HOLLAND, Mich. (WOOD) - If you're one of the people who got up every morning for years,packed your lunch and went to the factorty, you know times havechanged. Manufacturing has been decimated by the changing economicclimate.
But high tech battery plants offer hope for workers and forMichigan. With the groundbreaking at the LG Chem facility inHolland, people want to know what they have to do to get one of the400 jobs by 2013.
"They're going to need to learn about hazardous materials," saidJulie Parks, the Work Force Training Director forGRCC. "They're going to need to learn robotics, they'regoing to need to learn about advanced energy systems and what thatmeans."
GRCC is geared up for the jobs expected to be created by LG Chemand the three other battery component makers who have plans tobuild in West Michigan.
Many of the jobs will be on the line and will pay $11-$14 perhour, the low end of what manufacturing jobs once paid.
"You get ready by re-learning basic chemistry, and what energystorage systems are. And sure, we're talking about cars but it alsoapplies to computers, it applies to wind and solar storage. Bigopportunities in this area for people," she told 24 Hour News8.
"They're going to need to learn about hazardous materials," sheadded. "They're going to need to learn robotics, they're going toneed to learn about advance energy systems and what thatmeans."
The GRCC six-month training program begins this Fall. Parks saideven if you're not interested in working inside the plant, thereare other opportunities and you need to prepare now.
"If you have a small business and you think you can serve thesecompanies, you need to start to get involved today, and start tofigure out how to do it."
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