Deceuninck North America Participates in Workforce-Education Program

Window & Door
July 3, 2019
 Representatives of Miami University Regionals and the Ohio
State Senate visited Deceuninck North America headquarters in
May to discuss the new workforce education program.
(Shown left to right): Pete Haverkos, Miami University Regionals;
Filip Geeraert, Deceuninck North America;
Moira Casey, Miami University Regionals;
Jim Keller, Deceuninck North America;
Ohio State Senator Bill Coley;
Jan Willem Van der Werff, Deceuninck North America;
Amy Padgett, Deceuninck North America;
Dr. Greg Crawford, Miami University Regionals

Miami University Regionals announced a new partnership with four area businesses participating in a new workforce-education program that will provide participating Ohio residents with part-time jobs in the local workforce, work experience and paid tuition.

Representatives from manufacturing companies thyssenkrupp Bilstein, Deceuninck and The Fischer Group, as well as the Butler County Regional Transit Authority are collaborating with Miami Regionals to launch the program this fall. Program participants will be part-time employees of one of the program employers, and students enrolled or planning to enroll at Miami University Regionals. Interested Ohio residents can apply here by Aug. 1. 

The program, called Work+, is the brainchild of Ohio Senator Bill Coley (R-Liberty Township). Coley unveiled it at a press conference May 30 at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus, alongside fellow Ohio Senators Steve Wilson (R), Bob Hackett (R), Joe Eucker (R) and Ohio Representative Sara Carruthers (R), Rob Brundrett of the Ohio Manufacturers Association and Miami University President Greg Crawford.

Ohio residents who participate in the collaborative program will work part-time, typically 20-25 hours per week, with one of the participating companies and will take classes at Miami University Regionals. Program participants may pursue any major. In return, Work+ participants will receive a wage and tuition.

“It’s our goal that these students will graduate with degrees and they are going to be able to graduate with no debt,” said Coley. He said students will benefit by having increased awareness of job requirements and career opportunities, while local companies will have greater access to more skilled workers.

“As a Work+ employer, we see this as a unique opportunity to not only grow and develop our workforce but also give back in our community in a measurable way,” says Amy Padgett, Deceuninck North America’s vice president of human resources.