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City of Fairfield to offer 3D printer training

The city of Fairfield is creating a class to train citizens on 3D printers and to attract businesses to the area.

Fairfield was awarded a $25,000 grant by the Idaho Department of Labor after it applied for the department’s micro-grant program. Fairfield recently conducted a community review with the Idaho Rural Partnership to identify what skill sets were lacking in the community.

The Fairfield city government met with local employers, who said the community needs workforce training  in 3D printing and AutoCads, computers that help to control machines such as 3D printers.

The DOL micro-grant program awards up to $25,000 to local, rural communities for workforce development projects. Project requirements can be found on the department’s website.

Fairfield, a small city located about 60 miles northeast of Mountain Home, also collected about $26,000 from local partners.

Fairfield will order its AutoCad system and 3D printer this week after meeting with businesses to decide what model is most useful for training. The grant money will go toward hiring a teacher to teach four three-month-long courses a year.

The classes, held two nights per week, are open to seven adults or high school students. If there is a high demand, additional seats may be added to future courses, said Fairfield Planning and Zoning Administrator Megan Stelma.

“What we came out wanting to do was identify what skill sets were lacking in the community and decide how to train for those positions,” Stelma said. “We hope to attract new employers and to help fill current open positions.”

Anyone interested in enrolling can call the Fairfield City Office at 208-764-2333.

About Benton Alexander Smith

Benton Alexander Smith is a reporter for the Idaho Business Review, covering the Idaho Legislature, new business, technology and financial services.