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Archive for May, 2013

Henderson County Job Fair June 6th

The Henderson County Chamber of Commerce has partnered with Blue Ridge Community College, the NC Department of Commerce Division of Employment Security, and the Mountain Area Workforce Development Board to present Job Fair 2013 at the BRCC Conference Hall from 1 pm - 5 pm on Thursday, June 6, 2013.  The Job Fair will bring a wide range of employers together where they can meet a variety of job seekers with a variety of experience levels. Job seekers are encouraged to attend, bring their resumes and be prepared to interview.

Businesses can have a table at the Job Fair at no charge. The event is also open to the public at no charge. Veterans are encouraged to attend. Businesses should register for a table by May 31st.  For more information please call the Chamber at 828.692.1413 or chamber@hendersoncountychamber.org.

Western Carolina University: Call for Industry Partners

Each year, the Department of Engineering and Technology at Western Carolina University launches a two semester Capstone Project course for undergraduate seniors. Capstone Projects allow students to integrate engineering training and project management skills. This course is multi-disciplinary – mixing students from all three of the University’s programs (electrical engineering, computer engineering and engineering technology).  During the course student teams tackle open-ended, real-world problems on behalf of industry partners. In addition to the course instructor, each team is provided a faculty mentor to help guide the project. To satisfy the academic goals of the course, projects should have the following characteristics:

  • Be open-ended requiring evaluation of multiple solutions;
  • Be complex and challenging requiring innovative problem-solving approaches; and
  • Have sufficient scope that would require a team approach.

The University has found that most companies have more projects on their development list than they have resources to pursue, and these often make excellent and challenging Capstone projects. WCU invites industry partners to evaluate development needs and nominate topics that would provide benefit to your company. The requirements from private industry sponsors include:

  • A team sponsorship fee of $2,500 plus materials unique to your project;
  • A willingness to provide an active company mentor to the team; and
  • Participate in periodic design reviews as the customer (At your site or at WCU).

If interested in participating or sponsoring a Capstone Project  please contact Patrick Gardener at pgardener@wcu.edu or 828-227-2435. To meet scheduling needs please contact the University as soon as possible. Topics and a general assignments are typically solidified by mid-June.

Outline for topic proposals:

  • Company name and point of contact
  • Title of project
  • Problem statement (one paragraph describing the problem and what is needed)
  • List of known requirements or constraints (size, weight, power, cost, performance specifications, operating conditions, etc.)
  • Milestones and deliverables

Local Manufacturers Partner with Vocational Solutions

Vocational Solutions of Henderson County is a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to providing career and life skills training to adults with disabilities or other vocational barriers in a supportive environment.  They pursue this goal by partnering with local businesses in the community to provide a host of outsourcing services.  The work generated by local firms provides invaluable training opportunities and jobs for individuals working to overcome developmental disabilities, while saving time, lowering costs and providing high quality results to area manufacturers.  Vocational Solutions has worked with AGI Shorewood, Borg Warner, Coats North America, GE Lighting Solutions and SELEE among others.

Upon assuming the Plant Manager position with GE Lighting Solutions, Patrick Peterson immediately recognized the opportunity to support Vocational Solutions while meeting their needs as a company.  Working with Allen Combs, Executive Director of Vocational Solutions, GE identified several projects outside of the company’s primary manufacturing responsibilities, but jobs that could prove useful for individuals training to overcome disabilities.  Peterson said, “I am well pleased with how quickly Vocational Solutions was able to transition this work.  The end result is a more economical part for our customers and better inventory management for GE.”

Vocational Solutions offers a range of flexible outsourcing services including:

  • Kitting
  • Assembly and packaging
  • Shrink wrapping
  • Collation, rework and repacking
  • Sorting and inspection
  • Fulfillment

To fulfill work orders and to provide an ideal working environment for clients, Vocational Solutions operates a 45,000 square foot facility complete with clean room capabilities, delivery services and a trained staff, capable of facilitating work orders in an efficient manner.  If your business has interest in exploring a partnership with Vocational Solutions, please contact Allen Combs at (828) 696-0361 or at acombs@vocsol.com.

