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Clark College News and Events

August 9, 2007
For Immediate Release
For additional information: 
Barbara Kerr, Executive Director of Communications and Marketing
Telephone:  (360) 992-2921
E-mail: bkerr@clark.edu


The grants will provide customized training for
eight area businesses during the 2007-2008 fiscal year.

VANCOUVER, Wash. – Clark College’s Corporate Education unit has been awarded over $244,000 in Job Skills Program (JSP) grants to provide customized training for eight Clark County businesses during the 2007-08 fiscal year.

The grants include $108,000 in Lean Manufacturing training for Columbia Machine; $104,000 in Six Sigma training from six local manufactures including: Isonics Semiconductor, Commercial Vehicle Group, KASO Plastics, Bemis Company, New Edge Networks, and Pacific Die & Casting; and $32,000 in ISO Certification training for AIMMco.

Clark College President Robert K. Knight said, “By partnering with subject matter experts like Washington Manufacturing Services (WMS) and the ETI Group, Clark College Corporate Education has been able to act as a bridge between the needs of local industry and subject matter expert organizations.  We’ve been able to secure funding sources available through the State Board of Community & Technical Colleges (SBCTC) to benefit local businesses and our community as a whole.”

Bryan Goodman, Vice President Manufacturing at Columbia Machine, said "We truly believe that training employees, and empowering them to implement improvements in all areas of the value stream, is key to our long term global competitiveness.”  Goodman added, “It is great that our leaders in the State of Washington recognize the importance and invest with business in these efforts. We look forward to working with Clark College and Washington Manufacturing Services to execute this grant in a manner that allows us to maximize the impact on our business and, ultimately, the community we operate in."

According to Todd Oldham, Executive Director of Corporate and Continuing Education, "In the past two years, the college has stepped up its efforts to facilitate greater access for the businesses community to funds available through the State Board of Community & Technical Colleges."

Oldham noted that workforce development is "one of Clark’s six mission imperatives. This year’s awarded funds represent a 38% increase over last year’s funding.  It’s the highest level of JSP funding we’ve received in at least five years."

The Job Skills Program (JSP) is a commitment by the state of Washington to extend its education and training resources so that Washington employers will be provided with a well-trained and skilled workforce. Through dollar-for-dollar matching grants, the Job Skills Program (JSP) funds industry-education partnerships to deliver customized, short-term and job-specific training. The program supports skill training or education that is separate from and in addition to existing workforce education programs.  Each year, the 34 community and technical colleges within Washington compete for the funds available.


EDITORS’ NOTE:  The following training terms are mentioned in the above release. 

Six Sigma

Six Sigma is a measure of variability, typically for a given manufacturing or service business process. When a process is performing at Six Sigma levels, output variability is so low that the process is considered to be virtually defect-free.

International Standards Organization (ISO) 9001

ISO 9000 is a family of standards for quality management systems and is maintained by ISO, the International Organization for Standardization. It encompasses a set of procedures that cover all key processes in the business including the facilitating of continual improvement.

Lean Manufacturing

Lean Manufacturing shows you how to do more with less (less capital equipment and less floor space) by getting the waste out and replacing it with value-added processes. Adopting a “lean” approach is helping companies become faster and more efficient.

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