Innovate Washington, an affiliate of Spokane-based Ignite Northwest, is overseeing $2.4 million in federal grant money being used primarily to pay for advanced training for rural employees in manufacturing-related fields statewide.
The U.S. Department of Labor contributed $1.3 million to the grant. The U.S. Economic Development Administration contributed $750,000, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology—which is overseen by the U.S. Department of Commerce—added $375,000.
Employees working in manufacturing fields can earn certificates for project management, Six Sigma quality management, manufacturing leadership, constraints management, and logistics and supply chain management.
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