Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Chamber Business Expo - April 9

TCAT Pulaski College Open House - Feb. 3

The Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Pulaski will hold an open house on Tuesday, February 3.

The college will be open from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. for tours, onsite demonstrations, program information, displays, and handouts.

For more information on TCAT-Pulaski’s February 3 open house, call 424-4014.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Leadership Week Comes to Marshall County

Lyn Stacey - CTE Director -
gives a tour of the Spot Lowe Technology Center
to the Gattis Leadership group. 
Leadership development is a crucial component of a community's sustainability plan and this week Marshall County played host to three leadership groups developed in or with Marshall County.
Leadership Marshall is a program created and directed by Lynda Potts of Lewisburg and offers local residents the opportunity to take the course and learn about the community in which they live. At the end of the course, the class of students chooses and implements a community development project that has ranged from park benches for the Greenway to creating the Junior Leadership Marshall program.
Junior Leadership Marshall invites students from each of the three high schools in Marshall County to take part in a program similar to the adult version - Leadership Marshall.
Dave Kennedy of Southern Carton
gives a tour of his facility
to Junior Leadership Marshall
Four years ago, Marshall County Leadership alumni and alumni from similar Leadership programs in surrounding counties developed a regional Leadership program called Gattis Regional Leadership. This program takes people who have graduated from their county leadership course and offers them the opportunity to learn more about the counties that surround their communities. Gattis Leadership began with six counties, but has grown to eleven counties in the region.
Last week, Marshall County hosted all three Leadership groups to tour Marshall County with Junior Leadership Marshall and Leadership Marshall taking an Industry Day tour. Gattis Leadership brought program participants from each of the counties in the region to Marshall County for a tour of the community and its assets, plans and issues it faces.

Wayne Wolf of Old Hickory Smokehouse
gives a tour of his facility to
Junior Leadership Marshall
The students from each program were treated to presentations by local officials in Marshall County, local assets from the Library to the Spot Lowe Technology Center and tours of several local industries including Old Hickory Smokehouse, Southern Carton, CKNA and Lewisburg Printing.
Participants in the Junior Leadership Marshall and Leadership Marshall will continue to take tours of the community for History Day, Local Government Day, State Government Day and more.
The Gattis Leadership participants will continue to take tours of each of the counties in the program to learn what each has to offer and what each faces.
AME Instructor Danny Adams of
Spot Lowe Technology Center
demonstrates one of the training machines
to Gattis Leadership
To join Junior Leadership Marshall, students must submit an application and their schools and be selected to participate by the Junior Leadership Marshall Board. To join the Leadership Marshall program, residents of Marshall County need simply to contact Lynda Potts and ask to take the next upcoming course. To join the Gattis Leadership program, anyone who graduates from Leadership Marshall can request to participate in the program and information and joining is provided upon graduation from Leadership Marshall.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

GM/UAW Spring Hill Skilled Trades Apprenticeship Program

Non Seniority/Non-GM Employees- OPENS: January 15, 2015, 12 noon (Central Time)
 Call 931-486-5005 or 931-486-5006 for RFI appointments
 CLOSES: When first 250 appointment calls are completed
For Seniority GM Employees- RFI’s must be turned in by February 2, 2015
Skilled tradespeople at General Motors are highly trained men and women who build, operate and maintain our complex machinery and plant facilities. They use precision tools, instruments, and state-of-the-art methods to produce quality products. Skilled tradespeople are vital members of the movement toward high technology in industry today.
Their jobs require a wide range of knowledge, as well as maturity and independence of judgment.
The GM/UAW Spring Hill skilled trades include occupations of; Electrician, Stationary Engineer, Machine Repair, and Tool and Die Maker. Each trade is unique and important to the overall success of our operation and can be achieved by completing the Apprenticeship for the trade desired. To complete the apprenticeship requires 4 years of On the Job Training totaling (7328) hours plus College Related Classroom Courses totaling (576) hours. Courses consist of: Math, Science, Shop Drawing, Safety, and Computer software.
Development Dimensions International (DDI) plays a key role in assisting local plants with the actions of the Request for Information, Orientation and Testing Sessions, and Interview guidelines to ensure the efficiency, fairness and effectiveness of the Apprenticeship Program.
The apprenticeship process differs between GM/UAW Seniority Employees and Non-Seniority/Non-GM Employees.
Request for Apprenticeship Information: Seniority Employees fill out a Request for Apprenticeship Information (RFI) to receive an invitation to an Orientation Session and are guaranteed the opportunity to test.
Non-Seniority/Non-GM Applicants or External candidates must call to set up an appointment, to complete the Request for Apprenticeship Information application in person. The process is limited to 250 external applicants.
Non-Seniority/Non-GM Applicants are subject to a random selection process of up to one hundred (100) selected by the outside party DDI. Those selected in the random process shall receive an invitation to an Orientation Session. ORIENTATION SESSION: It is very important that you attend the Orientation Session. If you fail to attend the Orientation Session you will have to re-apply in the next cycle. At the Orientation Session, a presentation about the apprenticeship program is shown and time is provided for questions. A formal application, and sign up for testing date and time will be completed.
Testing: The apprentice test is divided into two sections. First is “Reading Prints and Drawings”. It will ask you to use drawings and charts to solve math problems much like apprentices use each day. The second part is the “Work Judgment, Style and Experience” and will ask you questions about your reaction to common work situations and your prior experience in actual work situations. The maximum points you can receive for testing is 36. Your test score will be the qualifier for advancing to an interview.
Interview: The interview is rigidly structured like the test. All applicants are asked the same basic questions, although trade-specific questions may vary. The Maximum points you can receive for the interview is 21.
Selection: After the interview, your name will be placed on a selection list using your total score as ranking. You will stay on that list for ten years or until placed into the apprenticeship program. If you have a change of address you must contact us so that we can update your contact information.
Non GM Candidates
The General Motors Spring Hill Apprentice Committee will be accepting Requests for
Information Apprentice applications. Given the fact that we are limited by the National
Parties to 250 applications, a one-time phone number will be enabled for Interested candidates to set up an appointment, to complete the Request for Information by calling
(931-486-5005) or (931-486-5006) beginning, January 15, 2015 Thursday between the hours of 12:00 noon (Central Time) and 6 p.m. (Central Time). No phone calls will be accepted before the fore mentioned date and time. Once the application limit has been reached, the phone line will be disconnected.
There will only be 250 applications appointments available on a first call, first serve basis.
All applications must be filled out in person on the specified appointment date. No applications will be given out on the specific appointment date to be sent in at a later date.
General Motors LLC is and Equal Opportunity Employer (E.O.E.)

