Calhoun partners with Kohler Co. on workforce initiative

The three-year initiative will cover scholarships, skills training and more

Calhoun Community College is partnering with Kohler Co. on a three-year workforce initiative.

The partnership will cover high school and college scholarships, college and workforce readiness support, mentorships and internships, skills training and financial literacy.

“The ultimate goal of this partnership is to reach young people at an early age and begin framing their minds to focus on their natural-born skills, likes and hobbies that can later translate into a job they can perform in the workforce,” said John Holley, Calhoun dean of technologies.

Currently, the partnership is benefitting Calhoun’s machine tool technology program. “We use the latest technology in our machine shops that include computerized numerical controls to handle jobs. There is a strong demand for machinists right now and many companies, such as NASA, Boeing, ULA, Brown Precision Inc. and TVA are desperately seeking to fill those positions,” said Holley.

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Laura Kohler, senior vice president of human resources of Kohler Co., said, “We understand how critical education and training are when it comes to opening up opportunities for young people so that they have choices about where they want to take their future, and we are honored to work alongside community partners to make the biggest impact for these young people.”

Founded in 1873 in Wisconsin, Kohler Co. has more than 40,000 associates across its 50 manufacturing locations worldwide, including its subsidiary, K&B Americas in Huntsville.

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