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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.

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.

 

Mount Wachusett Community College will oversee a $15.9 million, multi-state grant to provide accelerated training and credentials to students pursuing careers or job advancement in advanced manufacturing.

On Sept. 18, the U.S. Department of Labor announced 57 new grants totaling $475 million 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 the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training grant program, a multi-year, $2 billion initiative to expand targeted training programs for unemployed workers, especially those impacted by foreign trade.

Mount Wachusett joined Southwest Tennessee Community College, North Central State College in Ohio, and Bossier Parish Community College in Louisiana 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.

The consortium was awarded a total of $15,875,432. MWCC, the lead institution, partnered with the three colleges based upon similar economic development goals and interests in their regions. MWCC will receive $6,450,356 to provide accelerated training and credentialing programs in North Central Massachusetts that build upon manufacturing training initiatives implemented by MWCC through Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) funding received in 2011.

United States Senators Elizabeth Warren and Edward J. Markey, Congresswoman Niki Tsongas, and Congressman Jim McGovern applauded MWCC for securing a major grant from the Department of Labor.

“Massachusetts is a national leader in advanced manufacturing, and this grant will help train students for jobs in the 21st century innovation economy,” Senator Warren said. “I applaud MWCC for their efforts to secure this major grant and for being selected as the lead institution. This exciting initiative will help develop and strengthen partnerships between MWCC and employers in North Central Massachusetts.”

“Mount Wachusett Community College has been working to meet the training needs of manufacturing employers in Worcester County, and I commend MWCC for securing this funding that will prepare students to work in our vibrant innovation economy,” said Senator Markey. “This important grant will help manufacturing  businesses in surrounding areas increase their competitive edge by lowering their training costs for developing skilled employees.”

“Boosting American manufacturing and increasing educational opportunities are two of the most critical components to job growth and a healthy economic future. With this Department of Labor funding, Mount Wachusett will provide central Massachusetts with top-tier training and credential programs, sending positive ripple effects through our manufacturing companies and workforce,” Congresswoman Tsongas said. “This is yet another example of how Massachusetts and especially the Third District has become a national leader for cutting- edge technology innovation and development.”

“This major federal grant will enhance Mount Wachusett Community College’s role as a leader in developing pioneering job-training pathways for their students,” Congressman McGovern said. “I am a strong believer that we must invest in ensuring that our students of today are well trained for the careers of tomorrow. This grant, partnering Mount Wachusett with colleges around the country, will allow workers, veterans, and other students to secure work quicker, in more advanced positions.”

MWCC’s Division of Lifelong Learning and Workforce Development and the college’s development office applied for the competitive grant earlier this year.

“We are delighted to be selected as the lead institution in this critical workforce initiative and in the confidence the Department of Labor has shown in our college and in the consortium to help reshape the workforce in our respective regions,” President Daniel M. Asquino said.

“Regional statistics show a need for skilled employees in advanced manufacturing, an industry that does form the backbone of our local economy,” said Jacqueline Belrose, Vice President of lifelong learning and workforce development. “This grant will enhance our ability to provide hands-on training, experience and credentials to hundreds of unemployed and incumbent workers in our region and put them on their way to high-paying jobs at local companies.”

Key local partners in the MWCC effort include Nypro, Inc., SMC, Ltd., Celltreat Scientific Products, Operon Resource Management, the North Central Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce, the North Central Massachusetts Development Corporation, the Greater Gardner Chamber of Commerce, the Nashoba Valley Chamber of Commerce and the North Central Massachusetts Workforce Investment Board. Leominster Center for Technical Education Innovation, and Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School also will be involved in the partnership.

The Advanced Manufacturing, Mechatronics, and Quality Consortium will serve more than 1,720 TAA-eligible workers, veterans and other individuals in Ohio, Louisiana, Massachusetts and Tennessee. Each college brings a unique expertise in the mechatronics and quality fields that will be leveraged to create and implement stacked and latticed credentials that will be shared across all four colleges.

Mount Wachusett has expertise in quality and metrology; Bossier Parish Community College has expertise in process control mechatronics; North Central State College has expertise in electrical mechatronics, and Southwest Tennessee Community College has expertise in industrial mechatronics.

Together all four colleges will implement an entry level program that will include a common assessment process for assessing students’ advanced manufacturing aptitude using Standard Timing Model technology and Work Keys enabled tools and will align with the National Career Readiness Certificate that will be regionally adaptable to meet the unique needs of each region. The project’s intent is that all students will complete the training with the National Career Readiness Certificate and one or more industry-recognized certifications that can be stacked and latticed for greater skill attainment and employment flexibility.

Additionally, all colleges will align curriculum and offer a Certified Production Technician curriculum aligned with the Manufacturing Skills Standards Council (MSSC). AMMQC will then develop and/or adapt intermediate and advanced stackable and latticed credentials using a Center of Excellence approach that uses the existing strength of each college to develop competency models and corresponding credentials that will be validated by industry and shared across all colleges. These stackable credentials will address the needs of employers for increased technical skills; they will be customized to each of the region’s needs so that the credits will articulate into credit-bearing programs at the colleges and among colleges.

The Manufacturing Institute, an affiliate of the National Association of Manufactures (NAM), will serve as the key partner in aligning the targeted stacked and latticed credentials developed and/or modified with industry recognized credentials. AMMQC will also develop a common system for awarding prior learning credit and using technology enhanced instruction that will accelerate time to completion.

 

Mount Wachusett Community College, in partnership with Operon Resource Management, is recruiting adults of all ages, experience and education for training in the field of medical device manufacturing. This five-week training program is 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.

The Medical Device Manufacturing Program runs Sept. 17 to October 17 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 4 to 9 p.m. at MWCC’s Devens campus. 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. Additional sessions will take place in fall 2013 and in 2014.

Program content prepares eligible students for entry level positions as assemblers, operators, inspectors and technicians. Participants possessing higher level skills may also find employment in quality control or as group leaders. The course includes hands-on, lecture-based material as well as self-paced KeyTrain curriculum leading to the National Career Readiness Certification. Workplace success skills as well as technical content related to quality functions are also incorporated into the program.

Students must possess a minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent. Scholarship funds are available through a grant to Mount Wachusett Community College and Operon by the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education Rapid Response Program.

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.

This program is supported by the Massachusetts Community Colleges & Workforce Development Transformation Agenda, which is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment & Training Administration (TAACCCT).

Information sessions will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. through Oct. 3 at MWCC’s Devens campus, 27 Jackson Road. To register for an information session, call 978-630-9569.