Training to expand horizon for drought-impacted

College of the Sequoias is offering a free class to people whose jobs have been affected by the drought. The course will give participants the chance to earn a Certified Production Technician (CPT) certificate. Jorge Zegarra, left, instructor and director of the COS Training… Read More »

Fresno City College Workforce Development Dean Visits JoAnn Fabrics

October 2, 2014   Visalia (DWM) – “My goal is to offer the training programs which meet employer’s needs and to understand what employers expect, I need to continue to invest my time in learning and have an intimate knowledge of their operations.” Natalie… Read More »

Metrics Improve Manufacturing Performance

In the Central Valley, Gurminder Sangha is the Advanced Manufacturing Deputy Sector Navigator for California Community Colleges. He can be a resource for businesses that are looking for ways to improve their processes using lean and other process improvement tools. Reach him at (559)… Read More »

Central Valley Colleges Develop Skilled Workers

Businesses can upgrade employees’ skills and recruit students prepared for employment by working Community Colleges in the Central Valley and Mother Lode regions. Employees and prospective workers can take courses as well as earn certificates and degrees sought after by regional employers. In addition,… Read More »

How to fill the Manufacturing Skills gap

The movie, Manufacturing Skills Gap, was posted by the McClatchy Washington Bureau on May 22, 2014. It describes how colleges are working with industry to address the skills mismatch – those looking for jobs don’t have the skills required by manufacturers. According to the… Read More »

Training Builds Workers’ Skills

According to a June 30, 2014 Central Valley Business Times article, Nearly $20 Million OK’d for worker retraining. Read about it here. The California Employment Training Panel provides funding to help businesses improve employees’ skills. The Central Valley Business Times reports that “$19.8 million… Read More »

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Signed

On July 22, The Whitehouse announced “The First Significant Legislative Reform of Our Job-Training System in a Number of Years.” Click here   to watch the movie and hear Vice President Biden and President Obama explain this new training initiative. You can also read the Ready… Read More »

California Manufacturing Champions Recognized

In Wanted: Skilled workers for California’s manufacturing comeback on the California Economic Summit webpage, some of California’s manufacturers were recognized as “champions” for their innovation and were quoted about the need for skilled workers. “One of the top issues for manufacturers and many California… Read More »

Manufacturers Embrace Production Technician Certification

US Farm Systems Service Manager, Mike Mahler, already sees results from an online “Certified Production Technician (CPT)” employee training and assessment program offered by the Manufacturing Skills Standards Council (MSSC) with support from College of the Sequoias (COS). “US Farm Systems is dedicated to… Read More »

Frontline Supervisors Trained

Employees from several manufacturing companies recently participated in Frontline Supervisory Training explained instructor Heather Bixler. “The goal was to train participants to think like supervisors and develop behaviors that bring out the best in their teams,” said Bixler. To introduce and review concepts, Bixler… Read More »