are still present: fantastic climate, beautiful Pacific shores and majestic mountains. Early settlers flocked to the state in pursuit of gold and a new, prosperous future. Hollywood and the movie industry shared an elegance that was the envy of the world. In the 1980’s and 90’s aerospace and high tech manufacturing were plentiful and grew at record paces, providing much of the middle class with home ownership and a college education for their kids.

Now in 2019, almost two centuries after California became a state, we continue to lead the country in innovation but the production of our own inventions is falling short. New clean and exciting manufacturing facilities are simply growing quicker elsewhere. California is still the largest manufacturing state in the country but this doesn’t tell the whole story. Los Angeles County in southern California for example lost 7 percent of its manufacturing core since 2010 while the rest of the country grew by more than 12 percent. That means more than 25,000 southern California middle class families lost out on the dream that manufacturing could have provided. ... READ MORE AT THE OC REGISTER





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An invitation to CMTA member companies

Posted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on Dec. 9, 2018

In 2018 CMTA partnered with CompanyWeek to profile Manufacturing Champions -- part of a growing archive of California profiles of manufacturing companies.

The stories of modern manufacturing and the rewarding and exciting career paths within the sector must be told, and they should be told through the lens of California's very best manufacturers and their workers.

We'd like to feature your company and your workers in 2019, so CMTA and CompanyWeek will pick up 100 percent of the costs for all CMTA members. Don’t miss this opportunity to showoff your operations, employees and products. CMTA members such as Jelly Belly and BWC have previously been profiled.

If you are interested, the steps are simple. We'll assign a writer to interview you, by phone, and send a photographer to your location.  If you are a CMTA member and would like to be profiled, please contact me at gdicaro@cmta.net or 916-498-3347. 





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CMTA approved for $1 million training contract

Posted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on Dec. 7, 2018

The big news this past Friday was that CMTA was approved by the California Employment Training Panel for a $1 million contract to train manufacturing workers throughout the State.

Manfacturers looking to modernize their workforce with new technical and emerging skills in 2019 should look no further than CMTA to take advantage of new funds for their training needs.

Employee training can range from a single eight-hour class to 200 hours of customized training, and it can be done onsite or in a classroom. Here's a document on how it works. Contact Rob Sanger at 916-498-3334 or rsanger@cmta.net to get started.

 





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