SBE To Partner with Vermont HITEC

SBE Inc. (dba SB Electronics) has announced today that they will be partnering with the nonprofit Vermont HITEC and the Vermont Department of Labor to educate and train unemployed and underemployed Vermonters.

This new partnership will offer free eight-week training sessions, which will lead directly to guaranteed jobs for program graduates.  Upon completing training sessions, participants will enter a one-year state certified apprenticeship at SBE.  After successfully completing their apprenticeship, the program graduates will receive a Vermont State Apprenticeship Certificate of Completion, a Vermont HITEC Certificate of Completion, and may also earn college credits towards an Associate’s Degree.

Recruitment for the training programs will be announced over the next few months.  Individuals interested in the programs may visit or contact Steven Lutton, Project Leader at [email protected] or (802) 872-0660.

SBE expects to educate, train and hire up to 100 employees over the next four years through a series of such eight-week training sessions.  The program will be funded through a $951,000 federal earmark acquired by US Senator Patrick J. Leahy for the purpose of assisting unemployed and underemployed Vermonters. 

“We are growing rapidly and will need to hire and train new high-tech manufacturing staff,” said Paul Nelson, the Chief Operating Officer at SBE.  “We are extremely excited about having Vermont HITEC assist us in developing our workforce for the new generation of capacitor products.”

Vermont HITEC is a non-profit organization with a mission to transform the lives of Vermonters through employer-based education and training programs.  Vermont HITEC has worked with over 20 Vermont employers in a variety of fields to educate, train and employ approximately 500 Vermonters over the past ten years.  The Vermont Department of Labor has assisted Vermont HITEC in recruiting and selecting candidates for the various training programs, and provides the apprenticeship support for Vermont HITEC programs.

“We are equally excited about this partnership with SBE, Inc. and the education and employment opportunities it will bring to Central Vermont,” said Gerry Ghazi, President of Vermont HITEC.  “Successful graduates of the program will be provided a unique opportunity to receive high-quality training and guaranteed employment with a top area employer.”

SBE Inc. is a leading developer and manufacturer of film capacitor solutions that provide a much higher degree of reliability, power density, and simpler cooling infrastructure in demanding applications, particularly for automotive/transportation, alternative energy, utilities, power supplies/laser and military/aerospace.  Originally a Sprague Electric Plant, SBE has been manufacturing capacitors for over 50 years; producing over a billion capacitors, including the renowned Orange Drop®.  With the newer development of its DC Link Filter Power Ring Film Capacitor™, SBE Inc. was recently awarded a $9.1 Million grant by the Department of Energy to build a world class facility for the manufacture of this line of capacitors used in drivetrain inverters for plug-in hybrid and electric drive vehicles.  The company’s headquarters, engineering, product development center and manufacturing operation are located in Barre, Vermont. 

Stephani Cook, Marketing Assistant
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