Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Vigor Industrial, Community College Launching Industrial Training Center

Vigor Industrial is partnering with South Seattle Community College to launch an industrial training center this week at the Harbor Island shipyard in Seattle.

The Harbor Island Training Center, which opens with a ribbon cutting ceremony June 7, aims to serve maritime companies in the Puget Sound region by providing students with the industrial skills needed to get jobs with regional industrial manufacturers.

“There’s a disconnect between industry and a lot of talented, hardworking people in this country,” Sue Haley, Vigor’s senior vice president of human resources, explained. “People want to work and industry needs a highly skilled workforce. However, Vigor and other manufacturers can’t find enough workers with the right skills to fill good-paying jobs. This training center will bridge that disconnect by providing motivated local people with critical industrial skills.”

Under the partnership, Vigor provides the location, equipment and a real-world industrial workplace, Haley said, while the college’s welding and manufacturing programs bring expertise in skills training and instruction.

The training center includes a computer lab, classroom space and an industrial training floor with weld-booths and industrial machining equipment. The shipyard location is expected to allow students to experience how the facility works and learn from veteran workers.

The college, which will administer the program, says it worked closely with industry to design a curriculum that teaches marketable welding and fitting skills for maritime and other manufacturing industries.

“The training program will allow its graduates to obtain the skills that they need to contribute to this booming industry and will keep the Seattle maritime industry a key component of our local economy for many years to come,” South Seattle Community College President Gary Oertli said.

More information about the program is available at http://www.southseattle.edu/harbor-island-training-center/.