advanced manufacturing

Congresswoman Niki Tsongas speaks with Mount Wachusett Community College biotechnology students Dana Procell and Savannah Cooke during a tour of the college’s Devens campus Monday. The Congresswoman joined state and college officials to celebrate the start of Manufacturing Week.

Congresswoman Niki Tsongas speaks with Mount Wachusett Community College biotechnology students Dana Procell and Savannah Cooke during a tour of the college’s Devens campus Monday. The Congresswoman joined state and college officials to celebrate the start of Manufacturing Week.

Congresswoman Niki Tsongas, Housing and Economic Development Secretary Greg Bialecki, Labor and Workforce Development Secretary Rachel Kaprielian, and dozens of regional business and community leaders gathered at Mount Wachusett Community College’s Devens campus on Monday, Sept. 29 to celebrate the start of Manufacturing Week.

The event marked the success to date of a $15.9 million multi-year Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant MWCC and three partnering schools in Ohio, Louisiana and Tennessee received last fall to develop and expand advanced manufacturing programs in partnership with industry.

Governor Deval Patrick proclaimed Sept. 29 through Oct. 3 as Advanced Manufacturing Week in Massachusetts, underscoring the administration’s support of the robust advanced manufacturing industry and its workforce throughout the Commonwealth. The week-long celebration coincides with national efforts to promote the role advanced manufacturing plays in the economy, with the third annual National Advanced Manufacturing Day being celebrated on October 3.

“It is both gratifying and timely to see North County manufacturing experiencing a renaissance,” said MWCC President Daniel M. Asquino. “We are grateful for the Congressional assistance we received to be the lead institution with three other colleges to develop curriculum in conjunction with employers’ needs. We have seen 70-percent placement among our 82 graduates and are amazed at the opportunities in North Central Massachusetts for mid-level employees.”

As she visits companies throughout her district, Congresswoman Tsongas said she is “constantly struck by the level of innovation” she sees among industry and public partnerships. Mount Wachusett “is committed to educating the workforce, the young people and the not so young, is committed to being a partner with local businesses, and is mindful of the true manufacturing skillset needed,” she said.

“Manufacturing is thriving and growing in all parts of the state, not just in Boston,” Secretary Bialecki said. “Schools like Mount Wachusett are listening to businesses and understanding what it means to train people for 21st century advanced manufacturing careers.”

Secretary Kaprielian quipped that “every day should be manufacturing day” because of the industry’s enduring significance to the state’s economic development. “This is not your grandfather’s manufacturing, and it is not dirty, polluting or imported. It is knowledge-based with a career ladder,” she said. “Nowhere are you training people better than at the community college level. Mount Wachusett is an example for the rest of the state.”

President Asquino welcomes students and job seekers to the college’s Manufacturing Day expo, held Oct. 3 at the Devens campus.

President Asquino welcomes students and job seekers to the college’s Manufacturing Day expo, held Oct. 3 at the Devens campus.

The manufacturing week kick-off event included a tour of the college’s Advanced Manufacturing Training Center and biotechnology labs. Speakers also included State Senator Jamie Eldridge, State Rep. Stephen DiNatale and Gardner Mayor Mark Hawke.

The event also coincided with Monday’s White House announcement that the Massachusetts Community Colleges Consortia will receive an additional $20 million grant under the final round of TAACCCT funding. The 15-member group, led by Massasoit Community College, received the grant to continue advancing state-wide initiatives addressing the training and educational needs in the STEM fields – Science, Technology, Engineering and Math – as well as advanced manufacturing and healthcare. The Consortium was awarded the highest-funded of 66 U.S. DOL grants.

At MWCC, the new round of funding will be used to create and enhance certificate programs in career readiness, hospitality, cyber security, information technology and other areas.

In recognition of National Manufacturing Day on Oct. 3, MWCC’s Devens campus hosted an Advanced Manufacturing Career Expo. Attendees toured the manufacturing and skills-training labs and participated in hands-on exercises and individual information sessions.

Mount Wachusett Community College is hosting an Advanced Manufacturing Career Expo on Friday, Oct. 3 in recognition of National Manufacturing Day.

The career expo will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in MWCC’s Manufacturing Workforce Certification Center, located at the college’s Devens campus, 27 Jackson Road. Registration begins at 11 a.m., followed by opening remarks at 11:30 and ongoing tours, demonstrations and table displays beginning at 11:45.

Serving as a networking and informational event, the expo will bring together industry representatives and job seekers. Participating companies will accept résumés and highlight career options and training programs. Attendees can tour the manufacturing and skills-training labs and participate in hands-on exercises and individual information sessions.

