Advanced manufacturing is a growing industry in Central Texas. For people who are interested in joining this industry and launching a productive career, Workforce Solutions Capital Area offers the Certified Production Technician program! Seven people participated in the latest cohort with Skillpoint Alliance and graduated on November 13, 2020.

The CPT program is funded by Texas Mutual Insurance Company and the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation, and offered by Workforce Solutions Capital Area in partnership with Austin Community College, Skillpoint Alliance, and the Austin Regional Manufacturers Association.

Students complete 6 weeks of virtual training at no cost. Upon graduation, students can earn an industry-recognized certificate and become ready to join a growing industry!

“The most enlightening thing about this are all the different skills I learned—a lot of things I was interested to learn about but never had the resources to begin,” said Brian Schwaegel, who next plans to apply at a semiconductor manufacturer.

Charles Willy, who moved to Austin from Rwanda, has always liked technology. “I started working at a technology company in Austin, but in a warehouse. I was curious about working in the clean room and wanted to know how to do that kind of work. With this course, I have learned that,” Charles said.

Instructor Justin Frost said, “It’s fun to challenge people to learn all these new terms and concepts. I love to see people grow and learn and become qualified candidates in this industry.”

Samsung Austin Semiconductor is a large employer in Austin’s semiconductor manufacturing industry. Some of their training team helped lead the instruction of the CPT program.

“We are excited to help you learn how to enter an industry that is rich with opportunities and look forward to seeing some of your smiling faces here and putting the CPT skills you worked so hard to earn to task here at Samsung!” Lois Tiller, Learning Operations Supervisor- Technical Training at Samsung Austin Semiconductor, said.

As manufacturing employers demand more skilled workers, Workforce Solutions Capital Area and partners like Skillpoint Alliance will help make the connection with training programs like CPT.

“The connection to employment is why what we do what we do. We are always working to ensure you have plenty of options to learn new skills and find employment,” said Weston Sythoff, Partnership Manager for Skillpoint Alliance.

Are you interested in learning new skills or starting a new career in a different industry? Workforce Solutions Capital Area offers no-cost trainings in many in-demand occupations. Contact us to explore eligibility and training opportunities!

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