NoCO Manufacturing Partnership Announces Annual Regional Advisory Meeting


Christine Juker

Loveland, Colorado— Northern Colorado Manufacturing Partnership (NoCO) has announced its 3rd Annual Regional Advisory Manufacturing Meeting March 9, 2018, which is co-sponsored with Employment Services of Weld County and Front Range Community College (FRCC).

These three organizations join as a team to host Northern Colorado manufacturers and educators to equip future workers to make a successful career in manufacturing. Talent development is critical to providing businesses with skilled workers to build a sustainable business. This meeting is just one of many components to help address one of the most pressing economic development issues in the region by tackling talent shortage in critical occupations for local businesses.

The NoCo Manufacturing Partnerships’ mission is to make American manufacturing great by driving a passionate, collaborative partnership so that Northern Colorado Manufacturing our communities thrive.

Dave Carlson of J&B Machine said, “Considering that we seek talented and qualified employees from a variety of sources around the region, this discussion is my best opportunity to reach the widest group possible all in one meeting. A continued dialog with the whole talent pipeline and maintaining relationships with education and community partners ensures J & B Machine has qualified employees today and in the future.”

’ “The Region-Wide Advisory Team meeting gives us the opportunity to hear from a variety of manufacturers.” said Lynn Vosler of FRCC. “This meeting is one of the very best ways for Front Range Community College to identify trends which gives us strategic direction for our training and educational programs.”

“The Regional Area Discussion (RAD) provides work force centers critical information on the types of workers businesses need currently and will need in future years. RAD ensures the alignment of workforce efforts with the needs of manufacturers” said Lora Lawrence of Employment Services of Weld County.

It is the model of the next generation sector partnership to have leadership from industry, education and workforce agencies working together to advance industry initiatives developing strong sectors of the economy in Colorado.

About the 3rd Annual Regional Advisory Meeting

The Regional Advisory Meeting takes place Friday, March 9th, AIMS Community College, Greeley, CO

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Date: Friday, March 9th, 2018

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Manufacturers Discussion 8:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Educators and Public Partners Discussion 10:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Educators Tour of Owens Illinois 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

This year’s meeting is expected to have over 40 educators & partners and over 30 manufacturers. Topics discussed will include: Manufacturing industry trends and critical workforce needs in manufacturing, How business and education partners can strengthen the regional manufacturing talent pipeline, and what commitments to working together can be made to strengthen the manufacturing talent pipeline.

The event showcases Northern Colorado’s expanding manufacturing sector and connects educators and public partners to collaborate on career and technical education for the upcoming year equipping the future workforce to enter the job market equipped with needed skills to be effective in the industry.

“This meeting counts as one of two required meetings for the CTE advisory committee meetings.” says Sarah Health, State Director for Career and Technical Education.

About Front Range Community College

Front Range Community College offers nearly 100 degree and certificate programs from locations in Boulder County, Larimer County, Westminster, and Brighton, and online. FRCC is a member of the Colorado Community College System. Find us on the web, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

About Employment Services of Weld County

Employment Services of Weld County is a comprehensive workforce center which connects resources for employment, education, and training services. Employment Services of Weld County offers these services at the local, state, and national level. Employment Services of Weld County prides itself in offering self-service resources, promotion of personal and career development, furnishing access to Internet tools for employment and training opportunities, and providing information about both local and regional employers, as well as other labor markets. Employment Services of Weld County also strives to assist those local and regional employers with applicant referrals and other employer specific services. Find us on the web, Facebook, Twitter and You Tube.

About Northern Colorado Manufacturing Partnership

The NoCo Manufacturing Partnership was formed in 2013 as a result of Governor Hickenlooper’s state Economic Development plan called the Colorado Blue Print. The Blue Print identified 11 key sectors of the economy in Colorado by region. Northern Colorado’s two main sectors identified were Health and Wellness and Advanced Manufacturing. Regions within the state were encouraged to form sector partnerships to provide more localized grass roots support to augment state efforts in each sector.

These would be industry specific, led by business, in partnership with economic development, education and workforce development. A collaboration arose as part of the Blue Print process involving people from each of these affiliations and the NoCo Manufacturing Partnership was born. It continues to be an all-volunteer, business led, FREE membership organization designed to support Northern Colorado manufacturers. It is served by a Board of Directors, representing each affiliation from private business to local government, as well as two active committees: Networking and Manufacturing Talent/Rocks! Find us on the web, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

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