Governor Hassan Visits the North Country
Posted 5 April 2016 12:00 AM by Administrator
On Friday, March 18th, New England Wire Technologies was proud and honored to have New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan stop by our facilities for a brief visit and tour. Governor Hassan had spent the day visiting the North Country of NH and sharing information about her Gateway to Work initiative which will “repurpose existing federal funds to help New Hampshire’s citizens succeed in the workforce by strengthening job training, creating new partnerships between community colleges and businesses for apprenticeship opportunities, helping remove the barriers that cause too many citizens to fail in the workplace, and helping young people in the Granite State get a leg up on their futures.”
During the Governor’s visit, Mike Alberts, Cathy O’Connor, Toby Knighton, and Mike Longchamps of New England Wire gave a short presentation to the Governor and our North Country State Senator, Jeff Woodburn, about New England Wire’s own initiatives with, and community support of, the School to Work program which we have participated in for several years. Under this program, New England Wire Technologies has assisted in placing over 250 students in internship programs, providing real world experience for students in over 70 different career opportunities in the immediate area, with amazing success. Over 60% of student participants pursue further education and/or a career in their field of internship, and over 10 students have stayed in the area or returned after education for a job in their internship field; we are very proud of our participation in this initiative!
New England Wire Technologies presenters also described to the Governor and Senator our involvement in the Machine Trades Training program at the Hugh J. Gallen Career and Technical Center in Littleton, NH where New England Wire employees are delivering technical and program assistance by providing trainers/instructors and supporting learning, skills development, and sustainability for the local community. We are also actively assisting in the development of a curriculum for technology-based training at Manchester Community College.
NEWT thanked the Governor for the State of NH Job Training Funds that we have received to assist with company-wide training in the areas of Leadership Development/Managing Change and Accountability, as well as past training in Lean Manufacturing, Introduction to Leadership, Extrusion Problem Solving, Information Technologies, Export Compliance, Marketing, and a variety of other training sessions.
Governor Hassan was very pleased and impressed by New England Wire’s support of the local community through our workforce development initiatives and commended everyone at New England Wire for our dedication to these important programs!