Posted: Friday, June 16, 2017
Media Contact: RVC Public Relations, 815-921-4510
Rock Valley College recently received a $25,000 donation from the Fastener Education Foundation in support of the College’s Cold Forming Training Center. The check was presented to RVC officials at the Fastener Industry Summit on Wednesday, June 7, in Rosemont, IL.
“On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Fastener Education Foundation, our supporters and the industry, I was pleased to present Rock Valley College with a $25,000 check to support the implementation of the Cold Forming program,” said Phil Johnson, President & CEO of ContMid Group LLC. “We look forward to a long relationship with the College and eagerly await the graduates from the program to join the industry.”
Rock Valley College’s Cold Forming Training Center graduated its first class of cold header operators on May 25. The five graduates completed a 12-week training course, which included 30 hours of job readiness. All five graduates successfully passed the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) Machining Level 1 Skills Standard, earning a credential in Measurement, Materials & Safety. Two of the graduates were already employed in the fastener industry and are now applying their new skills to their current jobs, while the other three graduates are currently in the interview process with local fastener companies.
Since its inception, RVC’s Cold Forming Training Center has received tremendous local and national support from the industry in the form of financial and equipment donations.
“We feel very fortunate for the overwhelming donations we have and continue to receive in support of the Cold Forming Training Center,” said Bernie Luecke, Director of Business Development for RVC. “It is quite evident that the fastener industry needs the training we are offering and we feel honored that Rock Valley College is a viable solution to the workforce issues they are facing. Fastener companies from all over the country are inquiring about hiring our graduates, sending employees to the training, and customizing a curriculum for their headers. It is very exciting for our team to be part of a project that has such a positive impact not only locally and regionally, but nationally.”
“The members of the Industrial Fastener Institute are facing a critical and universal challenge across the base of our membership,” said Preston Boyd, Chairman of the Industrial Fastener Institute. “We all have high-earning jobs available, but we are struggling to find workers with the right technical skills to fill these lucrative positions. Partnering with Rock Valley College and the new Cold [Forming] Training Center could not have come at a more opportune time for the IFI. Our members want to, and need to partner with RVC to help accelerate the growth of potential employees for the fastener industry.”
Phil Johnson, Director/Former President of the Fastener Education Foundation presents a $25,000 check to Jim Ryan, Vice President & COO of Rock Valley College in support of RVC’s Cold Forming Training Center as Dave Booker, Training Specialist (left) and Bernie Luecke, Director (right) of the Cold Forming Training Center look on.