By STEVEN T. DENNIS
Working in partnership, manufacturers in Washington and Frederick counties, Hagerstown Junior College and Frederick Community College plan to use a $176,000 state grant to upgrade the area's work force and boost the number of higher-wage manufacturing jobs in the area.
The Potomac Manufacturing Advanced Technology Center will provide customized training for area manufacturers, said Robin Spade, HJC's associate dean of continuing education and economic development.
By getting together, the companies can save on the costs of training by pooling their resources.
"Much of it will take place at the manufacturers' sites," Spaid said.
Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Coordinator Beverly Baccala said the state has made it a point focus more on training and educating new and existing employees than on offering financing incentives for job creation.