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Over the course of his 30-year career with The Dow Chemical Company, Rich Wells has held leadership roles in a wide range of areas including advanced manufacturing and engineering (M&E); business leadership; environment, health and safety (EH&S); energy and climate change; and public policy. As a member of the Dow Operations Leadership Team, Wells is responsible for 10 advanced manufacturing sites across North America, ensuring the production and delivery of worldclass products and solutions in a safe, reliable, and efficient manner. He also directly manages Dow Michigan Operations—a global strategic site with over 3,000 employees manufacturing specialty products for the agricultural, automotive, energy, electronics, pharmaceutical, and food industries.
Foundation: What is Fast Start?
Wells: It began as a way to create a pipeline for our advanced manufacturing chemical technicians. The idea is to recruit and prescreen candidates for any field in
high demand, to build or leverage an existing academic curricula targeted to fill those jobs regionally, and to offer these folks non-traditional, high intensity training. It is a win-win, providing just-in-time talent for the employer and finding the right job fit for prospective employees.
Foundation: Can you describe a typical Fast Start student?