Fundamentals of Modern Manufacturing program 2015 graduation ceremony announcement

The Greater Livingston County Economic Development Council (GLCEDC) is announcing the graduation ceremony for the second Fundamentals of Modern Manufacturing Skills training program.

“The successful completion of this program marks the largest customized training program provided in Livingston County by Heartland Community College,” said Adam Dontz, CEO of the GLCEDC.

Fourteen students recently completed the 100-hour session developed by Heartland Community College (HCC) and the GLCEDC, with input from close to a dozen Livingston County companies. The public ceremony is scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday, April 11 in Pontiac’s Historic Livingston County Courthouse.

Susan Toher, Operations Manager at Caterpillar Pontiac and HCC Foundation Board member, is the commencement speaker.

The Fundaments of Modern Manufacturing Skills training program helps unemployed and under-employed residents of Livingston County upgrade their workforce readiness. After completing the course, graduates are guaranteed an interview at all of the participating businesses. Based on past results, placement rates are anticipated to exceed 90 percent.

Participating businesses include: Anthony LiftGates, Caterpillar, Exact Packaging, Hoffman Tool, Interlake Mecalus, Grundy, Kankakee, Livingston County Workforce Investment Board, Kerry Group, Manpower, Quanex, RKO Saw & Tool, Selig Sealants, Johnson Press of America, PTC Alliance, Slagel Manufacturing, and Technical Metals.

Classes begin approximately every six months, but could be more often depending on the amount of interested participants.

According to HCC Customized Training Coordinator, Austin Grammer, “This program provides adults with skills essential to Livingston County employers. The addition of these graduates to the workforce will be a definite boon to the local economy.”

Dontz first pitched the idea to the Livingston County Board a little more than a year ago and was given overwhelming support for the program and has since proven its success.

“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,” Dontz 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.”

For questions about the program or graduation ceremony, contact Dontz or visit

For more information about Customized Training at Heartland Community College, visit