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TRAINING

FIT requirements
Students accepted into the Food
Industry Technical (FIT) program must
show receipt of a 48-week foundation
electrical certificate. The certificate
demonstrates students possess the
knowledge and skills to be successful
in the 12-week graduate FIT program.
Students also learn soft skills that meet
the needs of employment.

FIT students receive
hands-on technical
training that provides
them with the necessary
skills to gain employment
in various jobs in meat
and poultry processing
facilities after graduation.

For the soft skills training, students use
Career Edge. The program includes
skills of time management, personal
budgeting, dispute resolution, cultural
diversity, working in teams and
effective communication. Personality
testing is also included to help
students understand their natural
perspective as well as guidance
and practical exercises to promote
teamwork. Positions offered to
graduating students include technical
assembly, maintenance and/or service
technicians with those in the program
agreeing to relocation and extensive
work-related travel.
As of late March, there have been 33
participants in the FIT program.

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screenings, social distancing and other
COVID-19 protocols, ensuring students meet
the objectives of the program.
" We understand that the workforce
needs of today are complicated, and that
companies are facing extraordinary losses
of experienced talent. Our campuses refer
graduates to a range of employers for
career opportunities upon completion of
their training and hiring managers know
there's an open line of communication to
our local teams when they have an opening
for new talent, " English said.
As a result of the FIT program, companies
are able to better navigate shifting skill sets
and the introduction of advanced technology,
offering new market opportunities and
a chance to increase production to meet
demands - a win for processors, suppliers
and technicians alike.
Joe Irby, a September 2020 graduate of the
FIT program, was hired at the West Liberty
Foods processing plant in Bolingbrook, Ill.,
one month after graduating. Irby was hired
as a maintenance technician at West Liberty
Foods and after three months working in that
role, he was promoted to automation line
technician at the plant.


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