Troy Gayler of Redlands, CA, was getting close to exhausting his unemployment benefits when he learned about Technical Employment Training, Inc. which had received $190,000 of Workforce Investment Act (WIA) funds from the San Bernardino Workforce Investment Board.
“When I first came to TET, they promised me two things: we will get you certified in high-tech machining and we will place you in a job,” Gayler said.
A 501(c) 3 business-education cooperative, TET provides each student with 630 hours of On-the-Job Training to earn two National Institute for Metalworking Skills Machining Level 1 Certifications. Funding from the San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board helped students with gas cards and bus passes and TET provided tools and textbooks.
Skilled machinists are in strong demand by local manufacturers as many skilled workers in this field are nearing retirement age.
Outcomes & Benefits
Gayler was unable to attend graduation at TET because he was starting his new job at Sierra Aluminum that same week.
“TET gave me a second chance and a new career,” he said.
Thirty-one students completed the program in December 2010, and 27 of these students have been placed into jobs or have pending job offers from local employers. The direct return on investment to the government in federal and state taxes is estimated at nearly $300,000 in just one year.