Riverside Community College District (RCCD) is seeking industry partners to participate in a manufacturing program that will provide free training for employees.
The district’s Customized Training Solutions center is offering local companies up to 40 hours of free manufacturing skills instruction. The courses are available to employees in both public and private companies and organizations headquartered in the Inland Empire.
The program is made possible through a $254,000 grant from a Responsive Training Fund for Incumbent Workers (California Community College Chancellor’s Office), which supports employee training in high-growth industries.
Program organizers are looking for at least 15 employers to participate in the program by June 2013, when the grant funding is set to end. Classes will be offered at the Customized Training Solutions center in Corona, as well as on-site at each business. Training must be scheduled during company time when employees are being paid to attend.
“We want to support the manufacturers in this region,” said Robert Grajeda, director of Corporate and Business Development and head of the Customized Training Solutions center. The center, a division of RCCD’s Office of Economic Development, provides specialized training and consulting services to improve employee performance.
The program’s curriculum focuses on manufacturing skills because of the strong concentration of high-tech, aerospace and pharmaceutical industries in the region. Jobs in those industries also tend to be higher paying, with a low turnover rate.
Sample courses include manufacturing processes improvement, supervisor leadership and management, communication skills classes in customer service, vocational English, and Microsoft Office Suite. Employers can design classes in partnership with Customized Training Solutions that are tailored to their company’s specific needs. There are no restrictions on class size.
“Frontline workers benefit from training that updates their skills to stay current with rapidly changing technology,” Grajeda said. “Offering this program can also boost employee morale, which often is key to employee effectiveness and retention.”
Grajeda is working with the Manufacturing/Technology Council in Corona and other local business organizations to outreach to employers.
“RCCD’s Office of Economic Development has a lot of training experience. We can help businesses improve their bottom-line and grow their market share,” Grajeda said. “We’re here for them.”
Employers interested in participating in the program should contact Robert Grajeda at 951-571-6457, or visit the Customized Training Solutions center website at www.rccdextension.com/home/customized-training-solutions.
*Courtesy of Riverside Community College District