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Steel mill, college collaborate on training for new workers

Published: Sun, November 20, 2011 @ 11:42 a.m.

Steel mill, college collaborate on training for new workers


A steel company, the Steelworkers union and a community college are collaborating to train future workers in northeast Ohio.

At ArcelorMittal Cleveland, the average employee age is 57. And in Lorain west of Cleveland, U.S. Steel is expanding and Republic Steel plans to build an electric arc furnace and hire 449.

The Steelworkers union, ArcelorMittal and Lakeland Community College in Lake County northeast of Cleveland announced the program Thursday. It will offer a 2 1/2-year work-study program to prepare workers for the industry.

The college will hold an open house for prospective students Nov. 30. Applicants must have a high school diploma.


1picturethis(18 comments)posted 4 years ago

Hmmm...college degrees needed for laboring in steel mills? UNHEARD OF! I understand there needs to be trained people, maybe foreman, but as for a few of the facts in this article, there needs to be some light shone on these:
1) Are they trying to put out US mills out of business? These workers, without college degrees, have some of the best pays and benefits in today's workforce.
2) My grandfathers would turn over in their graves if they heard this one! Not everyone is made for college; this does NOT mean they are any less smart!
3) Love my husband, the laborer in a steelmill. We raised 3 children on his laborer salary and are the ONLY people in our neighborhood without a degree. We are NOT any less deserving of than any of our neighbors.
Please, quit trying to turn everything into more profits for the colleges! UGH!

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2Letstryagain(194 comments)posted 4 years ago

picturethis, I am looking for the words where it says the attendees will receive a college degree. I don't see it anywhere.

It is a collaboration between schools, unions and employers because one of them recognize there could be a local shortage of qualified people to fill the jobs.

Get the chip off your shoulder, be thankful that somehow, somewhere, finally, people are getting together to educate potential employees.

Furthermore, Lakeland is not a for profit college. No one is trying to turn everything into more profits for the colleges. That statement simply shows your lack of understanding.

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