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. Scholarships are available for eligible participants. Register early to see if you qualify for available funding.

GCC offers 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 12/11 – 3:00pm-5:00pm
@ Franklin/Hampshire Career Center

RSVP online

Monday 1/8 – 3:00pm-5:00pm
@ GCC Downtown

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    Foundational Manufacturing

    Sessions are offered several 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
    • Introduction to Lean Manufacturing
    • Metrology
    • Blueprint Reading
    • OSHA 10 Safety
    • Work Readiness
    • Manufacturing Advancement Center Workforce Innovation Collaborative (MACWIC) certification by MassMEP
    • Factory Tour
    • Supplemental online, distance learning manufacturing classes

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    CNC Operator

    Next session offered in Spring 2018

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

    • CNC Mill & Lathe
    • Blueprint Reading
    • Manual Machine
    • CAD-CAM
    • CNC Programming with G-Code

    Curriculum includes blueprint reading, metrology, MASTERCAM, and CAD/CAM instruction, with a significant portion of the 160-hour 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 require applicants to undergo a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) check for our manufacturing trainings. For more information please contact Laura Earl, Staff Assistant, Student & Academic Affairs at (413) 775-1816.


    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:

Jon Kallio, Special Programs Coordinator
(413) 775-1624

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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