Progress through Partnerships: Collaborations to Build the Workforce

Mar 18, 2018, 11:43 AM by Alexis Gilbert

Collaborations to build the workforce

Dawn Foods Foundation recently awarded a grant in the amount of $17,439.30 to the Moberly Area Community College Foundation. Pictured above is Frank Shipley, Dawn Foods Mexico Plant Manager and Dr. Jeff Lashley, MACC President. 

The award will be used to purchase start-up equipment for a skills training lab in order to add a training program at the MACC Mexico campus. Mechatronics, an advanced manufacturing training program, combines mechanical and electrical training to produce a technician capable of trouble-shooting throughout the production process. This award will greatly benefit this united community effort to create a pathway to skilled local jobs.  Individuals trained for these skilled local jobs will gain career–level skills and earn great wages in a high-growth industry.

The establishment of this training program is a result of community partnership and in response to an identified need in the Mexico community. A group consisting of local manufacturers, Chamber of Commerce, city, county and state officials, public school administration, MACC administration, and MACC instructors was formed to address the lack of a skilled workforce locally and to determine training needs.  MACC’s mechatronics and maintenance curriculum along with advanced machining and welding training were identified as critical needs. MACC can provide both the entry-level production and mid-level maintenance training in their Mexico facility. 

As additional funding is secured, MACC will establish a fully-equipped Mechatronics lab in the industrial lab space at the MACC Mexico site.  MACC expects to start small and grow over a three to four-year period using multiple funding sources. Local manufacturers have offered to build some equipment and provide materials and supplies. Helping the citizens of Audrain County to earn living wages in readily-available jobs within their community is the ultimate goal.

Local partners include the following: Mexico Chamber of Commerce; Fluid Power Support; Dawn Foods; Spartan Light Metal Products; Teva Pharmaceuticals; Hubbell Power Systems, Inc.; Tool Tech LLC; Zenith Aircraft Company; True Manufacturing; Target Aluminum; HarbisonWalker International Refractory Products (HWI); Continental Products; Moberly Area Community College; Mexico Public Schools; Audrain County Commission; Missouri Department of Economic Development; and Missouri Chamber of Commerce.

MACC is a public community college established by state statute to serve the 16 counties of northeast Missouri. The college, founded in 1927, is now a multi-site college offering classes at six locations as well as online, virtual, and dual credit classes.

Dawn Foods is committed to serving and improving the communities their nearly 4,500 team members call home. From volunteering their time and talents to providing financial support, the Dawn Foods Foundation invests in the communities where they have facilities and offices. With a focus on essential health, education and community improvements, they support their team members in their efforts to give back.

MACC and the Mexico community greatly appreciate the generosity of Dawn Foods and are so glad Mexico is one of the places they call home.

Moberly Area Community College Foundation