KCC seeks applicants for manufacturing training program

A man and woman participate in KAMA training at the RMTC

Kellogg Community College is seeking applicants for specialized manufacturing training that may be free for those who who meet eligibility requirements.

KCC’s Kellogg Advanced Manufacturing Assembly training program can help prepare those looking to jump-start their career in manufacturing for high-wage, high-demand jobs that are being created right here in Calhoun, Barry and Branch counties. Depending on their chosen field, applicants can begin a training program at KCC immediately — the next cohort begins March 2 — and earn a credential within a few weeks.

The training is held at the College’s Regional Manufacturing Technology Center, 405 Hill Brady Road, Battle Creek, and is particularly geared toward the unemployed. Qualified applicants whose jobs were eliminated due to outsourcing can obtain free training that may equip them for a variety of production and skilled trades positions.

For more information or to determine eligibility, those interested in participating in the training should contact Workforce Solutions Career Coordinator Casey Holbrook at 269-565-2804 or holbrookc@kellogg.edu and ask about TAA/KAMA training.

The KAMA training is part of an initiative allowing the College to expand its programs in support of workforce preparation and employer needs in advanced manufacturing thanks to a $2.7 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor. The grant is part of the federal Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training grant program, a multi-year, nearly $2 billion initiative to expand targeted training programs for unemployed workers.

KCC will use the grant over the next three years to replace and upgrade equipment at the RMTC and pay for a variety of program expansions within the College’s Industrial Trades and Workforce Solutions programs, which target Michigan’s growing need for manufacturing employees.

Employers in need of entry-level and skilled workers are encouraged to contact KCC.