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.


North Quabbin Entrepreneurship CenterDozens of area business leaders and local officials joined representatives from Mount Wachusett Community College for a ribbon cutting ceremony on May 9 to officially launch the new North Quabbin Entrepreneurship Center in Athol. The center, located at 80 Freedom Street, is a partnership between the town of Athol and its Community Development Block Grant program and the college’s Division of Lifelong Learning and Workforce Development.

“We recognize that small businesses are absolutely essential to the economic health of the region,” said Jacqueline Feldman, vice president of Lifelong Learning and Workforce Development at MWCC. Classes are tailored to benefit those interested in starting their own business and current owners of small businesses interested in enhancing their skills.

While open to anyone who wants to register for classes, tuition waivers will be made available through the town’s CDBG program for income eligible residents from Athol, Petersham, Phillipston and Royalston, as a priority. Income eligible residents from Erving, New Salem, Orange, Warwick and Wendell will also be eligible for tuition waivers as class limits allow.

Upcoming classes include: budgeting for your company; starting your own business; interpretation of financial statements; project management risks and cost analysis; basic and intermediate financial accounting concepts for managers; and starting your own direct sales company.

To register for classes, contact Teresita Encarnacion at the MWCC workforce development office at 978-630-9575 or via email at