Sierra College was one of only eight colleges statewide selected to focus on the Advanced Manufacturing sector by the California Community College Chancellor’s Office Division of Workforce & Economic Development.
With a $300,000 grant, Sierra College will collaborate with community colleges in the Sacramento region to fill gaps in manufacturing workforce skills, provide employee training customized to manufacturers, and inspire students to pursue Advanced Manufacturing careers.
Advanced Manufacturing uses innovation, automation and highly integrated, tightly controlled processes as well as new materials and capabilities to fabricate products competitively.
Carol Pepper-Kittredge, Director, Sierra College CACT, will be the Deputy Sector Navigator for this grant project. “There are excellent opportunities for high-wage jobs in Advanced Manufacturing in our region,” said Pepper-Kittredge.
“To keep current, employees require on-going training. In addition, both high school and college students must be introduced to additive manufacturing, digital design, high-tech welding and other cutting-edge technologies so that they can bring this expertise to local businesses. Through this grant, colleges and industry can work together to enhance the local economy.”