Grant to fund work skills program

PORT ANGELES — Peninsula College has secured a $32,874 grant to fund a job skills program with Port Angeles-based custom boat builder, Brix Marine.

The employee training, which will be provided by the nonprofit Impact Washington, will create structured learning approaches to increase the skills of Brix’s existing workforce.

The ultimate aim of the program is to reduce the time needed to upskill new employees and to decrease turnover rates.

“Our production supervisors are top craftsmen in their trades, and we want to support their career development as they learn to manage the up-and-coming workforce,” said Cordelia Aud, human resources manager at Brix Marine.

“Brix strives to be the employer of choice in our community, and this training is an important part of our mission.”

This is the third grant that Brian Kneidl, the college’s associate dean for workforce programs, has secured from Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges.

The other two grants supported similar programs at the McKinley Paper Company’s Port Angeles mill.

The board offers grants to fund workforce training for employers of all sizes.

For more information, both for employers and potential students, call Kneidl at 36-417-6263, email bkneidl@pencol.edu or visit www.pencol.edu.

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