PONTIAC DAILY LEADER
by Cynthia Grau
April 12. 2013 1:18PM
Board approves GLCEDC funds for skill training
Adam Dontz, chief executive officer of the Greater Livingston County Economic Development Council approached the Livingston County Board Thursday evening to request approval of granting funds for a program that will bring education to those interested in the manufacturing field.
The $42,900 requested had already been approved by the finance committee for the Manufacturing Skills Training Program, but had to be presented to the full board for a final vote. He said that the purpose of the GLCEDC is to attract new businesses to the area, but to also help businesses grow. He said in working with several local manufacturing businesses in Livingston County and the surrounding areas, he has learned of the importance of a job training program focused on manufacturing skills.
Dontz explained that has been working with Heartland Community College to create a 100-hour, six-week training program. Each class will have a maximum of 20 students, who not only have to meet specific requirements but also pass drug tests. After completing the course, the students are guaranteed an interview at all of the participating businesses. After being employed for 90 days, a portion of the tuition for the program will be reimbursed from the company back to the revolving education fund.
“The Livingston County Board demonstrated its continued support of creating jobs and spurring local investment by supporting a manufacturing skills training program spearheaded by the GLCEDC and the local manufacturing industry. The GLCEDC brought Livingston County’s manufacturing industry leaders together with Heartland Community College in an effort to enhance the skills of our local workforce. The program curriculum was created as Heartland’s deans sat alongside business leaders who expressed the skills that are needed in today’s sophisticated and computerized manufacturing environment,” he said. “(The time frame) from discussing the needs of Livingston County business leaders to the first class graduating will be approximately six months. This quick and results orientated action is what it takes to be competitive in today’s business climate and it’s exactly what Livingston County and the GLCEDC are capable of delivering.”
After several comments from board members in support of the measure, as well as a few worried about funding another program, the board voted approve the request, with only Carolyn Gerwin and Mark Runyon voting against it. Dontz said he was happy with the outcome.
If folks are interested in enrollment information for the class they should contact Sandy Erschen at the Pontiac Manpower Office at 815-844-5091.”