Growing Opportunities in Manufacturing through Bilingual Upskilling

At a Glance

The bilingual GOAL training program provides opportunities for English Language Learners to progress in advanced manufacturing careers.

Published may. 06, 2020


Areas of Work
  • Ensuring Equity in Advancement
  • Meeting Employer Needs

This brief documents the experiences of students and teachers of the bilingual training program GOAL (Growing Opportunities in America for Latinos).

About GOAL

GOAL combines English-language instruction with Certified Production Technician (CPT) training to establish career pathways in manufacturing and advance the skills of Indiana’s industrial limited-English proficiency (LEP) labor force.

Participants earn a credential for each CPT assessment module they pass (Safety, Quality Practices and Measurement, Manufacturing Processes and Production, and Maintenance Awareness), and by passing all four, they earn a full CPT certification.

The GOAL program is run by the Labor Institute for Training (LIFT) in Indianapolis, which secured $3.2 million in Department of Labor funding through the TechHire Grant in 2016; a program aimed at growing advanced manufacturing technical skills for residents with limited English proficiency.

My supervisor told me he sees a huge difference since I started the program. He sees how my skills have developed tremendously. He sees that my attitude is totally different because now I have a clearer understanding of the production process that I learned in the class.

GOAL student

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