SAMP News

  • 17 Feb 2016 7:34 AM | Shelly Glandon (Administrator)

    As part of the Pima County Youth Career Connect industrial technologies project, high school students will get an up close look Friday, Feb. 19, at area manufacturers who produce parts for everything from airplanes and engines to zoo enclosures, thanks to tours organized by Southern Arizona Manufacturing Partners (SAMP) and ARIZONA@WORK Pima County, formerly known as the Pima County One-Stop Career Center.


    The SAMP program is in its fourth year and student interest continues to grow. This year, nearly 180 students from the Sunnyside and Tucson Unified School Districts who are part of Pima County’s Joint Technical Education District (JTED) will tour 13 manufacturers as well as Pima Community College’s machine shop and the University of Arizona Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering Department. The effort is meant to introduce students to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) careers and occupations within industrial technologies.


    The goal is that students who take part in the tours will enroll in STEM career pathways including machining courses at their high school. Manufacturers believe the tours are an important step in “on-shoring” – the move to keep more machining jobs in the United States instead of “off-shore.” 


    “On-shoring” is a trend that will continue for U.S. manufacturers and it is vital to the U.S. economy that high school students interested in manufacturing and/or machining careers are encouraged to pursue these highly skilled positions,” said Bret Simon, vice president of operations for PSE Archery in Tucson. “Machining positions in particular are in high demand domestically and the demand will grow as U.S. manufacturing companies recognize the quality and lead time advantages offered by building long-term capacity. The need is critical in Tucson and across the county, today and well into the

    future.” 


    SAMP is a consortium that comprises 32 Southern Arizona manufacturing companies throughout Pima County. The group came together in 2012 with a goal to establish a pipeline of students ready to enter the field and started by revamping the training at Pima Community College. Students finish the program with a Machine Tool Certification from Pima Community College.


    Students will be split into groups of about 10 to tour one of the 13 manufacturers taking part in the Feb. 19 field trip.



  • 15 Dec 2015 5:54 PM | Shelly Glandon (Administrator)

    Pima County One-Stop Career Center and Southern Arizona Manufacturing Partners will celebrate the completion of a 20-month training program Dec. 16 that taught 10 young adults how to be machinists. The certificate ceremony takes place Wednesday, Dec. 16, at 6:30 p.m. in the Amethyst Room of Pima Community College’s downtown campus, 1255 N. Stone Ave. Three more students will complete the program this spring.


    The students received their initial training through the Career Technical Education machining programs at Desert View High School, Tucson High Magnet School and Palo Verde High School. From there, students worked with local manufacturers at paid internships that were initially funded by Pima County One-Stop. After two months of hands-on experience, local companies hired the students, who also were enrolled in corresponding courses in machine tool technology at Pima Community College.


    Area manufacturers decided three years ago they could compete with one another for the small pool of talented machinists in Southern Arizona or work together to train high school students or new high school graduates how to be machinists. Students finish the program with a Machine Tool Technology Certificate from Pima Community College.


    SAMP is a consortium that comprises 38 Southern Arizona manufacturing companies and 16 partners including schools, associations and agencies like the One-Stop. The group came together in 2012 with a goal to revamp machining training at Pima Community College and establish a pipeline of students ready to enter the field.


    Last year, SAMP members told Pima County One-Stop’s Business Services team they would need as many as 46 machining jobs filled in two years. Machinists in Southern Arizona can earn starting salaries of more than $24,000 and make as much as $60,000 annually, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.


    The students being recognized Dec. 16 include:

    • Michael Barnes
    • Jesus Olivarez
    • Patrick Meegan
    • Emmanuel Calderon
    • Michael Long
    • Christian Trevino
    • Steven Hammond

    Pima County One-Stop provided funding and training

    • Alejandro Alvarez
    • Desarae Stephens
    • Erick Lizarraga

    Employers that hosted interns were:

    • Abrams Airborne Manufacturing, Inc.
    • AGM Container Controls, Inc.
    • American Turbo Systems
    • Argus Machine
    • B/E Aerospace
    • Hi-Tech Machining & Engineering
    • Industrial Tool, Die & Engineering, Inc.
    • Johns Manville
    • Sargent Aerospace & Defense
    • Zygo


  • 12 Mar 2015 3:22 PM | Shelly Glandon (Administrator)

    A select group of 13 Desert View, Tanque Verde and Tucson high school students participated in SAMP interviews at Pima Community College on March 12, 2015. They were competing for placement in SAMPs 2015 summer internship program.

