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MassMEP Graduates Its 11th Advanced CNC Class

November 5, 2013 – Worcester, Massachusetts -- Massachusetts Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MassMEP) recently graduated its 11th Advanced CNC class. The 12 graduates, half of whom had job offers on completion of the program, participated in a rigorous program of study. Coursework included shop math, blueprint reading, Mastercam, metrology, geometric distancing and tolerancing (GD &T), basic CNC skills, and basic Lean Manufacturing. The program is sponsored by the federal government with a grant through the H1B Technical Skills Training Grant which focuses on creating pathways to further people's educational opportunities.

During graduation, each participant received an Apprenticeship certificate, a Lean to Green certificate, a MACWIC Advanced CNC (Level 3) certificate, and an OSHA card. State Senator Michael Moore and State Representative John Fernandes spoke at the ceremony.

"It was a real pleasure to attend the graduation ceremony for the graduates of this special program," stated State Representative Fernandes. "It provides not just a new job but new skills that open a lifetime of opportunity to those who may have felt opportunity had passed them by. The smiling faces of the graduates were all the testimony one needed to see to know how successful this program is. Our task as legislators is to find a way to bring this program to more and more people across the Commonwealth."

11th Advanced CNC class

"Programs like Advanced CNC help the community prepare for the manufacturing renaissance," said Ted Bauer, Manager of Workforce Development Programs for MassMEP. "The success of the program is exemplified by the fact that half of the graduates had accepted new positions prior to graduation. The others are actively engaged with potential employers."
   
"I learned so much in this Advanced CNC training program," said Jesse Hills, a graduate. "I realized my potential as a skilled worker and as a student. This training has enabled the twelve of us to get a start in a career that is difficult to enter without previous experience. The training with the HAAS CNC machines at WPI provided invaluable hands-on experience. This program has really turned my life around and showed me that together we can bring manufacturing back as a lasting career to our community."

The Advanced CNC Program covers the first three levels of the Applied Manufacturing Technology Certification, a pathway to higher education. CNC Program graduates are eligible to earn college credit for showing competency in various areas during on the job training at their new employer. This can translate in to a full year of credits toward a two-year degree. In addition to technical skills, the graduates received several classes in resume writing assistance, professional development, interviewing skills, and teambuilding. Near the end of the program, the MassMEP Workforce team coordinated a career fair with area employers who are seeking CNC trained employees. The job fair resulted in second interviews and job offers for many of the graduates.

"It was not easy, by any means, but it was a great experience," shared graduate Michael Katz. "I learned a lot. I have this new energy to keep learning and hopefully will get my Associates' Degree sometime in the near future!"

The 12 graduates, who spanned a wide range of ages, previous work experience, and expertise, heard about the program through their local Career Center after becoming unemployed. Since 2009, 109 people have graduated from the Advanced CNC Program and report a 90+% placement rate.

About MassMEP
Massachusetts Manufacturing Extension Partnership provides services that help manufacturers transform and grow their organizations. From workforce strategies to lean training to supply chain management, MassMEP delivers positive, measurable, and sustainable impact on a company's top and bottom lines. Key programs include Innovation for Growth, Workforce Strategies, Systemic Continuous Improvement, and Value Opportunity Profile. For more information, visit www.massmep.org.

For further information contact:
Kathie Mahoney
MassMEP
100 Grove St.
Worcester, MA 01605
Tel: 508-831-7020
E-mail: kathiem@massmep.org
Web: http://www.massmep.org

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