Sen. Art Linares Supporting Proposal Linking Community Colleges With Manufacturers

February 28, 2013
Sen. Art Linares listens to AeroCision CEO Andrew Gibson during his Feb. 27 tour of the Chester-based manufacturer.  Sen. Linares is backing a bill which would require input from local manufacturers to their area community-technical colleges as colleges develop and expand their manufacturing technology programs.

Sen. Art Linares listens to AeroCision CEO Andrew Gibson during his Feb. 27 tour of the Chester-based manufacturer. Sen. Linares is backing a bill which would require input from local manufacturers to their area community-technical colleges as colleges develop and expand their manufacturing technology programs.

Sen. Art Linares today submitted testimony in favor of a bill which would require input from local manufacturers to their area community-technical colleges as colleges develop and expand their manufacturing technology programs.

The bill, Senate Bill 476, An Act Requiring Input from Local Manufacturers in Developing Manufacturing Technology Programs at the Regional Community-Technical Colleges, was given a public hearing today in the state legislature’s Higher Education and Employment Advancement Committee. The bill has bipartisan support.

“Input from private sector job creators will ensure that the programs offered by the community colleges are in step with manufacturing industries’ demands,” Sen. Linares said. “We all want to help ensure that community-technical college students are best equipped for good jobs when they graduate. It makes a lot of sense to have that supply of graduates meeting the current demands of the manufacturing industry.”

On Feb. 27, Sen. Linares toured Chester-based manufacturer AeroCision with CEO Andrew Gibson. Sen. Linares, who serves on the legislature’s Commerce Committee and is a member of the bipartisan Manufacturing Caucus, met with company employees and learned about AeroCision’s operations during the hour-long visit.

“I am working to improve our state’s business environment so that small manufacturers like AeroCision can grow and retain jobs,” Sen. Linares said.

Sen. Linares plans to reach out to high schools and vocational-technical schools throughout the area to raise awareness about the rewards of choosing manufacturing careers.