Reston, Va.(PMMI, February 14, 2014): In his 2014 State of the Union address, President Barack Obama described how to ensure Americans have the skills they need to fill the country's open manufacturing jobs.
"... We have to make sure every American has the skills to fill [available job openings]. That means more on-the-job training and more apprenticeships ... It means connecting companies to community colleges that can help design training to fill their specific needs," he told Congress.
In northwestern Indiana, educators at Purdue University Calumet are making the corporate-collegiate connection and implementing a $2.74 million U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) Grant. The grant, which supports training for displaced workers, requires participants to earn a nationally-recognized credential, and Purdue University Calumet has chosen PMMI's Mechatronics Certificates for similar credentials.
Niaz Latif, Ph.D., dean of the College of Technology, Purdue University Calumet, notes the college's strong connections to leaders in packaging and processing — particularly the industries' original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). As Principal Investigator for the TAACCCT grant, Latif sees PMMI's Mechatronics Certificate program as the clear choice for a credential.
"PMMI's certificates in the mechanical, electrical and controls areas are recognized by the DOL and are directly related to the occupations of industrial machinery mechanics and mechatronics technicians," Latif says.