The Minidoka County School District will use a $25,000 micro-grant from the Idaho Department of Labor to provide skilled workers for manufacturing companies in Minidoka and Cassia counties.
Training will be offered as a two-year program to high school juniors and seniors at Minico High School and will include basic knowledge of welding, electrical wiring, centrifugal and positive displacement pumps, using basic hand and power tools, reading blueprints, safety procedures and soft skills. The classroom setting will be supplemented by lab and worksite training at partner companies.
Training will also be provided to a limited number of existing workers to upgrade their skills. Instructors will include teachers from Minico High School, the College of Southern Idaho instructors and industry professionals.
Upon completion, students can choose to transition to full-time employment or pursue additional education through apprenticeship programs or postsecondary education. Existing workers will average a wage increase of $5 an hour.
Partners providing $51,610.26 cash or in-kind support include Minidoka County School District, Amalgamated Sugar Co., Transystems, McCain Foods, High Desert Milk, Performix and Norwest Manufacturing.
The micro-grant program, approved by the Idaho Workforce Development Council and funded through the Idaho Workforce Development Training Fund, provides up to $25,000 per grant to local and rural communities for workforce development projects on a smaller scale than the traditional projects. Approved projects must increase employment and wages of a community’s workforce or assist in stemming the out-migration of youth and young adult workers from Idaho communities.
A complete description of criteria can be found at http://labor.idaho.gov/WDTFmicrogrants. Applications are reviewed and approved by a panel of representatives from business, education, economic development and the Idaho Department of Labor.