MCC Offers Manufacturing Certificate Classes

MANCHESTER – April 11, 2012 – Manchester Community College will be offering a Pre-Manufacturing certification program in the exciting and rewarding world of modern manufacturing beginning May 23, 2012.

This 300-hour program will run through August and is designed to provide students with real-world shop experience. “Coursework includes an overview of various functions in a manufacturing environment with an emphasis on job readiness,” said Janet Alampi, Director of Business and Industry programs at MCC. “Along with classroom instruction, students learn the basics of operating conventional machinery in the machine shop. Topics include manufacturing concepts, workplace communication, computer applications, and introductory levels of measurement, bench work, manufacturing math, blueprint reading and interpretation, and lean manufacturing.”

Today’s manufacturing environments are interesting, clean, and employ advanced technology – including computer-aided design and manufacturing. In addition, opportunities are on the rise, with more than 5,500 firms in Connecticut, many of whom are either hiring now or preparing to hire in the near future.

Students who successfully complete MCC’s spring program and want to become precision machinists may proceed into the more advanced classes in the precision machining certificate program or enroll in technology studies at MCC.

MCC’s manufacturing certification programs have a respected track record for graduating students who get jobs. Anthony Horn, a recent graduate, is currently employed at the Whitcraft Group. “I now have a full-time position with lots of growth potential,” he said. “This would not have been possible without the training I received at MCC. Looking back, I am amazed that so much material was covered in such a short time. This type of program is exactly what our community needs – a real pathway to a real career.”

Yesenia Cuello, who now works at CT Tools Manufacturing, agreed. “This is an excellent program,” the mother of four said. “It has given me the opportunity to enter a new world I honestly never knew existed. Machining is challenging but a good trade to have.”

The spring program also provides an opportunity to meet local employers through tours of nearby manufacturing plants and to obtain internships.

Cost of books and tuition totals about $3,200 for the 300-hour Pre-manufacturing Program. However, eligible unemployed and underemployed individuals can benefit from funding provided by the Connecticut Manufacturing, Energy and Transportation (CT-MET) initiative, a Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) Community College and Career Training grant, as implemented by the U.S. Dept. of Labor Employment and Training Administration. Qualified applicants can attend free of charge.

Registration is now open, and the spring program has space for 16 students. Another series of classes will begin in September. For more information, visit www.mcc.commnet.edu/manufacturing or call Continuing Education at 860-512-2800. To register, call Ed Dombroski at 860-512-2814.

Students of any age who possess the desire to pursue higher education are welcome at Manchester Community College. MCC is proud of its academic excellence, new facilities, flexible schedules, small classes, low tuition and faculty with both academic and “real world” credentials. The College offers over 60 programs, transfer options, financial aid and scholarships, as well as access to baccalaureate degrees through guaranteed admissions programs with several universities. MCC is situated on a park-like campus and is easily accessible from I-84.

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News Item Posted On: April 11, 2012
For Additional Information Contact: Bonnie Willgoos at 860-512-2928