State Board for Community and Technical Colleges
1300 Quince Street | P.O. Box 42495 | Olympia, WA 98504-2495
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — Sept. 24, 2015
Contact: Laura McDowell, 360-704-4310, email@example.com
State Board awards job training grants for local businesses
OLYMPIA, Wash. — The State Board for Community and Technical Colleges has awarded $1.2 million in matching grants for customized employee training programs at local businesses. The grants were awarded through the Job Skills Training Program, a dollar-for-dollar matching grant program. Community and technical colleges deliver training to new or current employees at the work site or in a classroom. Businesses contribute at least 50 percent of training expenses through cash, in-kind payments or a combination of both.
Aerojet Rocketdyne, through Cascadia College — $217,626 for training to improve efficiency in multiple areas including engineering, assembly and supply chain management. Aerojet Rocketdyne in Redmond manufactures small liquid engines and develops liquid propulsion systems.
Bellmont Cabinets, through Green River College — $88,700 to train employees in Lean management principles and supervisory skills. Bellmont Cabinets is a manufacturer and wholesaler of cabinetry.
BodyPoint, through South Seattle College — $108,913 for training in quality-control compliance standards, computer skills, English as a Second Language, and measurement and blueprint reading. BodyPoint manufactures posture-supporting devices for wheelchairs.
Cascade Gasket, through Green River College and IMPACT Washington — $63,000 to develop a training program in the Training Within Industry (TWI) model, an approach aimed at improving employee problem-solving and productivity. Training will also be provided in drafting, geometric dimensioning and tolerancing, customer service, Microsoft Excel, project management and supervisory skills. Cascade Gasket specializes in nonmetallic seal, gasket and clamp block parts for the aerospace industry.
EKOS Corporation, through Green River College — $89,700 for Six Sigma training, which seeks to improve efficiency and manufacturing capabilities. EKOS Corporation pioneered the development and clinical application of ultrasound infusion technologies in medicine, used for the treatment of vascular thrombosis.
Genie-Terex, through Cascadia College — $150,780 for training in project management, geometric dimensioning and tolerancing, and English as a Second Language for manufacturing. Genie-Terex manufactures small portable material lifts, including work lifts and platforms.
Himalayan Dog Chew, through Green River College and Everett Community College — $49,500 for Six Sigma training to improve efficiency and manufacturing capabilities. Training will also be provided in supervisory skills, statistics, project management and English as a Second Language.
Northwest Hospital and Medical Center, through South Seattle College — $28,181 for training that integrates English as a Second Language with computer training.
Northwest Motor Service, through Lower Columbia College — $55,000 for Lean training to prepare for a business expansion. Northwest Motor Service provides motor, pump and generator service and repair.
Six Sigma Consortium, through Green River College and the ETI Group — $52,800 for five companies to provide Six Sigma training and related training in Microsoft Excel. Six Sigma training is designed to improve efficiency and manufacturing capabilities. The five companies are: A&G Machine, Inc. (aerospace supplier), Graphic Packaging International (paperboard packaging), Schwartz Brothers Restaurants, Starbucks Coffee, and Toray Composites (composites manufacturing).
Spectralux, through Cascadia College — $60,504 for Six Sigma training, designed to improve efficiency and manufacturing capabilities. Training will also be provided in English as a Second Language for manufacturing, statistics and project management. Spectralux manufactures flight deck electronics and data communications for airplane manufacturers.
Samaritan Healthcare, through Big Bend Community College — $140,541 for a comprehensive training program for 472 full and part-time employees. The training will include nursing skills, patient safety, honoring end-of-life choices, Lean management principles and leadership topics.
T&A Supply Company, through Green River College — $84,900 to train employees in Lean value stream mapping, a management technique aimed at reducing waste as goods move through production. Training will also be provided in Microsoft Excel and Outlook, workplace Spanish and for forklift certification. T&A Supply Company markets and distributes flooring and floor installation accessories to dealers, lumber yards, home improvement retailers, designers and other customers.
Links within this release
- State Board for Community and Technical Colleges: http://sbctc.edu
- Laura McDowell: firstname.lastname@example.org