Montgomery County Community College is playing a more active role to bridge the readiness gap between graduating high school students and potential employers.
“Trying to builds a pipeline of future, of specifically advanced manufacturing workers by reaching in to the high schools and the college doing more pathway planning with students,”
That’s Montgomery County Community College President, Doctor Karen Stout, who’s been involved in a piot program to develop students who want to segue way into one of several manufacturers in the Upper Perkiomen region. She says, for some employers, it’s not what students know, but how they act. Stout says, businesses are looking for high school grads with developed social skills who can effectively communicate and interact with co-workers.
Workforce development efforts in Upper Montgomery County have been given a thumbs up from the Secretary of the State Depart. of Community and Economic Development. Alan Walker met with representatives of the Upper Perkiomen Chamber of Commerce Thursday in East Greenville.
“You go in to a lot of communities and you meet people who have a passion for their community and they want their community to have a future and that’s what I got out of this group today. They love their community, they love their region, but they know they have to do some things if the region’s going to have a future.”
The Chamber is spearheading a regional development program called “Perk Up.” One of its goals is to have grads from the local high school be more prepared to take on available jobs at manufacturing companies in the region.
The Annual event is a celebration of fire prevention week. Despite the weather, hundreds of Township residents came out to learn about fire safety. The demonstrations included putting out a fire in a building as well as a simulated vehicle rescue. Chief Hayden Marriot says, events like this help the fire company recruit new members.
“We have applications for anyone who would like to be a volunteer. We always need people to in a variety of different ways.”
Other highlights of the open house were the canine search and rescue dogs, brought by the Volunteer Medical Service Corps of Lansdale.
Just last week, Merck announced it would cut 85-hundred jobs. Now, Israeli drug manufacturer, Teva, will eliminate five-thousand jobs. Teva’s U-S headquarters is located in Montgomery Township. Teva has nearly 7,000 U-S employees. The company has over 700 employees working in Montgomery Township. Teva announced in the spring that it would close its Bucks County facility in West Rockhill. The company will save 2-billion dollars by 2017 through the job cuts. It’s not known how many local employees will be impacted by the job cuts.