GMMDC executive director Roy Smith has spent the last few weeks furiously getting the word out on the training needs of GMMDC members.
Smith said he used the opportunity to meet with several local vocational institutions along with an appearance on WKNO's Behind the Headlines, all in the name of bringing awareness of GMMDC's mission.
"We’re committed to working with Tennessee College of Applied Technology, Moore Tech College of Technology, Arkansas State University Mid-South, Southwest Tennessee Community College and others to collaboratively work together to develop individuals to meet the needs of GMMDC members," Smith said.
Smith has also been working with the Greater Memphis Alliance for a Competitive Workforce over the past few weeks to determine how the current workforce can meet GMMDC members' needs.
"We’re helping GMAC to understand the specific needs by skillset of the Medical Device industry so we can gauge the pipeline of skills development that needs to be in place," he said.
Beyond these meeting, Smith also attended a ceremony at ASU Mid-South to help them celebrate the accreditation of their facility by the National Institute of Metalworking Standards. ASU Mid-South has also been certified to the “Right Skills Now” curriculum which is a fast-track method of developing individuals with a solid toolkit of entry-level skills for a machining career.