NEWPORT NEWS, VA, -  Virginia Manufacturers Association, The Manufacturing Institute, and GE  announced expanded training for veterans through the Get Skills to Work program. Virginia Western Community College established a new training in manufacturing fundamentals that incorporates the Manufacturing Skills Institute’s Manufacturing Technician 1. The training is designed to meet foundational needs of its manufacturers, and GE announced its support for training for veterans in recruiting for the GE Controls and Power Electronics plant in Salem, VA.

The partnership was announced at VMA’s 3rd Annual Dream It. Do It. Virginia Symposium in Newport News. VWCC and ECPI University are the first two Virginia institutions to join Get Skills to Work.

Brett Vassey, President and CEO of VMA, also announced VMA’s partnership with Get Skills to Work to support its members’ recruitment of veterans with manufacturing skills. Working with The Manufacturing Institute, VMA will encourage its members to hire veterans and to connect with Get Skills to Work training institutions.

Get Skills to Work was founded by GE, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, and Alcoa, and today includes more than 600 manufacturers across the country.

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