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SMART program celebrating graduates from first class

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The Supporting Manufacturers and Regional Talent (SMART) program is holding a graduation ceremony, Tuesday evening.  It will be at the Colfax Auditorium in the St. Joseph County Library in South Bend at 6:00pm. 

This is the first class to graduate from the program. SMART trains 48 people through a twelve week course to get their Production Technician Certification.

The City of South Bend says the certification allows people to get jobs in manufacturing, and also gives employers a stronger labor pool to draw from. "We listened to area manufacturers who told us there are jobs available, but often the candidate pool does not have the relevant skills to immediately contribute," says Deputy Mayor Mark Neal. "SMART will help residents obtain the necessary skills to excel in existing job opportunities. This more experienced workforce will then help employers grow and create more jobs."

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