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Mitsubishi Electric Automation Workforce Development Program

In collaboration with BenCheri' Educational Center and Youth Building Success Enhancement of Houston, Mitsubishi Electric Automation, Inc. (MEAU) conducted a training and workforce development program for students in the Acres Homes community of Houston, TX, August 26-30, 2019. The training program is specifically oriented towards teenagers, adults and previously incarcerated persons who encounter difficulties finding sustainable jobs.

MEAU invested $6,000 into each student by way of CNC training. During the week each student took three CNC classes that provided them with an opportunity to acquire manufacturing skills in the areas of CNC fundamentals, CNC programming and PLC troubleshooting. MEAU granted a CNC Specialist Certification to those who successfully completed the program.

MEAU and BenCheri' hosted an awards ceremony at the end of the week to recognize the students who successfully completed the certification training. Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, along with other elected officials, including Texas State Representative Jarvis Johnson, were in attendance to show their support of the endeavor.

"Workforce development is extremely important to us," said Derrick Jordan, Mechatronics Engineering Group Manager at MEAU. "The Specialist Certification provides each student with a new set of skills to compete and thrive in the Houston region."

"We thank MEAU for investing in young people and providing highly specialized computer training," said Mayor Turner. "By developing new skills, the BenCheri' students who successfully completed the program will have opportunities to become gainfully employed and provide for themselves and their families. Acres Homes is part of my Complete Communities Initiative. My mission is to boost workforce development and affordable housing and enhance the quality of life in neighborhoods throughout Houston."

MEAU specializes in products such as computer numerical controllers (CNCs), programmable logic controllers (PLCs), servo motors and industrial robots, which are found in factories and manufacturing floors across the world and in industries such as oil and gas, medical, transportation and aerospace. As part of the company's Workforce Development Program, MEAU aims to bring its equipment to elementary schools, high schools, technical colleges and non-profit organizations and provide skills in programming, service, maintenance and operations needed for tomorrow's workforce.

For more information contact:

Mitsubishi Electric Automation Inc.

500 Corporate Woods Pkwy.

Vernon Hills, IL 60061


BenCheri' Educational Center

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