Leahy Secures Workforce Training Funds To Recruit, Hire And Train 18 Upper Valley Residents …New Worker Recruitment Office Opens In Windsor

WINDSOR, Vt. – (Wednesday, Oct. 8) -- U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) announced Wednesday the opening of a Windsor, Vt., worker recruitment office by Vermont HITEC, a non-profit workforce development organization.  The new Vermont HITEC office, funded in part by a Leahy-secured $191,000 U.S. Department of Labor grant, will allow Vermont HITEC to recruit and train 18 Upper Valley residents as Computer Numeric Controlled (CNC) machine operators and establish a regional advanced manufacturing institute.  Residents who complete the program will be guaranteed jobs at either a New Hampshire or Vermont firm. 


“Many Vermonters are looking for work or are looking for better jobs at the same time that many companies are coping with a shortage of skilled workers,” said Leahy, a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee.  “Vermont HITEC will use its proven track record to bring these two groups of people together, investing in our workforce and helping the region’s economy grow.  The Precision Valley’s workforce has long been known by its Yankee ingenuity and unmatched work ethic.  This investment will give the region’s best workers the needed skills to compete with a global workforce.”

“This grant is an important part of a larger effort to build a skilled high-technology workforce that will attract and retain local-area businesses and provide good paying jobs," said Gerry Ghazi, President of Vermont HITEC. 
Hypertherm of Hanover, New Hampshire, a key employer-partner under the grant, plans to hire 15 of the new program’s participants.  The firm will also share office space at the institute for recruitment purposes.
"We are fortunate to have the challenge of expanding our workforce needs to meet growing demand for our products. How well we meet this challenge will be determined by how well we can hire and educate a trained workforce," said Jim Miller, Hypertherm’s Business Team Leader – Mechanized Torch and Consumables Division. "Vermont’s desire and commitment to recruit and educate CNC machine operators meets a critical need of the Upper Valley business community." 

In addition to being hired, individuals selected to participate in the program will receive a Certificate in Advance Machine Tool Technology, and 24 college credits towards an associate degree, from River Valley Community College of Claremont NH.
“River Valley Community College is committed to the creation of education and training that serve the needs of Upper Valley employers, and the economic development needs of our region. This partnership represents a strategy that builds upon the strengths of the college, our regions economic development capacity, and the private sector in delivering a truly comprehensive education leading directly to job placement,” stated Steve Budd, President, River Valley Community  College.

The institute’s main office will be located in the Windsor Connection Resource Center in downtown Windsor, where it will conduct its outreach and recruitment efforts.  The institute’s educational programming will be delivered in different locations throughout the region.
"It is exciting to have HITEC in Windsor and located at the Windsor Connection Resource Center. HITEC's mission to offer job training and help people enter or re-enter the workforce is complementary to the Resource Center's mission.  Their presence in Windsor is a positive Resource for our community and offers employment opportunities at a time of significant economic need," stated Richard Slusky, CEO of Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center, and the Mt. Ascutney Hospital Community Health Foundation, the fiscal agent for the Windsor Connection Resource Center.


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