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Area VOLT Institute Wins Award In Statewide Partnership Contest

The Valley Occupational Learning and Technology (VOLT) Institute was named one of the top three programs in the Partnerships for Industry and Education award contest this year, and will be recognized at the 2019 California Economic Summit in Fresno, set for Nov. 7 and 8. In addition to the award, VOLT will have an exhibit during the Innovation Showcase at the Summit and will receive a full page spread in the Partnerships for Industry and Education booklet.

The VOLT Institute is a partnership of the Stanislaus County Office of Education, Modesto Junior College, and Opportunity Stanislaus.

“Through our partnership, we now have regional programs that offer specific, technical training currently in high demand,” said Scott Kuykendall, Stanislaus County Superintendent of Schools. “By delivering skilled training, VOLT is simultaneously meeting the needs of job seekers and industry. We are excited to be recognized at the California Economic Summit and also to share the work we are doing with other regions throughout the state.”

With the demand for highly skilled workers increasing, VOLT offers several programs to fill a range of positions, such as industrial maintenance mechanic training, a Supervisor Development Academy, and a Career Accelerator Program, which focuses on communication and ethical standards for employment. The most recent addition to the curriculum is a programmable logic controller training, which is an essential component in the manufacturing industry, and a Senior Leadership Series and Supervisory Development Academy.

“We are honored to receive this award,” said David White, Chief Executive Officer Opportunity Stanislaus. “VOLT Institute has been a great collaboration by partners who are devoted to improving vocational education in our region. The greatest result of our program is the positive impact it’s having on families, making it possible for more people to have a great job and better quality of life.”

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