MWCC opened the Manufacturing Workforce Certification Center in fall 2013 in response to the increasing demand for production workers. Manufacturing accounts for nearly 25 percent of the workforce in North Central Massachusetts, employing more than 14,000 people in the region. The college offers a variety of credit and noncredit STEM programs at its Devens campus, including the Advanced Manufacturing Industrial Readiness Training program, the Analytical Laboratory & Quality Systems Certificate program and associate degree and academic certificate programs in biotechnology/biomanufacturing.

The career expo is free, although reservations are required. To reserve a seat, call978-630-9569 or email Julie Crowley, TAACCCT III Regional Project Manager, atjcrowley@mwcc.mass.edu.

manufacturingThe long-standing collaboration between MWCC, the North Central Massachusetts Workforce Investment Board, and industry is showcased as a model demonstrating best practices for building and sustaining regional partnership in a new video created by the Advanced Manufacturing Regional Partnership Academy (AMRPA).

MWCC, known for its well established partnerships with corporations such as Nypro and Bristol-Myers Squibb and the recipient of a recent $15.9 million, multi-state grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, is featured in the video along with the North Central Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce, the North Central Workforce Investment Board and Nypro, Inc.

MWCC’s vice President of Lifelong Learning Jacqueline Belrose; Dean of Workforce Development John Henshaw; Kathleen Kirby, National Consortium Project Manager of of the TAACCCT-funded Advanced Manufacturing & Quality Consortium, are among the college officials interviewed in the video. The video was one of three unveiled during an AMRPA meeting in June.

The academy brings together manufacturers, workforce investment boards and academia to help regions throughout the state develop sustainable and effective partnerships that respond to industry needs.

Established by Gov. Deval Patrick in 2013 to accelerate the adoption of best practices, capacity building and industry engagement, the academy is a collaborative effort of the Advanced Manufacturing Collaborative, the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development, the Executive Office of Education, the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development, and the University of Massachusetts. The academy is funded by MassDevelopment through the Advanced Manufacturing Futures Fund.

 

 

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Mount Wachusett Community College is recruiting adults of all ages, experience and education for training in the growing field of advanced manufacturing. Full scholarships are available for eligible students who enroll in an upcoming six-week day program or five-week evening program that will be offered at MWCC’s Devens campus.

Students who successfully complete either program will earn an MWCC Certificate of Completion, OSHA 10-hour Safety Certification and the National Career Readiness Certificate.

The six-week Advanced Manufacturing Industrial Readiness Training will meet Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Classes will begin on April 28, and a second session will be offered beginning on June 9. The course includes hands-on, lecture-based material as well as self-paced KeyTrain curriculum leading to the National Career Readiness Certification.

Information sessions for the day program will take place at MWCC’s Devens campus, 27 Jackson Road, on April 10 and April 15 at 10 a.m.

The five-week, 75-hour Medical Device Manufacturing Program will meet Monday through Thursday from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. The course will be offered April 22 through May 22, and again from May 27 through June 27.

Information sessions for the evening program will take place at the Devens campus from 6 to 9 p.m. on April 7, April 14 and April 16.

The training programs are designed especially for unemployed or underemployed adults, veterans and recent high school graduates who want to train for careers in medical device manufacturing and related industries. Programs provide students with training in skills required for entry-level employment as technicians in manufacturing, validation, quality control, documentation, process operations and more.

Students must possess a minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent. Students will have access to staff members who will assist them with the registration process, facilitate access to support services, and help them with their search for employment when they have completed the certificate program successfully. Tutoring and job search support is also available.

Manufacturing accounts for nearly 25 percent of the workforce in North Central Massachusetts, employing more than 14,000 people in the region. The demand for skilled workers continues to grow as a result of new opportunities and the retirement of older workers.

Both programs are funded through the U.S. Department of Labor Employment & Training Administration’s Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant program. The evening program is also funded by a grant to MWCC and Operon Resource Management by the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education Rapid Response Program.

For more details about the program or to register for an information session, call 978-630-9569.

Housing and Economic Development Secretary Greg Bialecki toured the Advanced Manufacturing Workforce Certification Center at Mount Wachusett Community College’s Devens campus on Feb. 27.

During the tour, a live training class was in session, providing a firsthand glimpse of the hard work that occurs at the center on a daily basis. The tour highlighted the center’s ability to provide space and tools for hands-on experience to participants seeking skills recognized by their industry as critical to their success.

“These centers are the driving forces behind providing our workforce with the skills they need to compete, and are a critical part of the reason why Massachusetts is leading the nation in growing a 21st century advanced manufacturing sector,” said Secretary Bialecki. “We remain committed to supporting this vital industry and ensuring a strong manufacturing workforce for our future.”

