Under Secretary Solis’s guidance, we have been challenged to re-connect youth and disadvantaged populations to the workforce through multiple career pathways. I had an opportunity to attend two events that show real potential for some strategic partnerships to help address some parts of this challenge: (1) a briefing series on Community Colleges at the Department of Education, and (2) a symposium on Capital Hill highlighting the results of four TRIO programs (Upward Bound, Talent Search, Upward Bound – Math/Science, and Student Support Services).
During the briefing at the Department of Education, Diane Troyer from Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation talked about a post secondary initiative she is leading for the Foundation. The more she talked about the need for low income students to obtain affordable credentials that have value in the workplace, are portable, with opportunities to earn and lean, the more I thought about the tremendous partnership opportunities for the Registered Apprenticeship community.
Likewise, the TRIO programs provide support to a pipeline of low income and 1st generation college students that are eager for opportunities that will help prepare them to better their lives through education, and skill attainment.
Although, the ultimate goal for TRIO programs are for students to obtain Bachelorette degrees, the role of the Community College in the students overall success was acknowledged and supported. So why not encourage these students to obtain high school diplomas, Associates Degrees in conjunction with Registered Apprenticeship programs as well as Bachelorette and Master’s degrees?
The more we partner strategically, the more we position ourselves to provide youth and disadvantaged populations with a wealth of opportunities that provide them the with the education, credentialing and work skills necessary to truly boost our economy and maintain our future economic vitality.
U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Apprenticeship
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Eaton Hydraulics Registered Apprenticeship Program: A competency based model for precision manufacturing
Eaton Hydraulics Registered Apprenticeship Program:
A competency based model for precision manufacturing
The Eaton Hydraulics registered apprenticeship program in
The program was developed by Eaton in cooperation with the Minnesota Office of Apprenticeship with technical assistance from the U.S. Department of Labor and approval of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. In all three programs, competencies are measured and tracked against NIMS national standards and the apprentices earn NIMS credentials as performance measures. The program is overseen by the Joint Committee comprised of management and union representatives and key employees from each of the three apprenticeship areas.
Eaton’s registered apprenticeship has resulted in several firsts. Dan Follmer became the nation’s first NIMS Certified Machine Tool Maintenance Technician and Goum Tham became the first NIMS Certified Tool and Die Maker. Eaton’s Training Director Ron Krueger became one of the first to be certified under the newly developed NIMS certification for company training coordinators. On Wednesday, May 27, at ceremonies at Eaton, the program will be awarded NIMS National Accreditation, the first industry program to achieve that distinction in
Eaton’s Krueger noted that the program “has made a difference for employees to better understand their positions and their jobs and allows them to better understand not only what they do but how and why and the goals they are trying to attain.”