Out of work? In a job that pays too little? Wish you’d taken a vocational-technical pathway? It’s not too late! Take advantage of GCC’s manufacturing training, available FREE to qualified candidates.

GCC offers FREE training for qualified candidates in basic and advanced manufacturing—online training is available too, for beginners and for continuing professional development! New sessions begin regularly. Some employment and education restrictions may apply; join us for an info session to find out if you are eligible!

Upcoming dates

Monday 4/10 – 3:00pm-5:00pm
@ GCC Downtown

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Monday 5/15 – 3:00pm-5:00pm
@ Franklin/Hampshire Career Center

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Monday 6/12 – 3:00pm-5:00pm
@ GCC Downtown

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    Foundational Manufacturing

    Sessions are offered 5 times a year

    Take the first step and join us for an info session! RSVP online above.

    A 4-week intro series that prepares you for positions in metal, plastics and food industries such as:

    • Production Worker
    • Assembly Technician
    • Shipping & Receiving Clerk

    Trainings include

    • Manufacturing Math (20 hrs)
    • Introduction to Lean Manufacturing (5 hrs)
    • Metrology (15 hrs) & Blueprint Reading (15 hrs)
    • OSHA 10 Safety (10 hrs)
    • Work Readiness (15 hrs)
    • Supplemental online, distance learning manufacturing classes

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    Advanced Manufacturing – CNC

    Sessions are offered in Spring 2017

    Prepare yourself by taking Foundational Manufacturing classes

    Take the first step and join us for an info session to find out if you qualify! RSVP online above.

    A 15-week intensive series that prepares unemployed/underemployed adults for entry-level positions in

    • CNC Machining/Milling/Turning
    • Blueprint Reading
    • Metrology
    • MasterCAM

    Curriculum includes blueprint reading, math for manufacturing, metrology, MASTERCAM, and CAD/CAM instruction, with a significant portion of the 220 hr. training dedicated to hands-on applications in a shop.

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    Online Training

    Online, on-demand classes in machine and manufacturing technology. Pick and choose from beginner to advanced classes in topics like

    • Fractions and Decimals
    • Shop Algebra
    • Cutting Tool Materials
    • Modern Grinding Technology
    • CNC Specs for the Lathe
    • Milling Calculations
    • Intro to Screw Machining

    And much more! Take intro classes if you’re just starting out in manufacturing, or advanced classes for professional development if you’re already working in the industry and want to enhance and grow your skill set.

  • I’m interested in your manufacturing program. Where do I begin?

    Your first step is to attend an information and application session, or to request information from our office so we can match you with available programs. Admission to all of our programs requires the completion of an application and math, literacy and mechanical aptitude assessments. Applicants to our Advanced Manufacturing Training must meet additional employment, wage and education criteria. Not sure which program is right for you? Contact us and we’ll help you figure it out!

    Which manufacturing program is right for me?

    It depends. Our Advanced Manufacturing Training has the strictest eligibility requirements. However, our Foundational Manufacturing Training and Online Manufacturing Trainings have more flexibility. Even if you don’t meet the requirements of Advanced Manufacturing Training, you may still be able to participate in one of our other programs. That’s why your first step is to contact us for more information!

    What is the cost of classes?

    Nothing, our manufacturing training classes are FREE to qualified applicants. Thanks to our grant funders, if you qualify for participation in one of our trainings, your tuition will be fully covered.

    I don’t think I qualify for free training, but I’d like to participate anyway. Can I pay to take manufacturing classes?

    Unfortunately, at this time no. Our grant funding limits participation only to those candidates who qualify for a full tuition subsidy.

    When do classes begin?

    We have sessions beginning regularly. Attend an info session to find out when our next series of classes begins, and if you qualify.

    Is a CORI check required to participate?

    We do not require any background screening for participating in our manufacturing training. However, your eventual employer my require drug screening and/or a CORI/SORI check.

    I haven’t been in school in a while and my math is a little shaky. Will that be a problem?

    Applicants must meet minimum reading, math and mechanical aptitude requirements. Applicants are required to take computerized placement tests in these subjects prior to admission. We do not provide any test preparation services, but GCC’s Testing Center is a great resource for practice test links and tips.

  • Admission to our manufacturing programs requires completion of an application and math, literacy and mechanical aptitude assessments. In addition, participants in Advanced Manufacturing Training must meet the following requirements:

    • Be unemployed or underemployed
    • Attend an info session
    • Complete an application
    • Perform well on reading, math and mechanical aptitude assessments
    • Be a US citizen or legally able to work in the US
    • High school diploma or equivalency preferred
    • Priority for those without a college degree

    Employers may require a drug screening test and background checks (CORI, SORI). Our other programs may have more flexibility. So that we can best match you with available opportunities, attend an info session or complete this form and we will be in touch!

For more information about manufacturing at GCC:

April Estis-Clark, College and Career Navigator
(413) 775-1602

Promotion of this project is supported by the Commonwealth’s Advanced Manufacturing Futures Program administered by MassDevelopment. This program is funded by a $20 million grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration, Grant # TC-26450-14-60-A-25.


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