“Mount Wachusett Community College is proud to be recognized as an educational leader that delivers quality, advanced level training to learners of all ages. We are fortunate to be selected as stewards of federal and state resources that enable us to build upon our successful community and industry partnerships, in collaboration with the Commonwealth, to bring the very best training opportunities to our regional workforce,” said MWCC President Daniel M. Asquino.

The center is funded in part by the federal $20 million Community Colleges grant, provides industry-recognized assessments to companies looking to evaluate current and potential staff in the areas of mechanical, electrical and programmable logic circuitry skills.The center also serves as a venue for industry meetings and workshops and is a resource to the region.

MWCC was also chosen as the recipient of a grant in 2012 as part of Governor Patrick’s Community College initiative to put more people in Massachusetts back to work and to strengthen the connections between community colleges, employers and the workforce.The $272,000 grant was used to increase college readiness and ultimate attendance rates, improvement of student success at the College and a new commitment to civic engagement activity.

Other assessments, including the nationally recognized WorkKeys program, are available to employers. Curriculum designed to meet specific incumbent worker training needs is also available, as is the ability to work with companies to develop grant proposals for training through the state Workforce Training Fund.

Prior to the tour, Secretary Bialecki led a roundtable discussion with the North Central Advanced Manufacturing Consortia, comprised of workforce, education and employer partners to discuss the partnership work to support manufacturing in the region and future plans, including an update on the current Workforce Competitiveness Trust Fund, grants from the U.S. Department of Labor, and Rapid Response grants.

This meeting is one in a series taking place at manufacturing sites across the Commonwealth to discuss regional manufacturing partnerships. These partnerships are led by workforce, education and business leaders who are working together to train entry level workers to increase the talent pipeline and training incumbent workers as part of succession planning for hundreds of manufacturers across the state.

MWCC president Daniel M. Asquino has announced the leadership team that will oversee a $15.9 million, multi-state TAACCCT grant initiative. Newly appointed team leaders include business executive Dennis Bunnell, industry consultant; National Consortium Project Manager Kathleen M. Kirby; Regional Consortium Project Manager Julie Crowley; and lead national director Jacqueline Belrose, MWCC’s Vice President of Lifelong Learning and Workforce Development.

Mount Wachusett Community College President Daniel M. Asquino has announced the appointment of the leadership team that will oversee a multi-state, $15.9 million project funded by the U.S. Department of Labor to expand career opportunities in advanced manufacturing.

In September, the D.O.L  awarded $475 million in Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grants to community colleges and universities around the country for the development and expansion of innovative training programs in partnership with local employers. The grants are part of a multi-year, $2 billion initiative to expand targeted training programs for unemployed workers.

MWCC, as the lead institution, and its partners Southwest Tennessee Community College, North Central State College in Ohio, and Bossier Parish Community College in Louisiana, received funding to create the Advanced Manufacturing, Mechatronics, and Quality Consortium to help job seekers quickly obtain training and credentials in the advanced manufacturing fields of Mechatronics and Quality career pathways.

Kathleen M. Kirby, Ph.D., who most recently served as executive director of CONNECT, a consortium of public colleges and universities in Southeastern Massachusetts, has been appointed national consortium project manager. Julie Crowley, who has worked in MWCC’s Division of Life Long Learning and Workforce Development for over 15 years, most recently as director of the college’s Devens campus, has been appointed regional consortium project manager.

Jacqueline Belrose, MWCC’s Vice President of Lifelong Learning and Workforce Development, will serve in the lead role as the project’s national director. Business executive Dennis R. Bunnell will serve as the project’s industry consultant and will chair its Advanced Manufacturing Advisory Board.

As executive director of CONNECT, a consortium of public colleges and universities in Southeastern Massachusetts, Kirby worked to bring curriculum into alignment with industry needs in Life Sciences, Manufacturing, and Health Care by bringing higher education leaders together with CEOs in industry and workforce. In this capacity, she developed a plan for a $5 million education and training center in Taunton, funded by the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center.

Kirby also brings significant experience in grants management and program development. She previously served as director of the grants office at Bridgewater State University and as manager of foundation support for NH Public Television, a division of the University of New Hampshire. She earned a Ph.D. in Modern Studies and a master’s degree in English from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, and a bachelor’s degree in English and Art from Syracuse University.

Crowley joined MWCC in 1996 as a coordinator of adult basic education services at the Devens site, and went on to oversee adult basic education literacy programs in Devens, Leominster, Gardner and Fitchburg. She was appointed director of the Devens campus in 2006 to oversee credit and non-credit programming.

As a non-traditional student, she is keenly aware of the challenges and barriers facing students today and is passionate about developing strategies to help students overcome challenges and build a better future for themselves, their families and their communities.