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Lewisburg Partnering to Upgrade Workforce Development Training

The City of Lewisburg, Marshall County and the State of Tennessee recognize that Workforce Development is the top issue facing manufacturing today. So, we are proud to announce a series of Workforce Development and Training improvements to the region thanks to our partners - Gov. Bill Haslam, The State of Tennessee Department of Economic and
Community Development, the South Central Tennessee Workforce Board, the South Central Tennessee Development District, the Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Pulaski, the Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Shelbyville, the Spot Lowe Technology Center in Lewisburg and several local industries. 

LEAP Grants
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam recently announced recipients of the Labor Education Alignment Program competition, a state effort focused on increasing opportunities for Tennesseans to obtain a certificate or degree beyond high school that is
aligned with the needs of the workforce in their communities. 

Funded by a $10 million appropriation by the General Assembly, the LEAP competition required applicants to respond to a competitive Request for Proposals that was released in September. Proposals were reviewed and selected by the Governor’s Workforce Subcabinet, consisting of

Commissioners and staff from the following agencies:

-         Tennessee Board of Regents
-         Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development
-         Tennessee Department of Education
-         Tennessee Department of Human Services
-         Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development
-         Tennessee Higher Education Commission

Lewisburg and Marshall County are pleased to announce that two regional projects were selected for the funded inlcuding:
South Central Tennessee Development District - TCAT Shelbyville - $970,000.00
South Central Tennessee Workforce Alliance - TCAT- Pulaski - $970,000.00

The first project will create an Industrial Maintenance Technology program administered by TCAT-Shelbyville in a city-owned facility in downtown Lewisburg. The program will fund a computer classroom, industrial equipment laboratory and an instructor to teach the Industrial Maintenance Technology program to students in Marshall County. 

The regional program will also create classrooms and labs for the training in Bedford County, Franklin County and Lincoln County. 

The project is a collaboration of TCAT-Shelbyville, the South Central TN Development District and the Economic and Community Development organizations in each community working with local industries. 

In Lewisburg, Marshall County provided $5,000 in matching funds, the Lewisburg Industrial Development Board provided $1,000 in matching funds, the City of Lewisburg provided the facility in which the program will operate and several Lewisburg industries pledged funding and equipment donations for the program including Calsonic Kansei North America, Nichirin and Berry Plastics. 

The second LEAP project awarded funding in the region will create a Certified Production Technician curriculum for the middle and high school technology centers in the 8-county region along with the purchasing of equipment for the centers including Machining equipment, PLC equipment, Robotic Welders and 3D Printers.

The Spot Lowe Technology Center in Lewisburg will be the recipient of the new training equipment and has already begun assigning three of its instructors to take the required training to become certified to teach the Certified Production Technician (CPT) training. 

The CPT training will allow high school students to graduate as a nationally certified production technician and receive dual-enrollment credits from TCAT-Pulaski so that students will have a shorter time and less tuition toward their Advanced Manufacturing Certification.

Speaking of TCAT-Pulaski, the technology college held a open house on December 16 for its new Advanced Manufacturing Training Center. The upgraded AME center has new Engel Injection Molding machines, new 3D printing machines, new PLC testing and training equipment capable of running Siemens or Allen Bradley systems and more. 

The new state-of-the-art training center was developed through conversations with industries in the region on the needs of their workforce in training and development. 

TCAT-Pulaski has also begun using its Routsis Online Plastics Certification Training program that allows students to take their training online from the classroom or in their homes or places of work. Using this technique, students can take the bulk of the certification training at their own pace before finishing up their hands-on training and taking their certification testing. 

The Routsis Online Training program was funded for one year with assistance from Marshall County and the Marshall County Joint Economic and Community Development Board. 

Thanks to all the partners for developing and implementing a series of Workforce Development programs that will insure Lewisburg and Marshall County are training and providing the best workforce to its new and existing industries for years to come.