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Advanced Manufacturing Training

Posted on Monday July 22nd 2013

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Advanced Manufacturing Training

Local manufacturers have highlighted the strong need for new and experienced workers in advanced manufacturing.

Due to the aging workforce and high demand, there are more precision manufacturing jobs than qualified workers to fill them.

Experienced precision machinists can make $40,000 to $75,000 annually.

Greenfield Community College has partnered with Franklin County
Technical School, the Franklin Hampshire Regional Employment Board and Career Centers, and a consortium of area manufacturing companies to develop and implement new training programs to meet this growing need.



A 12-week intensive training program to prepare unemployed/underemployed adults for entry-level CNC machining will be held weekday evenings at FCTS starting in September.

The curriculum will include 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.

Four rounds of the CNC operator trainings will be offered Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, and Spring 2015. Applications for the Fall 2014 cohort and Information Sessions will start in June. Click here, to see ways to prepare for the next session.

For more information go to the Middle Skills Manufacturing Initiative (MSMI) section at  http:/ or contact:

Click here for our initial press release

This project is funded by a Workforce Competitiveness Trust Fund grant through the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development. The grant program is administered by Commonwealth Corporation.

This program is also 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.

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