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MassMEP Diversifies Accelerated CNC Training Program, Partners with Seven Hills Foundation

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February 20, 2018 – Worcester, MA – This February, nine participants in the MassMEP Accelerated CNC (Computer Numerical Control) Skills Training Program completed their training and received advanced MACWIC certification. The graduates spent seven weeks participating in an intensive experience that incorporates both classroom and hands-on curriculum to prepare them for jobs as CNC machine operators. This class was the first in which MassMEP partnered with Seven Hills Foundation in Worcester to train one of their supported individuals.

MassMEP's training model combines classroom instruction, virtual simulation, and hands-on training to build job-ready skills. Additionally, students are provided work readiness skills that are critical in order to secure employment in today's manufacturing industry. The training program was funded by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development and Hollings Manufacturing Extension Program.

MassMEP's Accelerated CNC Skills Training Program graduation class, February 2018
Congratulations to MassMEP's Accelerated CNC Skills Training Program
graduation class, February 2018.

What began as an idea to train people with autism for careers in manufacturing morphed into a pilot project broadened to include people with various disabilities. One highly motivated individual, who happened to be in a wheelchair, was selected for this initial pilot. With support services from Seven Hills and a willingness from all training partners to see what was possible, Kelly O'Brien graduated as a certified CNC machine operator with the rest of her class.

Kelly O'Brien is the first Seven Hills Foundation client to graduate from MassMEP's Accelerated CNC Skills Training Program, February 2018
Kelly O'Brien is the first Seven Hills Foundation client to graduate from
MassMEP's Accelerated CNC Skills Training Program, February 2018.

"Kelly has worked hard and shown the drive and determination to take advantage of this opportunity and build a career path in a sector that is highly sought and needed here in Massachusetts," said Trudy Dould, Clinician at Seven Hills Foundation. "Throughout this training, she showcased her abilities and did not let her disability present an obstacle in her goal of obtaining this certificate." Seven Hills, along with other partners, is in the process of obtaining a special, motorized wheelchair that will allow Kelly to achieve a vertical, standing position to assist her at work.

"Seven Hills is committed to partner with MassMEP to provide manufacturing training to some of our supported individuals," said Dr. David Jordan, President of Seven Hills Foundation. "This is a wonderful opportunity to educate and empower people to live the valued and meaningful life they choose...and provide Massachusetts manufacturers with great employees."

Since developing the training program to meet the demands of Massachusetts manufacturers, MassMEP has graduated 411 students in accelerated CNC training with a total placement rate of 93.5% and an average starting wage of $18.84 per hour.

"MassMEP continues to expand its training programs to prepare students for the future in manufacturing to meet the demands of Massachusetts manufacturers," stated John Killam, President of MassMEP. "We are excited to grow the partnership with Seven Hills Foundation and provide training for currently unemployed individuals to earn a living wage for themselves and their families."

Accelerated CNC Skills Training Program
The Accelerated CNC Skills Training program covers 260 hours overall and includes 80 hours of foundational manufacturing skills, 100 hours of advanced CNC skills training at WPI, 40 hours of MasterCAM, 10 hours of OSHA safety training, and 30 hours of career readiness. Upon graduation, the students receive a 10-hour OSHA general industry card, a Massachusetts pre-apprentice certificate, and MACWIC certification validating the competencies that manufacturers require.

Applied Manufacturing Technology Pathway Certification
Applied Manufacturing Technology Pathway Certification

About MassMEP
Massachusetts Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MassMEP), part of the national NIST MEP system, is a leading resource for manufacturers. Committed to success in manufacturing, MassMEP transforms companies through solutions focused on innovative growth, operational excellence, and workforce development. The organization cultivates a sustainable community built on supportive relationships, idea sharing, achievement, and next generation manufacturing.  For more information, visit

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