Industrial Executives Forum: Recap and Next Steps

On April 18th the Henderson County Partnership for Economic Development hosted the 2013 Industrial Executives Forum. The Forum featured two discussion panels; the first focused on Retaining Top Talent & Attracting the Future Workforce, the second concentrated on Managing a Business in Transition. Over 115 industrial representatives, HCPED members and elected officials attended the meeting.

Following the Forum, industrial leaders participated in a working lunch with Henderson County Public Schools. Lori Chappell, Career Development Coordinator and Dr. Helen Owen, Director of Career and Technical Education (CTE) and Counseling, represented the Henderson County Public School System. Representatives provided specific information regarding upcoming opportunities for employer engagement.

Mrs. Chappell noted current efforts are underway to engage employers with interest in hosting an internship placement beginning Fall 2013. To participate, employers were instructed to contact Lori Chappell at lchappell@henderson.k12.nc.us or 828-698-5149, ASAP to ensure a placement can be made prior to the end of the current semester. Mrs. Chappell also discussed the inherent flexibility that is built into Career and Technical Education programming, specifically noting the variations of work assignments as well as the school system’s ability to extend insurance coverage to students when engaged in off campus activities. Insurance liability, according to a recent survey of industrial employers, was one of the leading concerns that created a barrier to participating in internship and job shadowing opportunities.

Utilizing previous survey data and direct feedback during the work session, participating industrial leadership developed a plan, outlining recommendations and next steps for future engagement with the school system. The strategy will achieve four simple goals:

1)      Form productive relationships between industry leaders & the public school system

2)      Promote the manufacturing sector as a viable career path

3)      Positively impact the number of students who pursue careers in the manufacturing sector

4)      Increase industrial participation in CTE programs including job shadowing & internships

Implementation will include a variety of outreach and employer engagement. The effort will begin with a series of employer-driven luncheons designed to build relationships among industrial leadership and school  guidance counselors. The strategy calls for guidance counseling staff to visit different industrial employers at their prospective operations. The lunch meetings will afford meaningful discussions regarding future workforce needs. Manufacturing representatives will then have the opportunity to provide a guided facility tour, allowing school representatives the opportunity to experience first-hand the manufacturing process.

For more information about the 2013 Industrial Executives Forum or to get involved in the collaborative effort with the school system please contact Josh Hallingse at Josh@hcped.org or 828-692-6373.

All-States Medical Supply Hiring 50 Employees

All-States Medical Supply’s staff is more than doubling in size in the next two months to meet the demands of a recently awarded Medicare contract.

Medicare just released their list of only eighteen contract suppliers who won the bids for the national mail-order program for diabetes supplies. These will be the only companies allowed to provide supplies to the six million plus people with Diabetes on Medicare.

Two years ago, All-States Medical Supply was approved to provide supplies to nine areas nationwide, so this expanded territory means the company needs to grow quickly to be ready for the demand when the new contract goes into effect on July 1st.

“In 2011, we learned how to handle an increase in call volume when we won the initial nine area contract,” says Marcus Suess, President and Owner of All-States Medical Supply. “Because our company’s name starts with an ‘A’, we are at the top of the provider list and expect an even higher call volume than most.”

All of this increase in demand means the company plans to go from forty employees to ninety in the next two months. Open positions are primarily for Customer Care Representatives and Medical Records, but will also include a few positions in billing and shipping departments. All positions are permanent 40 hours a week, Monday through Friday, with most starting salaries at $10.50 an hour. Candidates with previous customer service experience are preferred.

JobLink at Blue Ridge Community College is assisting with the hiring process and will be accepting resumes for All-States Medical Supply by fax 828-694-1698, email at danh@blueridge.edu or in person (preferred method) at JobLink at Blue Ridge Community  College at 180 West Campus Drive in Flat Rock, North Carolina. All questions should be directed to Daniel Harris at 828-694-1755. More detailed information can be found on their website at www.allstatesmedical.com/about/jobs.

About All-States Medical Supply

Established in 1998, All-States Medical Supply provides patients top quality home medical supplies with a convenient home delivery program that is available nationwide. As a family-owned business in Western North Carolina, All-States Medical Supply treats every patient as part of their family. For more information, please contact Tanya Fletcher at 828-651-8055. Ext. 2226 or at tanyaf@allstatesmedical.com. More information can be found on the website at www.allstatesmedical.com or Facebook page at www.facebook.com/allstatesmedical.