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Multiquip Inc., College of Western Idaho, & the Idaho Department of Labor Jointly Create Local Welding Course


News Date: Mar 03, 2015
Author: Jon Williamson
Source: Multiquip Inc.

Carson, CA, (March 3, 2015) – Multiquip Inc., a diverse manufacturer and supplier of world class quality products and solutions recently worked with the College of Western Idaho (CWI) to create an eight week welding course that broadens the knowledge of current Multiquip employees and others to weld safely and professionally in the fast paced production environment.

Multiquip approached CWI last year to fill a skills gap in their workforce. Multiquip wanted to increase the welding knowledge base within their current employee base as well as creating a pool of skilled welders in Idaho. Jointly, the school and company came up with a targeted welding course that met both of these needs. The inaugural course had six Multiquip employees and two students sponsored by the Idaho Department of Labor as well as three employees from other Idaho companies.

The first graduates from the new workplace welding course completed the eight-week course on January 29th. The course is already showing benefits for the students and Multiquip as two Multiquip employees that completed the course have already attained promotions.

“CWI’s Workforce Development program was formed to support the continued training needs for evolving industries throughout western Idaho,” notes Christine Rood, Executive Director for CWI Workforce Development. “The collaboration with Multiquip ensured our course was directly filling the welding skills gap and provided opportunities for our students to gain marketable job skills.”

“This is a great example of how business, education and Labor can work together to create a talent pipeline of welders,” said Idaho Department of Labor Director Ken Edmunds. “The workforce needs of industry get filled and Idahoans gain new skills and higher wages.”

Phil D’Amato, Multiquip’s VP of HR & Chief Compliance Officer further commented, “This serves as a perfect example of how a private employer, an educational institution and a State Agency worked together. The hiring of qualified welders has been a challenge at Multiquip, and we were going with an in-house welder certification program. Through this unique collaborative effort, we were able to formalize the program and create a model for future classes thereby increasing the labor pool of qualified welders. This is truly a win-win-win opportunity”.

CWI will continue offering the course in its regular rotation of non-credit welding classes. The next class started on Feb. 23 and will run through April 15. For more information on CWI’s Workforce Development programs visit www.cwidaho.cc/wd

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About the College of Western Idaho
The College of Western Idaho is a public, open-access, and comprehensive community college committed to providing affordable access to quality teaching and learning opportunities to the residents of its service area in western Idaho. CWI has seven campus locations throughout Southwest Idaho providing higher education and 21st Century technical skills acquisition. The college is dedicated to improving the community’s economic well-being by responding with highly-educated and productive graduates. The foundation for the area’s only community college was created by a supermajority of voters in Ada and Canyon counties on May 22, 2007. For more information about the college, visit www.cwidaho.cc or call (208) 562-3000.

About Multiquip Inc.
Founded in 1973, Multiquip is one of the largest, most diversified manufacturers and suppliers of world class quality products and solutions for the construction, industrial, telecom, government, non-commercial, entertainment, and oil and gas exploration markets. Multiquip’s comprehensive product portfolio encompasses light to medium construction equipment, power generators and lighting. Servicing customers worldwide, Multiquip distributes its products in more than 70 countries through thousands of authorized distribution partners. For more information, please visit www.multiquip.com. To connect with Multiquip via Facebook, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/Multiquip .

For more information, please contact:
Jonathan Williamson
Multiquip Inc.
(310) 400-1452
jwilliamson@multiquip.com