Cincinnati, OH, -  Today, The Manufacturing Institute (the Institute), in partnership with GE, Cincinnati State Technical and Community College,  Alcoa Inc., Boeing and Lockheed Martin, today celebrated the accomplishments of the first group of U.S. veterans to complete classes from the Get Skills to Work (GSTW) program.

With an estimated 600,000 open advanced manufacturing jobs across America, GSTW is joining major manufacturers and educators to help close the skills gap through training and skills matching for U.S. veterans. Eleven veterans participated in the completion ceremony at Cincinnati State’s Workforce Development Center. The event marks an important milestone for the nationwide program, which launched in October 2012. The program also aims to empower employers with tools to recruit, onboard and mentor veterans.

“These veterans represent the brawn and brains that will keep our manufacturing base competitive,” said Jennifer McNelly, president, The Manufacturing Institute.  “Skilled workers are the most important assets to manufacturers, and we are proud to be partnering with employers to make their investments in veterans and workforce training have a real impact in communities across the country. Working with our partners, we will help create opportunities for transitioning service members to get the skills they need to access in-demand manufacturing jobs.” 

Today’s completion ceremony in Cincinnati included veterans who completed accelerated skills training in core manufacturing skillsets. The ceremony featured speakers Gary Sinise, actor & president, Gary Sinise Foundation; David Joyce, president and CEO GE Aviation; O’dell M. Owens, president, Cincinnati State; and Jim Golem, president, Cincinnati GSTW Advisory Board and Director of Human Resources, CTL Aerospace Inc.

To ensure that the skills training meets the immediate needs of local employers, coalition partners worked with local businesses to develop the Cincinnati State curriculum. This curriculum-building process will be repeated and tailored to each pilot city this year, including Ft. Worth and Houston, Texas; Schenectady, New York; Greenville, South Carolina; Durham, North Carolina; and Evansville, Indiana.

To help fill open positions in the Cincinnati area, local manufacturing firms, including GE, CTL Aerospace, Richards Industries, Meyer Tool, Acuren and Rhinestahl will actively review candidates from this new pool of potential employees.

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