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Lamar Community College partners with Colorado Mills on vocational training – Lamar Ledger
Lamar Community College partners with Colorado Mills on vocational training – Lamar Ledger

Lamar Community College recently partnered with Colorado Mills, a major agricultural manufacturing company in the community, to implement an innovative training program for 30 Colorado Mills employees. (Photo courtesy)

Lamar Community College recently partnered with Colorado Mills, a prominent agricultural manufacturing company in the community, to implement an innovative training program for 30 Colorado Mills employees.

This initiative, made possible by the Skill Advance Colorado grant, represents an important step in promoting local economic development and strengthening businesses in the region.

Jointly administered by the Colorado Community College System and the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade, Skill Advance Colorado provides funding opportunities through customized training to businesses that partner with community colleges. The grants fund short-term training to upskill, reskill and upskill workers in a wide range of basic and technical skills.

The partnership between LCC and Colorado Mills demonstrates the effectiveness of the Skill Advance Colorado program. LCC recognized a critical need for basic electrical and motor control training and developed a customized program that directly addresses the company’s challenges.

“Lamar Community College is honored to be at the forefront of local workforce training through the implementation of customized programs supported by the Skill Advance Colorado grant. This initiative underscores our commitment to customized training solutions as we seek to promote workforce skills development while helping businesses in our region achieve greater stability and growth,” said Dr. Rosana Reyes, LCC President.

Colorado Mills, a producer of high-quality sunflower oil for human consumption and animal feed, frequently relied on outside electrician assistance, resulting in significant costs and potential production delays. Given the importance of addressing these challenges, the training program focused on providing employees with essential skills so they could effectively perform basic electrical maintenance and motor control tasks.

The training plan, which began with classroom sessions in the LCC CTE building on April 24-25 and May 1-2, 2024, covered electrical terminology, diagram interpretation, and reading equipment labels. This theoretical foundation was complemented by hands-on training with electrical trainers programmed to resemble the motors found in the manufacturing and refinery warehouses. Each employee received a workbook to reinforce the knowledge gained during the training sessions and ensure skills were retained and applied in practice.

Companies seeking to increase the performance and competitiveness of their workforce can contact LCC’s Human Resources Development Department, Courtney Morris at Lamar Community College ([email protected] or 719-336-1527) for assistance in assessing training needs, developing grant applications, and conducting training.

For general information about the Skill Advance program, visit https://cccs.edu/workforce-development/employer-resources/skill-advance-colorado-grants/.

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