Regional workforce officials say they plan to use a $465,000 federal grant to train local military veterans for a rebounding manufacturing industry.
The Verdugo Workforce Investment Board plans to use about half the funds to train veterans to manufacture tools and equipment using computer numerical control, or CNC, technology. The technology, which allows for precise machining of engine parts and specialized tools, is used widely among regional manufacturers serving aviation and other industries.
Don Nakamoto, labor market specialist at the workforce board, said training for about four dozen veterans will be available through Glendale Community College. He said officials focused on manufacturing jobs because the sector is rebounding, and the region is still home to many industrial firms.
“They are experiencing some labor shortages in those occupations, and it seems to match up really well with some of the skills the veterans learned in the military,” Nakamoto said.
The federal Bureau of Labor Statistics reported in March that unemployment among post-9/11 veterans is higher than it is among civilians or veterans from other eras. In 2010, 11.5% of post-9/11 veterans were unemployed, compared with a national average of 9.4%.