BPCC and manufacturers team up to create pipeline of workers

BOSSIER CITY, La. (KSLA) – The manufacturing industry has not been exempt from the hiring struggles of many across the country in recent years.

Now, a program to train new young manufacturing workers will begin this fall at Bossier Parish Community College.


For those wishing to apply for the NWLA FAME apprenticeship program, there will be an open house on June 1 with two sessions available, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Both sessions will take place in Building L on the BPCC campus, 6220 E. Texas St. in Bossier City.

“One of the biggest challenges for us is finding local talent with maintenance and repair experience to meet the needs of our manufacturing site,” Douglas Bridges, facilities manager at Prolec GE, said in a statement. Press.

“Without a new pool of technicians, manufacturers in this field may not be able to operate over the long term. Maintenance technicians are key players in the manufacturing process; they maintain the operation of the equipment.

The BPCC program will accept 15 students through the Northwest Louisiana Chapter of the Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education (NWLA FAME). Students will take courses on campus and work as apprentices for one of the six manufacturing companies involved.

NWLA FAME chapter members include Benteler Steel/Tube, Frymaster, Maxim Watermakers, Music Mountain Water, Prolec GE, Ternium USA, Bossier Parish Community College (BPCC), and the North Louisiana Economic Partnership (NLEP).

There is also program in Natchitoches, La.

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