Issue Date: June 27, 2016
Training the workforce of tomorrow
I read the article “ ‘Skills Gap’ Hits the Factory Floor” (C&EN, May 23, page 27) with interest. The article discusses collaborations between the chemical manufacturing industry and community colleges.
I would like to mention that Upjohn, which I worked for before my retirement, recognized the need for skilled employees for its chemical manufacturing facilities and began collaborating with a local community college, Kalamazoo Valley Community College, more than 25 years ago to establish a technical training program for potential chemical plant operators. The firm also worked more recently with the Michigan Technical Education Center (M-TEC) in Kalamazoo to provide a facility for training. These programs were key in providing a steady stream of well-qualified operators.
These types of collaboration among industry, community colleges, and even high schools will be invaluable in providing technically trained operating personnel for the future.
The Villages, Fla.
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