Crowley earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and is currently pursuing her MBA in management. She serves on the executive board of the Nashoba Valley Chamber of Commerce and participates actively in chamber events across the region.

Bunnell has held senior management positions in finance, human resources, strategic planning, sales, marketing, and operations for major paper manufacturers. He has extensive international executive experience serving on global management leadership teams for multinational, European-based manufacturing companies while directing their North American operations.

Bunnell was the president and CEO of Munksjö Paper in Fitchburg for nine years before leaving to re-start an idled paper manufacturing company in New York State at the request of NYS’s Empire Development Corp.

While in Fitchburg, he was active in the community, participating in regional development initiatives including serving on the board of directors of the North Central Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce and serving as a trustee of the Fitchburg Art Museum. He facilitated a Manufacturing CEO Roundtable for seven years, and was a founding member of the CEO Club of Boston. He  previously served on Gov. Mitt Romney’s Regional Competitiveness Council for Central Massachusetts. He earned a B.A. in Economics from Otterbein College and a J.D. from Fordham University School of Law.

 

A student enrolled in the Advanced Manufacturing Career Preparation Program this past fall completes a manual dexterity exercise providing insight into working in a clean room environment.

Mount Wachusett Community College is recruiting adults of all ages, experience and education for training in the growing field of advanced manufacturing. Full scholarships are available for eligible students who enroll in an upcoming six-week day program or a five week evening program. Both programs begin on Jan. 27 at MWCC’s Devens campus.

Manufacturing accounts for nearly 25 percent of the workforce in North Central Massachusetts, employing more than 14,000 people in the region. The demand for skilled workers continues to grow as a result of new opportunities and the retirement of older workers.

The training programs are designed especially for unemployed or underemployed adults, veterans and recent high school graduates who want to train for careers in medical device manufacturing and related industries. Programs provide students with training in skills required for entry-level employment as technicians in manufacturing, validation, quality control, documentation, process operations and more.

Students who successfully complete the program will earn an MWCC Certificate of Completion, OSHA 10-hour Safety Certification and the National Career Readiness Certificate, while learning about working in the fast-growing, federally regulated, medical device manufacturing field.

The six-week, 180-hour Advanced Manufacturing Career Preparation program will take place Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. This program is open to students who do not already have a college degree. The course includes hands-on, lecture-based material as well as self-paced KeyTrain curriculum leading to the National Career Readiness Certification.

The five-week, 75-hour Medical Device Manufacturing Program will take place Monday through Thursday from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. This program is open to students who are currently employed and/or have already earned a college degree.

Students must possess a minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent. Students will have access to staff members who will assist them with the registration process, facilitate access to support services, and help them with their search for employment when they have completed the certificate program successfully. Tutoring and job search support is also available.

Information sessions will take place at the Devens campus, 27 Jackson Road, on Jan. 9 at 9 a.m., Jan. 14 at 10 a.m., and Jan. 15 at 5 p.m. To register for an information session, call 978-630-9569.

Both non-credit manufacturing programs are made possible in part by the Massachusetts Community Colleges and Workforce Development Transformation Agenda (MCCWDTA). MCCWDTA is 100% funded by a $20 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment & Training Administration to the Massachusetts Community College system. Tuition support for the day program is supported by a Workforce Competitiveness Trust Fund grant awarded through the North Central Massachusetts Workforce Investment Board by Commonwealth Corporation on behalf of the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development.The evening program is funded by a grant to MWCC and Operon Resource Management by the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education Rapid Response Program.

MWCC President Daniel Asquino, center, with FSU President Robert Antonucci, right, and Angelo Sabatalo, corporate director of training and organizational development for Nypro in Clinton, signing one of the transfer agreements.

Mount Wachusett Community College, Quinsigamond Community College, and Fitchburg State University recently signed articulation agreements that will allow for seamless training and educational opportunities for members of the state’s advanced manufacturing workforce.

Officials from the Patrick-Murray Administration joined U.S. Rep. James McGovern, state legislators and officials from Massachusetts Manufacturing Extension Partnership, and the presidents and representatives of the institutions to announce the partnership. MWCC President Daniel M. Asquino, QCC President Gail Carberry and Fitchburg State President Robert V. Antonucci signed the agreements during a ceremony on Oct. 9 at Presidents’ Hall in the Mazzaferro Center on the Fitchburg State campus.
 
U.S. Rep. James McGovern said manufacturing is key to the state’s future, and said education will be an important factor in its success. The articulation agreements are indicators of strategic partnerships between the private and public sectors, he said.
 
“Part of the natural resources of Massachusetts, I’ve always felt, are our colleges and universities,” Congressman McGovern said. “Collaboration is very, very important. The private sector needs the assistance of the public sector.”