For Immediate Release
Monday, February 9, 2009
Business Development, Government and Education
Cleveland, Ohio – Tooling U is pleased to announce a partnership with SkillsTrac to provide industrial maintenance training for dislocated and incumbent workers in Western Ohio. SkillsTrac will employ Tooling U's web-based curriculum to teach essential maintenance theory to its students.
SkillsTrac, a project funded by a $2 million U.S. Department of Labor Community-Based Jobs Training grant, consists of several key organizations that have partnered to teach industrial maintenance via innovative training approaches. SkillsTrac members include: Edison Community College, Sinclair Community College, Wright State University--Lake Campus, Upper Valley Joint Vocational School, and several western Ohio Job Center Networks.
The SkillsTrac initiative is an industry-driven certificate program that is practical for industry and stackable for its students. Students progress through a series of training levels, which reflect career paths. Tooling U's web-based training effectively blends with the hands-on lab component of the program, supporting each level of training and containing information relevant to today's companies.
Amy Ferrell, Senior Training Representative of Behr Dayton Thermal Products, has already seen the benefits of Tooling U's training. Behr is currently the largest customer of SkillsTrac, with 40 people enrolled in the program. According to Ferrell, "because the content is targeted to our type of maintenance work, Tooling U will be the catalyst that ties the student's learning experience to increased job knowledge in today's demanding market."
SkillsTrac partners are consciously striving to provide a training program that is dynamic and focused on today's students. Web-based training introduces a new element that engages students and teaches essential manufacturing theory in an innovative, flexible and self-paced approach. According to Ferrell, "implementing Tooling U at this point in our Advanced Manufacturing Training Program was the change that was needed to energize and re-engage our students. Our students praise Tooling U's easy navigation and the richer content of the classes--they are learning more in less time." For more information on SkillsTrac, visit www.skillstrac.com.
In addition to maintenance-related content, Tooling U also provides training for CNC machinists, assemblers, welders, and numerous other manufacturing professionals. For more information, contact Tooling U at firstname.lastname@example.org.