    Continue reading AZ Star article

  • 28 Jan 2015 9:54 AM | Shelly Glandon (Administrator)

    High school students will get an up close look Feb. 5 at area manufacturers who produce parts for everything from appliances and airplanes to engines and data systems, thanks to tours organized by Southern Arizona Manufacturing Partners (SAMP) and the Pima County One-Stop Career Center.


    The program is in its third year and student interest continues to grow. This year more than 200 students from Desert View High School in the Sunnyside Unified School District will tour 16 manufacturers as well as Pima Community College’s machine shop, and behind-the-scenes areas at the UA Tech Park. The effort is meant to introduce students to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) careers and occupations within the manufacturing industry.


    The goal is that students who take part in the tours will enroll in STEM career pathways including machining courses at their high school. The SAMP program gives them the chance to take part in an 18-month program that couples coursework at Pima Community College with paid internships at local machine shops.

    SAMP is a consortium that comprises 32 Southern Arizona manufacturing companies throughout Pima County. The group came together in 2012 with a goal to establish a pipeline of students ready to enter the field and started by revamping the training at Pima Community College. Students finish the program with a Machine Tool Certification from Pima Community College.

    Some of the machine shops that students will be touring Feb. 5 are American Turbo Systems, CAID Industries, Grafted Growers, Industrial Tool Die & Engineering and Laron Inc. For more information about One-Stop services, please visit the One-Stop website at www.pimaworks.com


  • 07 Jan 2015 8:10 AM | Shelly Glandon (Administrator)

    Pima County's One-Stop Career Center and Southern Arizona Manufacturing Partners celebrated its first graduating class of machinists.


    The students received their initial training from the Career Technical Education machining programs at Desert View High School and Tucson High Magnet School. The program also had students interning with local manufacturers.


    Watch the video story on KVOA website.  


    Argus Machine Shop does precision machining for Tucson companies. The local manufacturing business gave Roberto Heredia his first job after completing Pima County's program.


    "To be able to mold them and put them in different areas; to get their interests and actually get them into the workforce for the future needs was [a] really important thing," said Tom Beishuizen, president of Argus.

    Argus became a part of the program to build a workforce for the future.

    "Some employees, who were trained a number o decades ago in the machining industry have actually exited the workforce," said Beishuizen. "So you're working on the need for the next 10, 20, or 30 years."

    Heredia graduated in December, but said his education has not stopped.

    "I'm barely starting, so I have a lot of growing and a long way to go still. Actually, I love my shop and I'm really happy here," said Heredia.

    With a growing program, there is a need for more local manufacturing companies to provide internships.  


    Story provided by KVOA reporter Domenica Fuller. 


    To join SAMP please contact Gerri Brunson.


  • 22 Dec 2014 11:27 AM | Shelly Glandon (Administrator)

    PIMA COUNTY – Pima County One-Stop Career Center and Southern Arizona Manufacturing Partners celebrated the completion of a 20-month training program Dec. 17 that taught eight young adults how to be machinists. The students received their initial training through the Career Technical Education machining programs at Desert View High School and Tucson High Magnet School. From there, students worked with local manufacturers at paid internships that were initially funded by Pima County One-Stop. After two months of hands-on experience, local companies hired the students, who also were enrolled in corresponding courses in machine tool technology at Pima Community College.


    “This program demonstrates the power of collaboration between government, education and the private sector,” said Jim Mize, manager of business services for Pima County One-Stop. “The ultimate beneficiaries of these types of programs are the students and the workforce of tomorrow.”


    Area manufacturers decided two years ago they could compete with one another for the small pool of talented machinists in Southern Arizona or work together to train high school students or new high school graduates how to be machinists. Students finish the program with a Machine Tool Certification from Pima Community College.

