UVCC hosts manufacturing council

PIQUA — The Miami Valley Manufacturing Council held its November meeting at the Upper Valley Career Center’s Adult Technology Center, 8901 Looney Road, Piqua.

More than 50 chamber of commerce members representing Covington, Piqua, Sidney-Shelby County, Tipp City and Troy viewed a presentation by Patrick Reardon from the Ohio State Apprenticeship Council, who spoke about the Registered Apprenticeship, a proven workforce strategy. He discussed various benefits of an apprenticeship program for both the apprentice as well as employers. Additional information can be obtained by visiting http://jfs.ohio.gov/apprenticeship.

Upper Valley Career Center Executive Director Jason Haak introduced Tony Trapp who spoke about the career center’s success with apprenticeship program. Participants then broke into groups for a round table discussion regarding best practices on various topics including establishing an apprenticeship program at your business; customized training methods; quality assurance; safety; employee motivation and retention; and logistics.

The Upper Valley Career Center’s Adult Training Division has a variety of educational opportunities to select. Contact Mariana Patton, program coordinator, at (937) 778-1078, Ext. 505, to discuss enrollment and gain additional information.

The Miami Valley Manufacturing Council meets on the third Wednesday of each month from 10 a.m. to noon. The council’s purpose is to support, educate and assist manufacturing and industrial companies in promoting and enhancing a positive business climate in the region. Anyone interested in becoming involved and learning more about this program and other chamber of commerce opportunities is encouraged to contact their local chamber of commerce office.