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Machining Training Available to Help Workers Prepare for High-Demand Jobs, Orientation March 21 in Traverse City


A "Just in Time" training program organized by the Northwest Michigan Council of Governments (NWMCOG) will give people an opportunity to receive training in the fundamentals of machine operation, a technical skill in high demand by local employers. The Basic Machining Training is being offered through Northwestern Michigan College (NMC). A mandatory orientation session for the training will be held Thursday, March 21, at 2:00 p.m. at the Traverse City Michigan Works! Service Center, 1209 South Garfield.
The "Just in Time" training has a value of over $1500, but if you've been laid off, are unemployed or underemployed, you may be eligible for a full-ride scholarship through Northwest Michigan Works!.
Anyone interested in the training can reserve a spot at the mandatory orientation session and see if they're eligible to receive the training at no cost by calling Anita at the Traverse City Michigan Works Service Center, 231-922-3747.
The program will include hands-on and classroom training at the NMC Machine Tool Lab. The training will be held from 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. two evenings a week for seven weeks beginning April 22.
Manufacturing employers in the Northern Michigan region are seeking to hire entry level machinists for positions that range from $10 - $12 per hour. Most manufacturing employers also provide health and retirement benefits. The Basic Machining Training will prepare workers to obtain these jobs and give participants a start down the career path to becoming CNC machinists with opportunities to earn
$15 - $25 per hour.
"Just in Time" training is a newer, flexible training package offered through Northwest Michigan Works! The program offers short-term, intensive occupational training opportunities to unemployed and underemployed adults. Each “Just in Time” training session is designed to meet the immediate hiring needs of local employers; the curriculum is uniquely targeted to teach the most in-demand skills.


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