East Carolina University and Partners Announce New Industry Training Course for Veterans

Greenville, N.C. (July 2, 2013) — As part of Operation Reentry North Carolina, a robust collaboration between East Carolina University, Pitt Community College, and the City of Greenville, a new and valuable training course entitled Tools for Advanced Manufacturing for Veterans will be piloted July 29 through August 9. The two-week course will address the needs of both veterans entering civilian life and local manufacturers seeking technically-skilled, leadership-oriented employees for advanced manufacturing environments.

For the participants, the course will

  • Assess preparation for current jobs requirements through the ACT WorkKeys Program;
  • Help transfer technical expertise, leadership and other soft skills to manufacturing settings;
  • Provide hands-on opportunities to explore equipment and techniques used in local industry;
  • Deliver lean, safety and innovation training valued in today’s workplace; and
  • Introduce key local industry leaders.

Participants may earn three national credentials: National Career Readiness Certificate; Lean/6 Sigma white belt from ECU; and an OSHA 30 card from OSHA.  Classes will be held at Pitt Community College, ECU, Greenville City Hall and at DSM.

“The goals of this high-impact, targeted training are to capitalize on veteran’s knowledge and experience, positioning them to ‘hit the ground running’ at local advanced manufacturers, and to facilitate their successful reintegration,” said Ruthann Cage, director of Industry and Economic Development in ECU’s Office of Innovation and Economic Development.

Throughout the program, veterans determine their preparedness for civilian job requirements through use of the ACT WorkKeys Assessments. They have full access to an on-line class that offers both soft skill and core skill development, and also to community college counselors to help explore options for furthering skill development or formal education.  The program will measure its success by the veterans’ obtaining national credentials, engaging with local manufacturing firms or advancing toward further education.  Further, employee and employer satisfaction will be assessed.

Local companies will host classes, sponsor lunches, and conduct “speed interviews” to introduce companies and prospective workers.  The City of Greenville will provide recreation passes between July 28th and August 3rd for the veterans and their families and is ascertaining needed lodging options for veterans and their families from local military bases during that time.

“This program is a great way to educate and train these already capable veterans while introducing them and their families to Greenville and its diverse opportunities and services, ” said Carl Rees, Economic Development Officer for the City of Greenville. 

As a workforce development initiative within Operation Reentry North Carolina, the veterans' registration costs are supported by ECU's Champions of Freedom Fund.  Current participating local advanced manufacturing firms include ASMO-NA, Attends Healthcare Products, DSM, Mestek, Inc., NAACO Materials Handling Group, and PCS Phosphate.

Veterans may register at no charge by calling Jerry Jones, Pitt Community College, 252-493-7584.

To participate or for more information about Tools for Advanced Manufacturing for Veterans, contact Ruthann Cage, director of Industry and Economic Development, ECU Office of Innovation and Economic Development, at 252-737-1343 or .


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