Founded in 2016, CWIMA is a nonprofit comprising over 130 members, led by business and industry, increasing educational and career awareness in welding, fabricating, machining, and manufacturing trades.
We focus on making the maximum positive effort for our community through our collective efforts, initiatives, and partnerships with regional educational institutions and workforce development partnerships.
We develop training opportunities for new and incumbent employees looking for fostering creative training models while increasing employee attraction and retention for members.
We’ve created a scholarship fund awarding over $50,000 to area K-12 students used for continuing their career aspirations in manufacturing at either NTC or Mid-State Technical College.
Create a diverse and active membership and Board of Directors of Manufacturing Members, Affiliate Members, Associate Members, Workforce Development Agencies, and Educational Partnerships for achieving and maximizing our goals.
Create free, innovative, short-term summer programs at our technical colleges, exposing students to advanced manufacturing careers, allowing for free college credits in 23 related manufacturing career paths.
Create educational awareness opportunities area 8th grade students and teachers, bridging awareness of manufacturing-related career paths and their influence and importance to our economic sustainability.
Businesses are teaming up, offering free training as the manufacturing industry grows. Get skills and knowledge needed for a manufacturing job along with the support needed for success.
We're proud to have incredible programs like Move to Manufacturing and the Heavy Metal Tour available to our community.
Move to Manufacturing
As the manufacturing industry continues to grow, local businesses are teaming up to offer this free training opportunity designed to quickly grow the workforce. Get the skills and knowledge that you need for employment in manufacturing with the support you need to be successful, all without having to quit your current job.
Materials, Scholarships, and Programs
Nothing is more important to CWIMA than supporting the development of students in tech and industrial careers. CWIMA cares about schools and the resources they need to make the trades exciting and fulfilling. Get in touch with CWIMA to see how your business can impact and directly support schools in need.
EXPLORING 21ST CENTURY CAREER OPPORTUNITIES
Approximately 1,800 students from area schools on the 8th Annual Heavy Metal Tour. The event provides students with an opportunity to explore education and career opportunities in welding, fabricating, machining, engineering, computing and manufacturing trades by visiting NTC and local state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities. When touring the facilities, students met with subject matter experts, saw firsthand the latest technologies employed in manufacturing and learned more about the diversity of high-demand career options in these fields.
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Tait Strand - Executive Director
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