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Production echnician ristanWorley

Tri-County,Goodwill Partner to Meet Workforce Needs

G

oodwill Industries’ Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC) certification program can be the answer for local industries looking for a pipeline of skilled entry-level

technicians.

It’s also a quick, yet comprehensive training route for individuals seeking to enhance their skills and to secure full-time employment, says Tristan Worle , of Westminster, who was a participant in Goodwill’s first manufacturing class after being laid off from a local industry. “All 13 of us got job offers before the end of the class,” said Tristan, who was hired as a production technician at U.S. Engine Valve in Westminster two weeks before he finished the class taught by Tri-County’s Corporate and Community Education Division. While in MSSC training, he continued to pursue his Industrial Electronics Technology degree.

“We got the best of the best with Tristan,” said Mary Ann Craft, human resources manager at U.S. Engine Valve. “Goodwill highly recommended him to us. After interviewing Tristan, he was our number- one pick. He has proven himself and is doing an excellent job,” she added.

“Goodwill has very good training programs, and we are pleased to see it has expanded to the manufacturing sector. The MSSC program shows that a person is putting forth the effort to obtain a certification that will open up opportunities for him or her. This program is important to us in building a bigger pool of applicants while helping us to recruit the best associates for our skilled machinist positions,” said Craft. (U.S. Engine Valve applicants must have a high school education and two years of machine experience or one year of machining experience and a certified production technician certificate.)

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