High School CTC to Add Adult Workforce Training
inaugurates county’s workforce development efforts with new program
January 12, 2012
On Tuesday, the Greenville School
approval of a service agreement with The ProtoGen Group for adult
training is now the first step towards a workforce development campaign
Darke County. According to Superintendent Susie Riegle, the school has
working with the county’s Partnering for Progress (P4P) initiative and
local business officials for months towards the new wrinkle for the
Career Technical Center (CTC).
contract, and the related work and research, are first steps towards
CTC more responsive to the businesses in our community,” said
Schools Superintendent Susie Riegle. “We are getting input from
throughout the county to ensure that we develop an effective program
ProtoGen Group is a private training organization that provides
business and industry and focuses primarily on manufacturing. Located
Russia, they also partner with other technical skills programs in the
such as those offered at Upper Valley Career Center, so that
effort is avoided.
working with the Greenville High School CTC in the development of the
training curriculum, which will grow over time as more local businesses
organizations provide input to the program.
officials are going all out to make sure they support that goal.
Director Guy Parmigian is scheduling tours and meetings with local
manufacturers so that the school staff can learn more about modern
manufacturing and the environment it takes place in. We need to learn
as we can about the context of what we’re providing,” explained Riegle.
effort only began late in 2011, there have already been developmental
with state and local workforce personnel and many of the county’s
employers, including Midmark, Whirlpool, GTI, The FRAMGroup, and Ramco
companies have been extremely giving of their time and have been more
happy to work with both the schools and the Partnership on a total
development plan for the county,” commented Darke County Economic
Director Marc Saluk. “The schools’ efforts are an amazing first step
will pursue any solution that helps get our workforce the skills they
to Saluk, many area counties have plans in development to address a
in western Ohio. According to Saluk, workforce personnel and the
themselves all comment that, despite high unemployment in recent years,
positions locally go unfilled because the right skills to fill it are
in the workforce. The same problem makes it more difficult for those
have jobs to work their way up.
with Partnering for Progress, which initially approached the school
about expanding the Greenville CTC’s reach, say that the schools’
just a part of an overall focus on workforce development. Workforce
and the economic development office are making regular visits to
ensure they understand and can utilize the training programs in place
new and existing workers. Additionally, various assessment programs are
consideration that could eventually positively impact both the hiring
training processes for local employers. Regardless of the tool, no
move forward without the participation of the business community.
evolving process,” said Greenville
Mayor Mike Bowers. “We need to better understand the specific needs of
businesses in our area and their specific requirements for their
also need to learn more about what programs work better than others.
The key is
to keep moving forward together until we have the most competitive