GE offers training for jobs at its Fort Worth factory

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Posted on July 25, 2012 at 2:25 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 25 at 2:45 AM

FORT WORTH — General Electric has put out the 'help wanted' sign looking to hire hundreds in North Fort Worth, and the company is now turning to colleges to find enough skilled workers for its manufacturing plant near Texas Motor Speedway.

GE is looking for machinists and welders as its workforce ages. It's a difficult task, since these are highly-skilled jobs.

So the company is giving a $780,000 grant to Tarrant County College to train students in just a matter of weeks.

"We're coming in and taking people who don't have any machining experience and teaching them basics for four weeks," said TCC spokeswoman Jennifer Hawkins. "We've customized that training to GE specifications."

It gives the new workers a base knowledge so that they can grow into their careers at GE.

Tarrant County College says this program isn't just for people straight out of high school; it also is an option for anyone wanting to change careers.

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