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Florida Manufacturing Career Fair at Palm Beach State College April 22

Local manufacturers hope to find qualified job candidates at the Florida Manufacturing Career Fair on Wednesday, April 22 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Palm Beach State College’s Public Safety Conference Center on the Lake Worth campus, 4200 Congress Ave. The career fair is free and open to the public. Veterans with ID may enter the fair early, from 9:30 to 10 a.m.

More than 25 hiring manufacturers are expected, representing industries ranging from electronics and marine to health care and cosmetics. Exhibiting employers include Biomet 3i, Cintas, E-Z Weld, Gold Coast Linen Services, Manpower, NWL, Oxygen Development, Sancilio & Company, SolarTech Universal and Viking Yachts. Attendees can speed the process of meeting employers on the day of the fair by registering in advance with the Employ Florida Marketplace at www.EmployFlorida.com.

Florida Manufacturing Career Fairs will be held across the entire state on April 22, as part of the Florida TRADE Consortium’s statewide “Drive to 1,000” campaign to place 1,000 Florida TRADE students and others into advanced manufacturing jobs by April 1, 2016.

PBSC Welding Students
PBSC Welding students build skills for careers in advanced manufacturing.

Palm Beach State is a member of the Florida TRADE Consortium, a coalition of 13 state and community colleges with the mission to develop and deliver accelerated technical training programs for jobs in advanced manufacturing. The training programs are funded by a U.S. Department of Labor TAACCCT grant awarded in 2012.

Palm Beach State’s manufacturing-related programs and courses provide new and experienced workers with skills and industry certifications that are in demand in Florida and nationwide. At the fair, attendees can learn about PBSC training in various advanced manufacturing areas, including welding, machining, AutoCAD, OSHA 30 and Six Sigma Green and Black Belt. Advanced manufacturing defines the new way manufacturing is done, integrating computerized data, automation, robotics and other technologies for improved efficiencies and products. As a result, advanced manufacturing jobs are high skill and high wage.

“We’re turning out students who are helping a variety of manufacturers grow,” says Rick Reeder, associate dean for the College’s Trade and Industry division. “As workers acquire the skills needed by local manufacturers, our community benefits by the increased employment and accompanying wages. We are proud of Palm Beach State’s contribution in providing the training needed to fill these important jobs.”

Palm Beach State College has joined with CareerSource Palm Beach County, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, the Manufacturers Association of Florida, and the South Florida Manufacturers Association to host the Florida Manufacturing Career Fair at the College.

To learn more about the fair, visit www.palmbeachstate.edu/AdvancedManufacturingGrant  or call 561-868-3864. For more information about the Florida TRADE Consortium, visit www.FLTrade.org.

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