State Board awards job training grants for local businesses
OLYMPIA, Wash. — The State Board for Community and Technical Colleges has awarded $1.75 million in matching grants for customized employee training programs for local businesses. The grants were awarded through the Job Skills Training Program, a dollar-for-dollar matching grant program. Community and technical colleges deliver training to new or current employees at the work site or in a classroom. Businesses contribute at least 50 percent of training expenses through cash, in-kind payments or a combination of both.
Aerospace Manufacturing Technologies, through Cascadia College — $52,050 for training in geometric dimensioning and tolerancing and in Microsoft Excel. Aerospace Manufacturing Technologies manufactures structural parts for businesses in the jet market.
Aerojet Rocketdyne, through Cascadia College — $217,626 for training to improve efficiency in multiple areas including engineering, assembly and supply chain management. Aerojet Rocketdyne in Redmond manufactures small liquid engines and develops liquid propulsion systems.
AvTechTyee, through Green River College — $123,600 for training in electronic soldering and machine operation, project management, computer skills and leadership skills. AvTechTyee designs, develops and manufactures electronic systems for the aerospace industry.
Bellmont Cabinets, through Green River College — $88,700 to train employees in Lean management principles and supervisory skills. Bellmont Cabinets is a manufacturer and wholesaler of cabinetry.
BodyPoint, through South Seattle College — $108,913 for training in quality-control compliance standards, computer skills, English as a Second Language, and measurement and blueprint reading. BodyPoint manufactures posture-supporting devices for wheelchairs.
Cascade Gasket, through Green River College — $63,000 to develop a training program in the Training Within Industry (TWI) model, an approach aimed at improving employee problem-solving and productivity. Training will also be provided in drafting, geometric dimensioning and tolerancing, customer service, Microsoft Excel, project management and supervisory skills. Cascade Gasket specializes in nonmetallic seal, gasket and clamp block parts for the aerospace industry.
EKOS Corporation, through Green River College — $89,700 for Six Sigma training, which seeks to improve efficiency and manufacturing capabilities. EKOS Corporation pioneered the development and clinical application of ultrasound infusion technologies in medicine, used for the treatment of vascular thrombosis.
Genie-Terex, through Cascadia College — $150,780 for training in project management, geometric dimensioning and tolerancing, and English as a Second Language for manufacturing. Genie-Terex manufactures small portable material lifts, including work lifts and platforms.
HySecurity, through Green River College — $118,800 for Lean training and courses in leadership and Microsoft SharePoint and Excel. HySecurity designs and manufactures gate operators and accessories.
Himalayan Dog Chew, through Green River College and Everett Community College — $49,500 for Six Sigma training to improve efficiency and manufacturing capabilities. Training will also be provided in supervisory skills, statistics, project management and English as a Second Language.
Northwest Hospital and Medical Center, through South Seattle College — $28,181 for training that integrates English as a Second Language with computer training.
Northwest Motor Service, through Lower Columbia College — $55,000 for Lean training to prepare for a business expansion. Northwest Motor Service provides motor, pump and generator service and repair.
Property Management Consortium, through Everett Community College — $26,850 for property-management training for unemployed adults living in transitional housing. Credits will apply toward an associate degree. Upon completion, participants will be employed by the participating businesses and provided with housing. This project is a partnership between Coast Real Estate Services and Quantum Management Services.
REC Silicon, through Big Bend Community College — $142,165 for Lean training and for training in electrical energy basics, project management, Microsoft Visio and other topics. REC produces silicon materials for the solar and electronics industries.
SeaPort Steel, through Community Colleges of Spokane — $98,471 for training in metallurgy, Microsoft products, soft skills, ISO standards and equipment use, including laser-cutting and HEM saw machinery. SeaPort Steel provides steel manufacturing and services for a variety of industries.
Six Sigma Consortium, through Green River College — $52,800 for five companies to provide Six Sigma training and related training in Microsoft Excel. Six Sigma training is designed to improve efficiency and manufacturing capabilities. The five companies are: A&G Machine, Inc. (aerospace supplier), Graphic Packaging International (paperboard packaging), Schwartz Brothers Restaurants, Starbucks Coffee, and Toray Composites (composites manufacturing).
Spectralux, through Cascadia College — $60,504 for Six Sigma training, designed to improve efficiency and manufacturing capabilities. Training will also be provided in English as a Second Language for manufacturing, statistics and project management. Spectralux manufactures flight deck electronics and data communications for airplane manufacturers.
Samaritan Healthcare, through Big Bend Community College — $140,541 for a comprehensive training program for 472 full and part-time employees. The training will include nursing skills, patient safety, honoring end-of-life choices, Lean management principles and leadership topics.
T&A Supply Company, through Green River College — $84,900 to train employees in Lean value stream mapping,
a management technique aimed at reducing waste as goods move through production. Training
will also be provided in Microsoft Excel and Outlook, workplace Spanish and for forklift
certification. T&A Supply Company markets and distributes flooring and floor installation
accessories to dealers, lumber yards, home improvement retailers, designers and other