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College Alliance for Advanced Manufacturing Reviews

Since 2006, we’ve been resolving the employee skills gap holding back Florida manufacturers. Find out why Florida manufacturers and colleges love to collaborate with the College Alliance for Advanced Manufacturing (CAAM).

"The Mechatronics training classes helped Monin decrease machinery down-time, find new efficiencies, increase productivity and reduce operating cost."

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"Cross-training our maintenance and production staff builds confidence, drives continuous improvement and enables them to implement solutions based on a holistic approach for our business."

Mike Brewster, Vice President-Plant Operations, Monin

"The class was great! "

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"The hands on the last two days was really beneficial and interesting. I'm sure we will see each other again since I have numerous courses to take in order to qualify for an upgrade. I’ll send you a list of my requirements and maybe could assist with times and dates of courses offered. I sure could use an advocate like CAAM to help me navigate this process!"

Neil Johnson, City of Largo Maintenance

"I am forever grateful to Polk State and the Florida Trade Grant!"

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"After leaving the Air Force as a member of their Security Forces (Military Police), I’ve had difficulty finding employment anywhere outside of private security details and bouncing gigs at local bars and entertainment establishments. Despite years of blue collar work on farms and ranches out west, I had nothing to show potential employers my level of mechanical aptitude. Mr. Dube explained the benefits of having these certifications that I could receive after completing the CPT “Bootcamp” at Polk State College and it seemed too good to be true. But, after a very intense 3 weeks, not only did I receive my OSHA 30 and become a Certified Production Technician, I earned 15 credits towards an engineering degree! Before I could even sign up for classes I received a call from Owens Corning. I guess Mr. Dube sent them my resume after I finished the program. After two interviews I started working Full-Time as a Hot-End Operator making $17/ Hour… I am forever grateful to Polk State and the Florida Trade Grant!"

Tyler Schreiber, CPT

"…we are very grateful for this opportunity to partner with both CAAM on our skills assessment initiative/gap analysis and our training objectives for 2015/2016…"

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"…this will align us in the right direction going forward and also provide advancement opportunities for our employees… …we look forward to a bright future with a successful outcome through this partnership… …Thank you CAAM!.. "

Don Chrosniak, Training and Risk Manager- Tampa Armature Works (TAW)

" I went from no income to bring home $900 - $1000 per week paychecks. I am forever grateful to Polk Works, Polk State College, and Gary Marker for allowing me the opportunity to participate in the CPT program. "

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"After completing my CPT training at Polk State College I was offered a job working with MaxPak Fulfillment Center. I went from no income to bring home $900 - $1000 per week paychecks. I am forever grateful to Polk Works, Polk State College, and Gary Marker for allowing me the opportunity to participate in the CPT program. I cannot adequately express my gratitude and the sense of pride I feel in knowing that I can now provide for my family. Please feel free to share my testimonial with future students so that they will believe in the program and strive for excellence. "

Tyrone A. Simpson, CPT

"The better people get along, the better they work together, the more productive they are. "

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"And that makes my life easier as a manager."

James Moore, Director of Operations, Cardio Command Inc.

"The reason this program has worked is because it recognizes the need and is fulfilling that need."

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Art Hoelke, Vice President and Manager, Knight’s Armament

"The CPT certification provides individuals with employment advantages in the advanced manufacturing industry."

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"Florida's Natural believes so strongly in the value of the CPT national certification that we include it on our employment application, "CPT preferred". The CPT provides us with the confidence that the prospective employee has the foundational skill set necessary to function as an effective member of our team. With the need for skilled people at an all time high, we applaud the initiative of individuals to take a proactive position in regard to their own employment opportunities. "

Carl Kelly, Chilled Unit Manager, Florida’s Natural

"Speaking for myself, I feel the course agenda for Precision Maintenance was very thorough and on topic for the course description."

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"It allowed the students to actually use many of the instruments that are used in precision maintenance, rather than just discussing them. The instructor has in depth and actual "hands on" experience in the field that exceeded my expectations. Subjects covered included; tools used for precision maintenance (I.E. calipers, micrometers, dial indicators, vibration analyzers etc.) Formulas for calculating horsepower, RPM, torque, etc, as well as equipment diagnostics were a few of the many topics discussed. Overall I thought the course was suiting for our needs and would recommend that others attend. We since have purchased some of the tools discussed in the class to begin practicing better precision maintenance at the plant. "

Garry Rice, Maintenance- City of Largo Public Works

"We desire for all of our employees to have a CPT."

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"In 2008 Mosaic Corporation launched two new Trade & Craft Apprenticeship programs (certified under Fla. DOE), the Electrical, Instrumentation and Automation (EIA) craft and the Millwright/Mechanic (MWT) craft. Mosaic recognized that the MSSC Certified Production Technician (CPT) certificate was an important prerequisite for their apprentices since it certified a very broad range of competencies across a wide spectrum of manufacturing functions, assuring that the apprentice candidates could start their journey with a common set of skills. "

Monica Schulz, Manager HR, Mosaic Bartow Operations

"The programs offered by Polk State College are a game changer for any company, large or small. "

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"They provide tailored, state of the art training that truly develops your workforce to handle the ever growing technology. Since I moved to the Tampa facility, I am excited about the partnership created with the College Alliance for Advanced Manufacturing (CAAM). If you want to your company to succeed and have sustained growth, you need to partner with CAAM."

Jake Zedrick, The Coca-Cola Company

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