Seven industry leaders join RCBI workforce advisory board

The Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI) at Marshall University has named seven additional industry leaders from across the state and region to its Workforce Development Advisory Board.

Board members help shape the industry-focused curriculum for RCBI’s nationally recognized Machinist Technology/CNC and Welding Technology programs, ensuring the career skills programs educate and prepare graduates to meet the specialized needs of manufacturers of all types and sizes.

New members of the board are Kim Mack of Cyclopes Industries in South Charleston; Christina Craigo of HG-Medical USA in Huntington; James Mull of The Mull Group in Wheeling; Linn Yost of Micro Machine Works, Inc., in Barlow, Ohio; Andrea Bourdelais of Level 1 Fasteners in Huntington; Michael Bombard of Bombardier Aerospace in Bridgeport; and Jacob Plasters of Toyota Motor Manufacturing West Virginia in Buffalo.

“These manufacturing leaders have their fingers on the pulses of the workforce needs of a diverse group of successful companies,” said Charlotte Weber, RCBI Director & CEO. “They will help us ensure our program is and remains focused on developing and preparing the skilled talent that companies need to grow and prosper.”

RCBI offers its Machinist Technology/CNC Program in Huntington, Bridgeport, Williamson and Welch. The Welding Technology Program is offered in Cabell and Wayne counties. Students earn national certifications from the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) or the American Welding Society (AWS). They have the option of pursuing a one-year certification or a two-year associate of applied science degree from a local community college partner.

Since the programs’ inceptions, RCBI has trained more than 600 machinists and nearly 200 welders.