pandemic has interrupted the Anderson Advanced Manufacturing Program , but officials hope to resume the program in 2021 .
AAMP was launched in 2019 through a partnership among the city of Anderson , Purdue Polytechnic-Anderson and several local businesses .
During the first year , 110 people completed the job preparedness program .
AAMP coordinator Marc Slayton , deputy director of the Anderson Economic
Development Marc Slayton Department , said the program will be reinstated as soon as possible .
“ Right now we have a great list of candidates ,” he said of those waiting for AAMP to resume .
Before pandemic restrictions began , a class went through five days of the program before it was suspended .
“ All our community partners are still on board ,” Slayton said of the companies that have been a part of the program ’ s hiring process .
Slayton said NTN Driveshaft currently needs to fill up to 100 positions and the Tractor Supply warehouse in Pendleton is considering joining the program .
Greg Winkler , executive director of the city ’ s economic development department , said several different groups , including Purdue and Ivy Tech ,
HERALD BULLETIN FILE PHOTOS Anderson officials joined Sirmax and SER North America officials in 2019 for the official groundbreaking on a new 130,000-square-foot plastics recycling facility at the former Guide Lamp site .
have to give approval to restart the program .
“ We hope to start in the first quarter of 2021 ,” he said . “ The program has proven it has value . Our corporate partners are pleased with the people coming through the program and the fact that they are remaining on the job .”
Students take part in a onemonth program to develop skills required by local manufacturing companies . The participants are paid $ 10 per hour while in training .
AAMP had planned six training sessions this year .
Considering the low unemployment rate before the COVID-19 pandemic , the