Hypertherm Joins Partnership To Prepare Workers For Advanced Manufacturing Jobs
Hypertherm, a New England Council member, is partnering with River Valley Community College (RVCC) to teach skills for advanced manufacturing jobs to under- and unemployed workers.
The program, administered by RVCC and Hypertherm’s Technical Training Institute, receives funding from the Department of Labor’s H-1B program. Students receive training for 9 weeks (40 hours per week) and earn an Advanced Manufacturing Certificate upon completion. After initial testing to start the training program, students are enrolled in the RVCC/Hypertherm Skills Through Apprenticeship Retraining (STAR) program. The STAR program is a state-recognized apprenticeship that lasts two years, during which the students are hired as full time employees, even when taking classes through the program.
“We are fortunate to have the challenge of expanding our workforce and elevating the skillset,” said Hyopertherm VP of Human Resources Mike Baymiller. “Our future success will be measured in part by how well we are able to hire, develop and grow our skilled workforce.”