Learn and Earn Grant Helps Educate Future Employees

Community and Technical College System of West Virginia
BridgeValley partners with HPS Company Inc. to give students on-the-job experience

CHARLESTON, W.Va. October 4, 2017– HPS Company Inc., a local fabrication company in Charleston, WV, is partnering with BridgeValley Community and Technical College to provide students from the Machine Tool Technology Associates program with a paid Learn and Earn opportunity.

Learn and Earn grants are awarded to community colleges that partner with businesses to allow students to be paid for working while they also receive credit toward graduation. The goal of the program is to bring real, on-the-job experience to students who are studying to work in high-demand and high-wage fields, like manufacturing. Employers that partner with community and technical colleges in the Learn and Earn program are able to train eager students to be reliable future employees.

When asked about the partnership, HPS President Karl Porter said, "The BridgeValley Learn and Earn program is a beneficial partnership for our firm. We gain career-minded trainees who have an earnest desire to develop working skills and gain on the job applicative experience. This assists us in meeting tight production goals, all the while boosting our bottom line.”

HPS has been specializing in fabrication of all types of mechanical parts in Charleston, W.Va. since 1971. Now those years of experience will shape the education of BridgeValley students in a way that classroom education alone just doesn’t provide. The student who works with HPS Company Inc. will work under the guidance of experienced machinists to supplement their work in the classroom. They will assist with general machining duties and light welding, allowing them to use their classroom skills in a real working environment as they study.

“Every Learn and Earn grant we approve is an exciting opportunity for students in the state of West Virginia to become highly skilled and desirable employees,” said Vice Chancellor of the Community and Technical College System Dr. Casey K. Sacks. “These students get the best of both worlds as they learn in the classroom and then put those lessons to work on the job.”

Businesses interested in participating in similar partnerships with local community colleges are encouraged to visit www.wvctcs.org/grants for more details or call 304-558-0087.

If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Samantha Willis at 304.558.0087 ext. 265 or email at willis@wvctcs.org.