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Made in Pueblo, PCC, PEDCO team up to create apprenticeships

Anthony A. Mestas
The Pueblo Chieftain

Business and company leaders say that one of the toughest challenges facing companies today is hiring and retaining qualified employees. Three Pueblo entities are teaming up to help fix that.

Made in Pueblo has partnered with Pueblo Community College, the Pueblo Economic Development Corporation and local manufacturers to kick-start an apprenticeship program that develops highly skilled manufacturing talent to the Pueblo community.

Made in Pueblo

Officials with Made in Pueblo, which promotes manufacturing throughout the community, said that many local companies see the program as an opportunity to address their tough challenges. Some of the manufacturers that already have committed to this program are Trane, Krage Manufacturing, TR Toppers and Vestas.

The Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education is a national work-study program for members of the community who have their high school diploma or GED.

Program participants gain 1,800 hours of on-the-job training and earn an associate's degree in Industrial Mechanics and Maintenance Technology from PCC over the course of a two-year period.

Students learn soft skills, manufacturing acumen and technical capabilities by attending school two days and working at a sponsoring company three days per week. Students are paid for their hours worked which covers the cost of their education.

This allows students to graduate without debt and begin a career as a multi-craft maintenance technician in two years. Classes are scheduled to begin in the fall of 2021.

Pueblo FAME is recruiting manufactures who are interested in attracting and developing skilled talent into their manufacturing operations. Students interested in starting a rewarding manufacturing career should visit https://madeinpuebloco.com to sign-up for more information as it becomes available.

For more information about FAME and the opportunities for advanced manufacturing in Pueblo visit: https://madeinpuebloco.com/.

Chieftain reporter Anthony A. Mestas can be reached by email at amestas@chieftain.com or at twitter.com/mestas3517