Charlotte Weber, director and chief executive officer of RCBI, said in a news release that the partnership would create certified workers who can fill the open high-tech positions.
"The way for the United States to stem the tide of jobs lost overseas, and to restore its economy, is by investing in manufacturing technologies that make U.S. companies more competitive in the world market," Weber said in the release.
Spears said the FANUC Robotics Certified Education Robot Training program will rollout in the fall at the technology center in Charleston.
He said they are still figuring out program details so they can start the training.
RCBI hasn't confirmed any training partnerships with manufacturers in the state, but Spears said it will happen.
"Gestamp and Toyota are both users of the industrial robots so that's two manufacturers right there in our backyard," Spears said. "We've not formalized any training deals yet, but those are two manufacturers right here that have industrial robots on their shop floor now doing the work that needs to be done."
Sen. Jay Rockefeller said in a statement at the announcement Tuesday that training America's workers maintains the country's competitive edge.
"Rebuilding our economy and boosting high-tech manufacturing in West Virginia requires out-of-the-box ideas," Rockefeller said, "and RCBI's robotics program can help transform our workforce just as technology is transforming the way we make products and deliver services."
Sen. Joe Manchin said in a release that enhancing the state's manufacturing technologies is critical for both West Virginia's workforce and industry.
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