We need more area companies such as Task Force Tips, Centier Bank, PacMoore and Horizon Bank, just to name a few, that support employee training or tuition reimbursement as a viable way to improve worker skills.
They say it’s a win-win situation for the employee and their firm. Many even provide employees an incentive upon satisfactory completion of a class.
During the past 20 years, Task Force Tips, a manufacturer of firefighting equipment for customers around the world, has reimbursed its employees more than $200,000 for educational assistance in order to improve worker skills.
The Valparaiso-based firm also awards two scholarships to attend Vincennes University to aspiring high-school seniors passionate about a career in the machine trades field.
Another tactic to improve worker talent is Hammond’s College Bound program. Families that own a home in that city are eligible for up to $10,500 a year for four years to cover college expenses. Most recently, Michigan City decided to also implement College Bound for its residents.
We applaud companies and communities that value skilled workers and showcase that their actions speak louder than their words.
It is a long standing American tradition to associate resolutions with New Year’s Day. We promise to lose weight, to exercise more, to watch less TV and read more.
Let us begin a new tradition. Let's resolve on this Labor Day to acquire those skills that will improve the economic health of our families and our communities.
The old saying that a rising economic tide lifts all boats is no longer true. The beneficiaries of today’s economy are those workers with the talent and skills sought by employers.