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December 2010

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Muriel Mosher
Tel: 207-623-0680

Specialized Mobile Job Training Unit Offers Glimpse into Unique Program

OLIVE BRANCH, MS - Today locals were offered a look into a unique mobile training facility temporarily located at A.L.P. Lighting Components in Olive Branch. The Rapid Advanced Manufacturing Placement program, or RAMP, is a two-week mobile job training program financed through federal stimulus funds designed to help workers sharpen their manufacturing skills.

Housed in a mobile unit outfitted with state-of-the-art equipment, the two-week intensive training program teaches workers the latest in manufacturing technology, improving their skills and heightening their chances for job placement. RAMP’s mobility enables it to go where the unemployed are, making it not only a unique workforce training program but a timely one as well.

Three Rivers Planning and Development District WIA Adult Program Director Gary Golden said A.L.P. Lighting Components is taking advantage of training opportunities provided by Time Wise Management Systems through the RAMP Program, which is funded by a $500,000 grant from the Governor’s office and implemented through a partnership involving Three Rivers Planning and Development District, the Mississippi Partnership, Delta Workforce Investment Area and Time Wise Management Systems. The program is provided at no cost to employers.
“This is a wonderful opportunity that reinforces our commitment to develop our employees,” commented Jeff Benton, Senior Vice President at A.L.P. Lighting Components. “When an organization offers to train your employees, it’s an opportunity that is hard to refuse, especially when we depend on a highly-trained workforce. It enables us to reduce the amount of time it takes for an employee to become productive.”

Time Wise Management Systems, Inc. is a privately held company founded in 1998 as a Lean business consulting company working with both nonprofit and for-profit entities. Time Wise has grown into a diversified consulting company with international experience and a staff of over 100 professionals, including 70 full-time Lean consultants and a number of strategic partners.

Working with businesses in all sectors, Time Wise recognizes the need for rapid, mobile entry-level training. Their Mobile Outreach Skills Training prepares workers, often disadvantaged, for skilled jobs and places them in well-paying entry level positions after two weeks of intensive training.

A.L.P. Lighting Components, Inc., is a global leader in the manufacturing of lighting
components, offering a diverse line of products for lighting OEMs and the aftermarket. From fluorescent to HID applications, A.L.P. offers the industry's most comprehensive line of plastic and metal parabolic louvers, baffles and reflectors, to a broad range of plastic lenses, extruded sheet products, wiring devices, vapor-proof enclosures and unwired fixture bodies. Brands include Steel Craft fluorescent housings, LexaLite precision injection molded refractors and reflectors, and Triboro wiring devices. With manufacturing plants in the U.S., Mexico, and Europe, and distribution centers strategically located throughout the U.S., Europe, Latin America and South

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Carolyn McFadden of Holly Springs, MS:
"The past two weeks of training have been a very valuable and exciting experience. I was able to re-enforce my previous skills while learning new material with hands on experience. The instructors are well educated and helped each individual prepare to appropriately re-enter the workforce."

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Misty Nave of Byhalia, MS:
"I was unemployed before entering the M.O.S.T. program. I started the program with no experience in manufacturing. This program has given me a second chance at getting a better job. I have a better understanding of what manufacturing is all about. Now I can go into my new job with more confidence than I would have without this experience."