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LIFT announces first graduating students from "Operation Next" program

Friday, January 12, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Nancy Molenda
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Program provides education and training opportunities in high-demand advanced manufacturing jobs for separating military

DETROIT – LIFT – Lightweight Innovations For Tomorrow, a Manufacturing USA institute, today announced the first group of soldiers to graduate from its “Operation Next” Advanced Manufacturing Certification Program, including its very first graduate Tim Short – a soldier who has returned home to Michigan after serving 8 years in the U.S. Army.

“Many transitioning soldiers feel they have no marketable skills from their time in the military which will translate into careers in the civilian world,” Short said. “’Operation Next’ not only gives them the opportunity to learn in-demand skills and certifications but also can assist them in landing the much needed job to make their transition smooth and painless.”

“Operation Next” is designed to provide military service members the opportunity to pursue industry-driven education and skills development during their transition period prior to separation, earning nationally recognized industry credentials in some of the most in-demand advanced manufacturing jobs in the country. This includes precision machining and industrial technology in which more than a half million jobs are currently available.

Upon completion of the program, participants earn national credentials based on industry standards from the National Institute for Metalworking Skills for critical functions in Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Machining or Industrial Technology Maintenance (ITM). More...