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Manufacturing Industry Updates

Group Receives $1 Million to Train Military Personnel for Careers in Advanced Manufacturing


LIFT, the Detroit-based, Department of Defense-supported national manufacturing innovation institute, said it will receive $1 million in funding through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act to reskill/upskill civilian workers impacted by COVID-19.

The award will enable LIFT to expand its Operation Next program to provide training to 250 workers in CNC machine operations, industrial technology maintenance, welding and robotics in Detroit and Pittsburgh. Operation Next is a manufacturing-focused training and credentialing initiative for separating military personnel.

“We have seen this pandemic drastically impact our nation’s manufacturing base, particularly small and medium-sized manufacturers, and it is up to institutes like ours, along with our partners in the public and private sectors, to help get these businesses and their workers back on track as the nation emerges from shutdowns,” said Nigel Francis, LIFT CEO and executive director. “Operation Next is one of our most successful and impactful programs, and we are proud to expand it to industry.”

The funding provides critical support to individuals and employers as the post-pandemic economy emerges and the need for new technologies and processes grows, LIFT said. The institute said it will engage with small and medium manufacturers through Catalyst Connection, a Pennsylvania manufacturing extension partnership, and the Workforce Intelligence Network for Southeast Michigan.


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