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July 2010

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Dr. Claudia Follet
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Specialized Mobile Job Training Facility Begins Second Class at GE Aviation’s Batesville Plant

BATESVILLE, MS - A second mobile job training class has begun at GE Aviation in Batesville. The Disadvantaged Short-Term Advanced Manufacturing Program (D-STAMP), a mobile job training program financed through federal “stimulus” (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act) money, helps manufacturers find qualified employees.

Recently touted by Governor Haley Barbour as “a great tool to have trained workers and do it in short order,” the program completed its first session last week. Working with businesses in all sectors, consulting company Time Wise Management Systems 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. Governor Barbour added that this program is about more than just getting a job – participants are gaining skills for a career.

Funded by a grant from the Mississippi Governor’s office, the $300,000 program is provided at no cost to employers and is being implemented through a partnership involving Delta Workforce Investment Area, South Delta Planning and Development District and Time Wise Management Systems, a Lean business consulting company that provides products and consulting services to increase productivity, revenue and economic impact.

At a recent press conference at the plant, GE Aviation’s General Manager for Composite Centers of Excellence Jerry Kroger joined Governor Barbour in praising the program, saying that the training provided by the program is very important to GE and will help employees as they work on self-directed teams where they will lead and make decisions. The Batesville plant opened in 2008 and currently employs 160 people. The workforce will grow to more than 200 by 2011.

Time Wise Management Systems, Inc., was founded in 1998 as a Lean business consulting company working with both nonprofit and for-profit entities. Today it provides products and consulting services to increase productivity, revenue and economic impact.

GE Aviation, an operating unit of GE (NYSE: GE), is a world-leading provider of jet and turboprop engines, components and integrated systems for commercial and military aircraft. GE Aviation has a global service network to support these offerings.

South Delta Planning & Development District serves as the fiscal/administrative agent for Delta Workforce Investment Area (DWIA), one of four workforce investment areas in the state of Mississippi designated to carry out the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (WIA). As an increasing number of federal programs are passed to the states, DWIA is continually called upon to assist in developing the delivery of these services to local residents. This assistance is currently provided by a staff of 50 professionals. The programs are all- inclusive from the elderly to the young; from the disadvantaged unemployed to the large corporate employers; from the renters to the homeowners; from the federal government to the unincorporated areas of the rural Delta.