ROCKFORD, Dec. 28 — Rockford School District’s Summer Manufacturing Program is meeting a “mission critical” need in the tool-and-die industry for in-demand talent, according to a Rockford Register Star report.
Woodward, Inc. and Rock Valley College have paired up to assist with a 10-week course that prepares students for jobs as computer numerical control (CNC) operators. The article points out that with the baby boomer generation beginning to retire, Header Die & Tool, a Rockford-based manufacturer of carbide and steel heading dies, has already seen 4 employees, which is 10 percent of their workforce, retire in 2014.
The program has already been completed by 24 students, and of those, 22 have been hired for full-time positions.
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