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Manufacturing Programs

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

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.

Entry level manufacturing pays $10-$13 an hour — experienced precision machinists can make $40,000 to $75,000 annually!

Local manufacturers have highlighted the strong need for new and experienced workers in advanced manufacturing due to an aging workforce. Greenfield Community College and our local partners are developing and implementing new training programs to meet this growing need.

Metal Blocks

Foundational Manufacturing

Next session begins July 20, 2015
Join us for an info session to find out if you qualify!

A 5-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 (8 hrs)
  • Metrology (15 hours) & Blueprint Reading (15 hours)
  • OSHA 10 Safety (10 hours)
  • Work Readiness (32 hours)
  • Supplemental online, distance learning manufacturing classes

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Advanced Manufacturing – CNC

Next session begins August 31, 2015
Join us for an info session to find out if you qualify!

A 12-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.

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Frequently Asked Questions

I’m interested in your manufacturing program. Where do I begin?
Which manufacturing program is right for me?
What is the cost of classes?
I don’t think I qualify for free training, but I’d like to participate anyway. Can I pay to take manufacturing classes?
When do classes begin?
Is a CORI check required to participate?
I haven’t been in school in a while and my math is a little shaky. Will that be a problem?

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Admission to our 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, please complete this form and we will be in touch!

  • Our partners: Franklin-Hampshire Regional Employment Board and Franklin County Technical High School
  • Funded by a Workforce Competitiveness Trust Fund grant through the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development. Grant program is administered by Commonwealth Corporation.
  • Program supported by the MA Community Colleges & Workforce Development Transformation Agenda (MCCWDTA), which is 100% funded through a $20 million grant from the U.S. Dept. of Labor, Employment & Training Administration TAACCT, Grand agreement #TC-22505-11-60-A-25.
  • Supported by the MA Department of Higher Education Rapid Response Incentive Program to enable community colleges to respond in a timely manner to the workforce development needs of area employers.
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