Advanced Manufacturing is a type of manufacturing that makes extensive use of computers, high precision and information technologies. Coupled with a high performance workforce, it is capable of producing small or large volumes with he efficiency of mass production and the flexibility of custom manufacturing in order to respond rapidly to customer demands.
Advanced Manufacturing represents $17 billion annually for Colorado. Between 2006 and 2011, Colorado’s manufacturing production increased 29%, well above the 11% national average.
Advanced manufacturers need workers who can succeed because they have foundational knowledge, specialized skills, portable production skills, and flexibility as well as adaptability in work habits.
CHAMP’s goals are to address these needs and provide students with access to high-demand jobs and high-wage opportunities.
The last decade saw severe manufacturing job losses in the U.S. as companies moved jobs overseas. Total employment in the industry fell from 13% to 9% in 2009 alone. Since 2008, 5,445 TAA (Trade Adjustment Assistance) eligible participants in Colorado lost manufacturing jobs. Of those, at least 196 are in Pueblo.
Along with TAA-Eligible workers across Colorado, CHAMP will also serve other adults, particularly women and veterans. CHAMP includes innovative, online learning systems, which will provide workers with the knowledge expected by manufacturers.
We recognize that many individuals may need additional support. In conjunction with the Pueblo Work Force Center and area employers, the CHAMP staff will work with students in selecting the appropriate manufacturing program, based on interest and aptitude, and provide retention and placement services, including internships.
CHAMP Instructional Designer
CHAMP Grant Manager
These certificates will be supplemented with training in skills such as leadership, effective verbal/written communication, professionalism, dependability, initiative, teamwork, and problem solving skills.