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IowaWorks Provides Manufacturing Training

By: Nikki Newbrough, KWWL
Date Published: Thursday, June 07, 2012
 

CEDAR FALLS - A new program through IowaWorks allows anyone willing to do hard work to get an introduction to manufacturing. Only eight people have earned jobs so far thanks to this program.

"I assemble certain things. I do a lot of moving with forklifts," said Tanaha Pettit, Bruns Machine employee.

For six months Pettit has been working at Bruns Machine in Cedar Falls proving herself every step of the way.

"I think I can hang with the big boys and I move about as fast as they do, sometimes faster and that makes me feel good," said Pettit.

It hasn't been an easy road for Pettit. It was just last September when she got out of prison. Pettit spent two years at the Mitchellville Penitentiary for selling drugs.

"Thought I had the upper hand while I was in prison because I took all these classes, treatment, I had resume courses. I really thought I had the upper hand," said Pettit.

It thanks to the Manufacturing Careers Certificate provided by IowaWorks Cedar Valley she has turned her life around.

"We put her to work and even though she didn't have much experience she did a great job for us and we decided to hire her full time," said Joel Kolker, General Manager.

The program was put in place to help manufactures find hard working employable people. It's just four, four hour classes.
"Granted it's just a kindergarten taste. You're not coming out as a skilled welder, but you have gotten exposed to it, you have proven yourself and now the manufactures are willing to take you further," said Jeanie Wright, IowaWorks Director.

After you take the four classes with 100 percent attendance you will be partnered up with a manufacturer like Bruns Machine.

"You try him out. He tries you out and the expectation is at the end of 160 hours you hire him," said Wright.

"I had to change my life. I had no choice so that program has really saved my life," said Pettit.

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