Community groups come together to promote manufacturing class

ALBION — A group of community organizations convened recently to plan the promotion of Noble County’s second Manufacturing Entry Training Academy class, which is expected to be held early next year.

META is designed to give people with little or no manufacturing experience the tools to begin a good-paying, successful career in manufacturing, according to the Noble County Economic Development Corp.

The free, 42-hour course covers entry-level topics, including: work ethic; diversity; safety; teamwork; quality; problem solving; and an introduction to manufacturing processes. Those who complete the course will land interviews with employers.

Representatives from Northeast Indiana Works, the Noble County EDC, Common Grace Ministries, Noble House Ministries, United Way of Noble County, Life and Family Services, Washington Township and the Dekko Foundation attended the recent planning meeting.

The meeting addressed how to overcome common obstacles among some job seekers, such as transportation and child care, as well as developing a plan to boost interest in the META class.

The META program gives participants an opportunity to enhance their skills and income, and it strengthens Noble County’s economy, which relies heavily on a manufacturing sector that lately has had difficulty finding workers, according to the Noble County EDC.

“At Common Grace Ministries, our mission is to meet immediate needs, mitigate future needs and empower independence in the name of Christ,” said Angie Kidd, executive director of Common Grace Ministries. “We are very excited about the META program and believe it will become an integral part of our ability to meet that mission.

“Not only will participants have the potential to gain economic freedom, but also a sense of self-worth and accomplishment that may be new to them,” she said. “They may, perhaps for the first time, feel as if they have found their place as a person of value in our community.”

Contact the WorkOne Northeast career center in Kendallville at 599-1000 or visit noblecountyedc.com/nobleup for more information.