Thanks to a grant offered through the state of Minnesota, Northfield circuit manufacturers will be receiving extra training at South Central College in Faribault.
On Friday, SCC and All Flex Flexible Circuits signed a grant from The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) to address regional training needs.
DEED has awarded SCC a Minnesota Job Skills Partnership (MJSP) grant valued at $48,943. The grant will be used to teach 80 All Flex Flexible Circuits employees so the company is able to reduce operational costs as well as to continue to grow.
All Flex Flexible Circuits is located in Northfield, and according to president Greg Closser, the company focuses on building circuits for medical, industrial and military use.
The flexible circuit is a growing field that is often outsourced. In order to stay up to date with practices, All Flex employees need to be trained in a variety of different fields.
Because of the grant money, SCC will be able to teach All Flex’s employees these important skills. Employees of the company will be going through a curriculum that offers courses on basic statistics, root cause analysis, measurement systems analysis and design of experiment, among other things.
Closser explained that, by taking courses at SCC, his employees and company will be able to keep current and be competitive in the industry. He said that, although keeping machines updated is key in remaining competitive in the field, it is also important to have knowledgeable workers.
Tom Kammer, the manufacturing consultant for the Center for Business and Industry at SCC, said that this grant is not only important to the employees that are learning from courses, but it also benefits the school. He said by offering these courses for All Flex Flexible Circuits, the school gets to learn and create more curriculum to aid others in the future.