The Valley Occupational Learning and Technology (VOLT) Institute was named one of the top 3 programs in the Partnerships for Industry and Education award contest this year, and will be recognized at the 2019 California Economic Summitin Fresno November 7 – 8.
Students at two Stanislaus County schools will be training on cutting-edge equipment, thanks to a grant of nearly one million dollars received from the Economic Development Administration, a bureau within the United States Department of Commerce. The training is expected to save 453 jobs while creating at least 20 new positions.
The funding, allocated to VOLT Institute and Modesto Junior College (MJC), will be used for the purchase of equipment on par with machines used in industrial settings at local employers. David White, Chief Executive Officer of Opportunity Stanislaus, the organization responsible for conceptualizing VOLT Institute, knows the importance of high-tech equipment in the classroom. “The feedback we keep getting from employers is that our program is solid but that having equipment in the classroom similar to the machines students will be using in the field after graduation is essential to their success,” said White. “We are launching PLC training in our next class starting in October and this will allow us to add coursework from the nationally-recognized NIMS system to our offerings. We are especially excited to offer Amatrol’s popular mechatronics course.” READ MORE
“VOLT was a great opportunity. It has already opened up a ton of doors for me. The instruction at VOLT was hands-on and kept pace with students and the job placement assistance was beyond what any other college would do. Thanks to VOLT I no longer just have a job- I have a career.” – Austin Parker, VOLT graduate
Hughson Nut has supported the VOLT program from the beginning. Ag industries are part of the automation, robotics, and electrical technology that is a part of the industrial world today. The need to fill these jobs is now. Industry-supported education can supply and train for these career opportunities. -Martin Pohl, Owner, Hughson Nut Company
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CMTC works exclusively in the manufacturing sector. CMTC is one of fifty-one Centers across the nation in the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) National Network which is part of the U.S. Government’s effort to develop and deploy technology, management and technical expertise for SMMs focused on improving their productivity and global competitiveness. As a non-profit organization, CMTC’s mission is to serve as a trusted advisor to manufacturers providing solutions which will grow both their businesses and the California economy.