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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.


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


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 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 to get started.


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