Humphrey is known for our innovation and commitment to the development of the most efficient products possible. However, we are also committed to the people who make our products as well as the newer generations of skilled workers who are seeking a job in the manufacturing industry. The manufacturing sector is continuously growing and we at Humphrey understand the importance of preparing people for this thriving industry.
We have been actively developing opportunities to prepare future employees with our involvement in the Advanced Manufacturing Career Consortium. Since 2011, more than 70 southwestern Michigan manufacturers and organizations meet to develop strategies to train and recruit good candidates for the manufacturing industry. The future success of manufacturing depends on the recruitment of motivated students to choose this career path and also provide quality training to adequately prepare the students for a job in manufacturing. The Michigan Manufacturing Association featured Humphrey and discussed how we are linking our past to the future with these endeavors.
One of the results of the Advanced Manufacturing Career Consortium initiatives was the creation of the Production Technician Academy. This is a segment of the Kalamazoo Valley Groves Center and is a hands-on program designed to teach new technicians on a variety of electrical and mechanical equipment. Another goal of the Production Technician Academy is to provide various types of certified safety training. At the end of the program technicians are expected to have the skills to maintain a safe work area, equipment, tools, and workstations. The technician will receive a Transcript of Competencies and a Certificate of Completion. The Certificate of Completion is from either Kalamazoo Valley Community College or Glen Oaks Community College. Students can use The Transcript of Competencies as a reference for their skills in future interviews.