Manufacturers in Nebraska are running out of skilled workers so Metropolitan Community College in Omaha is stepping up to provide training. Public and media Relations manager Derek Rayment says renovation work is underway to transform their current Industrial Training Center to the new Center for Advanced Manufacturing at their south Omaha campus at 27th and Q Street.
Rayment says, “A 30,000 square foot renovation that is really putting the work force needs first. It is answering the call for area manufacturing and keeping manufacturing relevant. We’re going to provide a new veterans services area that is going to bring veterans closer to careers in demand. They are going to see that that there are large corporations like Valmont and Lozier and they are looking for people that know these skills. It is going to be a huge one for everybody.”
The new center will offer classes for technicians, welders, machinists, drafting, design, Industrial and commercial trades, precision machining technology to robotic technology, maintenance and more. Most of these professions require certifications or a two year degree.
All the curriculum will prepare students for fulfilling careers while helping local manufacturers compete nationally and internationally. Rayment says they have advisory councils with a number of businesses so Metropolitan Community College knows what types of skilled labor that is high in demand.
The new Center for Advanced Manufacturing should open in the second half of 2019.