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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. The next cohort will start in Spring 2015 and recruitment will begin in October.

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.

For more information about manufacturing in Western MA, watch this video.

You can also visit the Middle Skills Manufacturing Initiative (MSMI) section at  http:/ or contact:

See GCC in the news!

Click here to read about GCC’s award for excellence in manufacturing training.

Click here to read about the Dept of Labor grant and its impact on future manufacturing training.

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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