Sinclair receives grant for $1 million towards manufacturing program

Sinclair Community College (WDTN Photo)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – A new program headed to Sinclair Community College could mean getting more people jobs.

It’s all due to a million dollars the college just received from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training grant program.

Because of this grant, Sinclair will be the first community college in Ohio to offer a training program in Computer Numerical Control (CNC).

CNC is used in manufacturing machines everywhere.

Offering classes to learn and operate these machines means more people will be qualified for jobs in the Miami Valley.

The grant will fund an accelerated program, which will be individualized.

Sinclair officials are expecting 300 to 500 students to take the program in the next 3 years

These could be veterans, people who’ve lost their jobs or even people looking to jump start a new career.

And students will be credited for their previous experience and courses.

Once completed, they’ll earn a certificate in computer aided manufacturing.

All of this is an effort by the Department of Labor to revitalize the nation’s workforce, including Ohio’s.

It’s a way to offset years of job loss to foreign countries, where employees are often better trained but paid less.

“Think of this grant as we’re wanting to fast track people to get into the work force, “explained Deb Norris, vice president of workforce development and corporate service for the college. “And again, I think when you look at the market demand and the way the jobs have changed, the importance of we need to get these workers into these high-paying , highly-skilled jobs just as quickly as we can.”

Employers have already partnered with the community college for the program.

Companies hope once students earn the certificate, they’ll have a shot at becoming their own certified employee.

To learn about how to enroll in this program, visit here.

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