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BDI Holds RENEW Information Sessions

For Immediate Release


BDI Holds RENEW Information Sessions

Registration open for September Class

  BURKE COUNTY, N.C. (July 15, 2013) – Burke Development, Inc. will hold four RENEW Information Sessions to give potential participants an opportunity to learn more about the program and register for the September class. The Information Sessions will be held Tuesday, July 23 and Monday, August 5 at 9:00am and 6:00pm each day in Room 212 at the Foothills Higher Education Center located at 2128 South Sterling Street in Morganton.   RENEW is a 96-hour course that prepares participants for an entry level position in manufacturing. The class is free for anyone unemployed or underemployed. Classes are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the mornings (from 9am to 12pm) and in the evenings (from 6pm to 9pm). Participants choose between the morning or evening class.   BDI partners with local manufacturing employers for the program, which allows graduates of the program the opportunity to meet with these employers who regard the RENEW program as an advantage on someone’s resume.   The outlook for the manufacturing sector is positive as approximately 2.7 million manufacturing employees will retire over the next decade leaving a significant demand for a new, more highly skilled workforce.   “The RENEW program continues to be a resource for our employers,” said Scott Darnell, BDI President. “We look forward to starting the next class and being able to prepare more Burke County citizens for the modern manufacturing environment.”   The course covers such topics Six Sigma, Lean Manufacturing, ISO 9000, CNC Machining and Metrology. Participating companies include Sypris, American Roller Bearing, Continental, Caterpillar, Marves, Packaging Corporation of America, Cherokee Manufacturing, Toner Machining, Kellex, BSN Medical, SpartaCraft, Environmental Inks/Siegwerk, Master Workholding, Leviton and Valdese Weavers.   The next RENEW class begins September 3. To register, participants must be at least 18 years old. For registration information contact Alona Forney at 828.448.5299. For additional information about Project RENEW please visit www.burkedevinc.com/renew.   About Project RENEW Project RENEW is a unique, workforce development program supported by a grant from the North Carolina Department of Commerce. The program is a 96-hour course that prepares graduates for an entry level position in manufacturing. Participants can choose between the morning (9:00am-12:00pm) and evening (6:00-9:00pm) class. Classes are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Participants must also complete an HRD class in addition to the 96-hour course.   About Burke Development, Inc. Burke Development, Inc. (BDI) is a nonprofit organization supported by private and public funding that is charged with accelerating economic growth in Burke County. BDI works with industry leaders, site selection consultants, government agencies and other entities to facilitate expansion strategies for existing businesses and recruit target industries to Burke County. For more information about BDI visit www.BurkeDevInc.com.  


  Contact: Sara Chester 828.674.3141

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