Workers finish CNC training

April 24th, 2014

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Workers finish CNC training

Posted: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 11:00 pm | Updated: 6:15 am, Thu Apr 24, 2014.

By Dennis Nartker

KENDALLVILLE — Thirteen employees from five Noble County companies were honored at an Impact Institute ceremony Tuesday night for completing Skill-Link training in Computer Numerical Control (CNC).

Skill-Link is a Northeast Indiana Works collaborative initiative that customizes certification-based training of incumbent workers to elevate their skills. Northeast Indiana Works contracted with Ivy Tech Corporate College to provide CNC training in Noble County, according to Rick Farrant, director of communications for Northeast Indiana Works.

Skill-Link programs, in conjunction with WorkOne Northeast, have been carried out in four counties for 18 employers and 52 employees.

“The Noble County Economic Development Corp. is excited about the success of this program, which was brought about by collaboration between a number of organizations,” said Rick Sherck, EDC executive director. “CNC training showed up as a critical need in our one-year employer survey.”

The Skill-Link program is of real benefit to both the employer and the worker, said Gary Gatman, Northeast Indiana Works executive vice president of strategic initiatives.

“The employer benefits because they get a highly trained worker who can provide critical functions within the organization,” Gatman said. “The worker benefits because they also typically see an increase in pay along with their increase in skills.”

Those honored were: Melinda Stackhouse, Brad Brandeberry, Andrew Fleck, Jeromie Bengs and Jordan Chapman of B & J Specialty in Albion; Susana Orduno, Kayley Ort and Steven Lill of Symmetry Medical Inc. of Avilla; Nhat Le, Josh Rigsby and Michael Godbey of Reliable Production Machining and Welding Inc. of Kendallville; Jeff Manier of Precision Medical Technologies Inc. of Rome City; and Ryan Cureton of Busche Workholding Inc. of Albion.

The honorees completed 200 hours of CNC training at Impact Institute, 1607 Dowling St., Kendallville. Ivy Tech provided training in both milling and lathe operations.

“Ivy Tech Northeast is pleased to be the training partner for Northeast Indiana Works and the Noble County Economic Development Corporation,” said Ivy Tech Community College Northeast Chancellor Jerrilee Mosier. “One of our core missions is to provide for a skilled and qualified workforce.”

Northeast Indiana Works provides public and private financial and employment resources to businesses and individuals for education and skills training to meet the needs of regional industries. The nonprofit sets policy for how public and private funds are utilized to support talent development.