by jamesc 8/11/2014 11:10:03 AM --
WISNER – Northeast Community College has been awarded a $25,000 grant that will assist in its on-going efforts in developing a unique curriculum related to workforce training needs. The funds will be used to support implementation of Northeast’s Manufacturing Bootcamp, which is currently being piloted in Cuming County and the surrounding area.
The Federal Home Loan Bank, of which Citizens State Bank is a member, has awarded the grant through its Joint Opportunities for Building Success (JOBS) Program. The program is designed to help financial institutions in Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, and Oklahoma to promote jobs and economic growth in their communities.
The JOBS Grant Program awarded nearly $1 million in JOBS funding in 2014 and serves more than 790 members throughout Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska and Oklahoma. The grant from the Federal Home Loan Bank in Topeka, KS, became available to Northeast Community College through an application process at Citizens State Bank, which has locations in Belden, Creston, Friend, Laurel, Leigh, Spalding, West Point, and Wisner.
Northeast’s Center for Enterprise (CFE) has partnered with area high schools, economic development officials, and businesses in order to create the Manufacturing Bootcamp to help address a middle-skilled workforce gap.
“We have heard from a number of manufacturers in our 20 county service area that they need employees with basic workforce readiness, customer service and safety skills, as well as information about evolving manufacturing career pathways that are necessary in today’s workplace,” said Eric Johnson, associate vice president of the CFE. “This middle‑skilled training gap is being bridged in Cuming County and the surrounding area by jointly fusing customized training solutions, foundation scholarship funding, and strong connections between the students and area manufacturers.”
The unique piece of the Bootcamp is that students who complete the non-credit experience can bridge that programming into Northeast’s new credit Diversified Manufacturing Technology Certificate. The Certificate will prepare students to earn a Manufacturing Generalist Certificate from the Manufacturing Skills Council, which is recognized at the state and national levels.
Dr. Michael Chipps, Northeast president, said the grant will assist in filling a critical need for skilled workers. “The Manufacturing Bootcamp is yet another innovative venture for Northeast Community College and it will have a significant positive impact on individuals and communities. We greatly appreciate the Federal Home Loan Bank in providing this funding that will assist with meeting the workforce development needs in the College’s 20 county service area.”
Steven Ausdemore (center), president of Citizens State Bank in Wisner, presents a $25,000 check to
Dr. Michael Chipps, president of Northeast Community College, and Dr. Tracy Kruse, associate vice president of development and external affairs at Northeast. The funds come from the Federal Home Loan (FHL) Bank, of which Citizens State Bank is a member, through FHL’s Joint Opportunities for Building Success (JOBS) Program. Northeast will use the grant dollars to support implementation of its Manufacturing Bootcamp, which is currently being piloted in Cuming County and the surrounding area. The bootcamp will address a middle-skilled workforce gap.