For more information about manufacturing at GCC:

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

Join us for an info session to learn more:

Upcoming dates

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

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Monday 4/9 – 3:00pm-5:00pm
@ Franklin/Hampshire Career Center

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Monday 5/7 – 3:00pm-5:00pm
@ GCC Downtown

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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.


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    Foundational Manufacturing

    For students interested in exploring the world of manufacturing and learning the fundamentals that will prepare them for an entry level position in manufacturing, or as a precursor to the CNC Operator program. Classes can be taken separately or as a bundle.

    Applicants to non-credit manufacturing trainings should take our free Manufacturing Readiness class. This class prepares you for manufacturing trainings by determining your mechanical aptitude and math readiness.

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    Students can take the following Manufacturing classes without being enrolled in the Foundational Manufacturing program:

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    CNC Operator

    This 8-week accelerated training program prepares students for entry-level positions in:

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

    Curriculum includes blueprint reading, metrology and CAD/CAM instruction, with a significant portion of the training dedicated to hands-on applications.

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  • Many engineering technology classes are offered as blended courses, which means that they can be taken either as non-credit or credit classes. Credit classes can be applied towards GCC’s one-year certificate in Engineering Technology.

  • 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.

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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