Skill UP! Pulaski County Industrial Maintenance Graduates Students

Skill UP! Pulaski County Industrial Maintenance Graduates Students

A collaboration of local employers including Braun Ability, Plymouth Tube, Winamac Coil Springs, Legette and Platt, and Urban Forest, recently celebrated the graduation of seven employees from an 18 week-long NIMS Electrical Maintenance training class.

Requirements of the Skill Up grant funding from the Indiana Department of Workforce Development included collaboration among employers to support training costs, training space, materials, and equipment.  Ivy Tech Community College’s efforts were instrumental in accommodating off campus training facilitation at the space provided by Winamac Coil Springs.

All seven employees had perfect attendance throughout the training course, and demonstrated true dedication to their Maintenance craft and commitment to continuous improvement in the advancement of their skills. As the first NIMS Electrical Maintenance training class to be offered at this capacity in the nation, it was a great success for Pulaski County.

“Providing these opportunities to businesses in Northwest Indiana further supports our manufacturers’ efforts to continue the advancement of technologies in their company and gain confidence in their workforce that will foster future growth and expansion,” said Allison Bertl, WorkOne Business Services Manager.

The graduating employees were awarded a nationally recognized credential issued by the National Institute for Metalworking Skills.

“To have this kind of opportunity brought to the local area to fill a much-needed gap in electrical maintenance has been so helpful for our company. We are grateful for the support from Ivy Tech, Northwest Indiana Workforce Board (NWIWB), Center of Workforce Innovations (CWI), and Pulaski County Economic Development and their partnership in building our local workforce so close to home for our employees,” said Kevin Whiteman of Braun Ability.

Pulaski County Economic Development made this possible in Pulaski County through their contributions of training equipment, previously secured by an innovative curriculum grant. “Without this kind of collaboration, these opportunities wouldn’t be possible,” said Bertl.

Employers stated that their employees that went through the training have already shown tremendous results on the job.