FALLS CITY – Beckie Cromer of Falls City EDGE told county commissioners Tuesday she is confident the new Southeast Community College learning center will provide workforce solutions for Richardson County.
Cromer: “It’s very beneficial because we have people that don’t have the skills to match our employer needs, so we worked really hard to get programming there that is going to have students going through that allows them to be job-ready and skills-ready for our industries in the region.”
The 10,000-square-foot training facility will address workforce shortages in health care and manufacturing.
Cromer: “I’m very confident it will provide workforce solutions. We know that the health care lab has the equipment that is necessary. We are working on getting equipment for the manufacturing lab, so those inputs are being garnered by getting input from the industries.”
Cromer also reported on the success of the second annual manufacturing day, where three of the county’s schools visited six industries.
Cromer: “It’s just our efforts of exposing kids to industry, or industrial park, what kind of jobs are available, anywhere from directly out of high school to the workforce to two-year and four-year degrees – they are all needed in our industrial park.”
Falls City EDGE has previously organized a 60-hour welding class, the Falls City Schools are offering career academies.