Employed Worker Training

The Collaborative’s third area of focus when working with manufacturers is to help strengthen the manufacturing community through employed worker training.  By investing in employee skill development we help workers advance their careers while helping companies stay competitive and grow in a global marketplace.

Employee Training Assistance Fund

Grant funding is available to train employed manufacturing workers through an Employee Training Assistance Fund.  To apply for funds or receive more information, choose the appropriate link to access this resource in your region:

Portland          SW Washington          Clackamas County

Accelerate to Machining Course

This course is targeting manufacturing employees that a company would like to transition into machining positions.  The course is scheduled for Tuesday and Thursday evenings, 5pm – 10pm, September 30-January 22 at Clark College in Vancouver.  The course is grant subsidized and offered at reduced cost.

The coursework will consist of 140 hours of combined theory and foundational skills, learned in the classroom with hands-on, applied manual and CNC skills developed in the lab. Examples of skill competencies taught in the program include: CNC Drilling, Editing G-code, Turning & Facing Operations, Speed & Feed calculations and more.

Detailed Course Information and Registration Instructions


Lean Enterprise Certificate

Impact Washington has partnered with the Collaborative to help companies and participating trainees acquire the Lean Body of Knowledge and prepare completers to function as internal Lean Champions and help implement continuous improvement methodology within their companies. The Lean Enterprise Certification Program (LECP) body of knowledge was created by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME). NIST MEP (Impact Washington) is the sole delivery partner for SME.

Impact Washington has developed curriculum comprising of 32 hours of classroom and 24 hours of project application. A three-hour test from SME is administered at the end of the program giving participants a certificate of completion.  This course is projected to begin in September.

To register employees for the course contact:

Kristin Kautz
Impact Washington
(360) 241-5135

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