Entry-level powder metal program offered again

The first “Fit for Powder Metal Program” entry-level course recently offered to area residents was very successful, and organizers will be offering the seven-week program again in October. The free course was offered through a grant from Highmark’s Local Workforce Initiative and was developed over several months with input from staff at the Community Education Council of Elk and Cameron Counties (CEC), PA CareerLink, the North Central Workforce Investment Board, and area employers. The eight graduates learned about the history and current trends of the powder metal (PM) industry, and job readiness and communications skills.Kate Lomax, CEC director of educational services, said at the conclusion of Fit for PM, graduates had the opportunity to engage in 15-minute, one-on-one interviews with participating employers. Seven out of the eight graduates were offered employment at wages ranging from $10 to $13 per hour, with several receiving offers by more than one employer.Lomax said the program is ideal because it helps provide participating employers with qualified candidates who have already demonstrated their reliability and a good work ethic. Interested participants should call the PA CareerLink at 834-2857 to register no later than Oct. 3. Applicants must be 18 years of age or older, be a Pennsylvania resident, and have a high school diploma. Lomax said prior to the start Oct. 19, participants must schedule and pass a drug test, attend three workshops at PA CareerLink, and participate in a company tour. CareerLink staff will advise applicants how to schedule the drug test, workshops and company tour. The technical hands-on training portion runs from Oct. 22 to Nov. 2, and the post-technical training workshops and interviews will take place the week of Nov. 5.