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MassMEP and Quinsigamond Community College Partner to Create Path to Associate Degree In Manufacturing Technology

MassMEP
Quinsigamond Community College

January 17, 2013 – Worcester, Massachusetts -- The Massachusetts Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MassMEP), an organization that helps the state's manufacturers transform and grow their organizations, is pleased to announce a new Associate Degree Completion Program developed in conjunction with Quinsigamond Community College (QCC). Designed for individuals interested in advanced manufacturing, the program provides a pathway to a QCC A.S. degree in Manufacturing Technology, Applied Manufacturing Option. Students receive QCC credit for specific MassMEP courses and on-the-job training. On completion, they may then apply for admission to the QCC degree program.

"Our goal is to increase the talent pool for advanced manufacturing," stated Jack Healy, Director of Operations, MassMEP. "A key component is a certification pathway, a standard instruction set and evaluation process that provides workers with readily employable skills. We work hand-in-hand with employers and the community to provide a defined skill set that reduces the cost to hire and train. The QCC A.S. degree in Manufacturing Technology, Applied Manufacturing Option, is the culmination of this pathway. It gives workers new opportunities for advancement and provides employers with workers skilled in advanced manufacturing technologies and processes."

Dr. Gail Carberry, President of QCC said, "We are pleased to have leveraged this important partnership for all individuals concerned. QCC students get the training and credentials they need to pursue a career in a burgeoning, advanced manufacturing industry while local companies receive highly skilled, sought-after employees. We're excited to offer more opportunities for our students to contribute to the local economy."

The Associate Degree Completion Program is comprised of three steps:

  1. Individuals will receive instruction through MassMEP's Advanced CNC Skills Training in partnership with WPI. QCC will provide credit for classroom-based instruction and on-the-job training in manufacturing technology.
  2. On completion of Step One and submission of required documentation, QCC will credential apprentice training hours as QCC Manufacturing Technology (MNT) elective credit.
  3. Those who successfully complete the above steps may apply for admission to QCC's degree program, A.S. In Manufacturing Technology, Applied Manufacturing Option.

QCC enrollment is currently open and spring semester classes start January 22, 2013. A One-Stop Registration event is being held at the Worcester campus, 670 West Boylston Street, through January 18, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. where all QCC offices involved in registration and enrollment can be accessed easily in one location, to simplify the process for prospective students. QCC Admissions can also be reached at 508.854.4262.

 

Applied Manufacturing Technology Credentials

Figure 1. MACWIC Applied Manufacturing Technology Credentials

Individuals interested in starting in the Applied Manufacturing Option must attend recruitment information sessions that are conducted throughout the year. Dates and locations for the information sessions can be found on the calendar at www.STEMPower.org and the One Stop Career Centers across central Massachusetts. The next training is scheduled to begin March 4, 2013 and recruitment begins February 1. See the STEMPower.org calendar to locate the information sessions across the region. 

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, and Systemic Continuous Improvement. For more information, visit http://www.massmep.org

About Quinsigamond Community College
Quinsigamond Community College is the most affordable higher education in Worcester County. As a regional leader in education and workforce development, QCC serves the diverse educational needs of Central Massachusetts by providing affordable, accessible, and high quality programming leading to transfer, career, and lifelong learning. For more information, visit www.QCC.edu.

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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