Registered Apprenticeship Program Lunch and Learn

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Monday, September 13, 2021
2:00 PM - 2:50 PM (EDT)
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Registered Apprenticeship Program Lunch and Learn: Strengthen and Diversify your Talent Pipeline with Apprenticeship  
The Women in Manufacturing Association (WiM) is pleased to present an educational Lunch and Learn Webinar with our partner, Jobs for the Future (JFF).

Date: Monday, September 13, 2021

Time: 2:00- 2:50 PM ET

Join JFF’s Center for Apprenticeship & Work-Based Learning to learn how the tried-and-true apprenticeship training model can be used to attract and develop talent, expand access to women and other underrepresented populations, and create a more diverse manufacturing workforce.

The panel discussion will feature WiM's president and founder, Allison Grealis, as the moderator. She will be joined by Nel Cowham, Pridgeon & Clay; Mary Hofstra, Grand Rapids Community College; and Valorie Hughes from GE Appliances, a Haier Company, where they will discuss their successful apprenticeship programs and how it can benefit you and your employees. 

Knowledge Experts 

 Nel Cowham, Pridgeon and Clay

Nel Cowham has been with Pridgeon & Clay, Inc. for 27 years. Nel has enjoyed working with subject matter experts at Pridgeon & Clay to help reinstate the Apprenticeship program.  The Tool & Die Makers Apprenticeship program was the first program that was developed and registered in July of 2018 and she has currently secured a total of five registered apprenticeship programs for Pridgeon & Clay. The five RAP include, Tool & Die Maker, Welding Technician, CMM Technician, Maintenance Technician & CNC Operator/Programmer.

Mary Hofstra, GRCC

Mary Hofstra serves as the Corporate Customized Training Manager in the Workforce Training Department at Grand Rapids Community College. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration through Cornerstone University and is a Certified Business Solutions Professional in the State of Michigan.  For over 26 years Mary has assisted West Michigan area employers with identifying, developing and implementing training programs that are specific to their needs.  In addition, she is instrumental in securing funding opportunities for many of our area businesses to support training in the workplace.

Valorie Hughes, GE Appliances, a Haier Company

Valorie Hughes is a Senior Manager of Human Resources for GE Appliances, a Haier Company. In her current role, she leads the Supply Chain Talent Development team focused on O&TD, recruiting & retention, early career talent development, apprenticeships, training, and inclusion & diversity. In her role, she provides HR support to eight manufacturing sites across five different locations, located in Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama and South Carolina. She joined GE Appliances (GEA) in 2012, and over the last nine years has spent time in variety of Human Resources roles support various Supply Chain and Manufacturing teams.

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Jennifer Amburn
Women in Manufacturing