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Release No. COC-11.09.16-ETPGrant
November 9, 2016

New Contract Funds Low-Cost Employee Training for Local Firms

The College of the Canyons Employee Training Institute (ETI) has received a $548,205 contract from the California Employment Training Panel (ETP), which is the 13th contract of its kind awarded to the college. 

Valid for two years, the reimbursement contract will allow COC to provide worker training to client companies in the Santa Clarita Valley who wish to retain an up-skilled workforce. 

“This represents over two decades of providing ETP funded training for local employers,” said John Milburn, Director of ETI, which has administered more than $4 million in ETP funds over time. 

The ETP contract helps offset the costs charged to employers for training. The savings to employers can be as much as 75 percent off the regular price utilizing ETP funds.  

“The ETP is critical to ETI and to the business community, and ultimately to the economy of California,” said John Milburn, ETI director. “Workers are able to get training in high-level training topics such as Lean Six Sigma, project management, manufacturing skills, supply chain management and many other topics.” 

Unique to California, ETP is a program that is geared toward job creation and job retention through training in an effort to keep California companies competitive and operating within the state. 

“Manufacturers are considered a ‘priority industry’ and we have many manufacturers here in Santa Clarita Valley that benefit from this program every year,” said Milburn. 

For more information about the College of the Canyons Employee Training Institute, visit​