James had a good job as a food processor, but when the recession hit, he lost this position. His resources were quickly diminishing and James knew he needed to increase his skills to find a new job.


James contacted the Cincinnati-Hamilton County Community Action Agency and learned that their Workforce Development program offered a unique Cincinnati Manufacturing Certificates course. This is a free training course offered to qualified individuals seeking to sharpen their skills and obtain national credentials from the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council. The course equips participants with Production Technician Certificates and improves skills and knowledge in nine different sought-after manufacturing sub-industries.

“James enrolled in the program where he excelled, maintaining an excellent record and achieving a Gold Level National Career Readiness Certificate on his WorkKeys assessment and gaining the full Certified Production Technician credentials,” said Steve Schumacher who manages the program for CAA. “He showed great leadership during the training, assisting other trainees and becoming the go-to problem solver within his training group.” These qualities came to the attention of a large metal manufacturer looking to hire a supervisor for their annealing facility. James was offered the position and now has a stable career with good pay and benefits thanks to Cincinnati-Hamilton County Community Action Agency’s CMC program.

For more information about Community Action programs in your area, visit www.oacaa.org. Note, not all Community Action Agencies offer job training programs.

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