    SAMP is a consortium that comprises 26 Southern Arizona manufacturing companies and the Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Arizona. The group came together in 2012 with a goal to revamp machining training at Pima Community College and establish a pipeline of students ready to enter the field.


    Pam Summers, the human resources manager for Abrams Airborne Manufacturing, said local manufacturers were motivated to come together when they realized none of them could recruit skilled machinists locally. “It became apparent all of us were in the same boat,” she recalled. “We put our competitiveness aside for this. But One-Stop was the glue that held us together.”


    Roberto Heredia is one of those beneficiaries of the SAMP/One-Stop training. A 2013 graduate of Desert View High School, Heredia said he “always wondered how stuff was made.” He enrolled in Cesar Gutierrez’s machining class at Desert View, and then joined this initial cohort of students in the SAMP program. Today, he’s employed full time with Argus Machine and hopes to return to PCC to finish an associate’s degree.


    In late October, SAMP members told Pima County One-Stop’s Business Services team they would need as many as 46 machining jobs filled in two years. Machinists in Southern Arizona can earn starting salaries of more than $24,000 and make as much as $60,000 annually, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

    Twelve students started in the 2013 cohort, but real challenges hampered some of the students from completing, said Gerri Brunson, One-Stop’s workforce development specialist. One student decided to join the military. Another dropped out because he was the sole supporter for his family and had to find a position where he could immediately work full time.


    Michael Grijalva also went through the machining program at Desert View High School. He’s now working full time with Sargent Aerospace and Defense. If he stays with the company for at least a year, they’ll pick up the cost of his associate’s degree at Pima. Grijalva said that would make his family proud. He’s the first in this family to graduate high school and attend college.


    The 2014 cohort has 18 students who are on track to finish in December 2015.

    Graduates of the program are: Chris Camargo, Christian Cazares, Ruben Escamilla, Jesus Ruben Gil, Michael Grijalva, Roberto Heredia, Angel Rene Nogales, and Ryan Verbout. Participating manufacturers are: Abrams Airborne Manufacturing; AGM Container Controls; Air System Components; Airtronics; Alcoa Fastening Systems; American Turbo Systems; Anewco Products; Arcal; Argus Machine; B/E Aerospace; CAID Industries; Clean Cut Metals; Dynamic Manufacturing and Engineering; FLSmidth Krebs; Hi-Tech Machining and Engineering; HT Metals; Industrial Tool, Die and Engineering; Johns Manville; Materion Ceramics; Meggitt – Securaplane; Parker Hannifin; Raytheon; Sargent Aerospace and Defense; TAG Engineering; VROOM Engineering and Manufacturing; Zygo Corp.; and University of Arizona Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering.

     

    The celebration was held at Pima Community College, one of the program partners.

  • 15 Dec 2014 9:52 AM | Shelly Glandon (Administrator)

    Desert View High School's precision machining program has been recently added to the M-List, a prestigious listing of manufacturing-related education programs recognized by The Manufacturing Institute.


    Congratulations to Cesar Gutierrez, lead instructor, and Kathy Prather director of career and technical education and Joint Technical Education District programs at Sunnyside Unified School District.


    Read the Arizona Daily Star article here.

  • 12 Dec 2014 10:32 AM | Shelly Glandon (Administrator)

    SAMP was recently honored by Pima County Workforce Investment Board Youth Council as a nominee for Employer of the Year.  SAMP member companies have been an integral part of workforce development in Pima County.  Through SAMP and Pima County One Stop over 20 interns have been placed in member companies giving them a chance to develop skills and gain real world experience.  


    If you are interested in joing SAMP as a member company please contact Gerri Brunson with Pima County One Stop.

  • 21 May 2014 8:00 AM | Shelly Glandon (Administrator)

    The Manufacturing Institute and Accenture have partnered on a major new report called the 2014 Manufacturing Skills and Training Study looking at the state of the manufacturing sector in the U.S., the extent of the shortage of skilled workers, the cost of that skills shortage to company earnings, and the response of companies through investments in training.


    Read the report 

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