Non-credit Manufacturing Programs

How to Apply

To enter one of the manufacturing programs, an applicant must have a high school diploma or a GED.

To begin the application process, you will need to make an appointment to meet with a member of the MCC manufacturing team to find out more about program requirements. You will also need to take a placement test. To schedule your appointment and your placement test, call 860-512-2813 and ask for one of the manufacturing coordinators.

Placement tests are given to applicants because a certain level of proficiency in math and English is required for success in the manufacturing programs. If an applicant does not meet the threshold requirements, MCC staff will make recommendations about online math programs available and/or about English classes that would be suitable. Using these tools can help applicants achieve the required skills.

Once an applicant has met with one of MCC’s manufacturing team members and has an appropriate score on the placement test, he or she can enroll in classes. It is important to note that certain forms of financial aid are not available for these programs because they are non-credit programs. However, if an applicant cannot afford tuition, there are often other sources of funding. The MCC staff person can help the applicant determine whether he or she is eligible for specific scholarships.


The MCC manufacturing programs are modular. Students can enroll in full programs and earn their certificate in a few months or can enroll in fewer courses and still earn their certificate in a year or so.

The programs are also “stackable.” That means that students can earn multiple certificates related to manufacturing and that these courses of study complement each other and can provide the student with multiple skill sets that employers are looking for.

If you have no manufacturing experience

Students with no manufacturing experience begin their studies with basic courses in manufacturing math, blueprint reading, measurement, safety, bench work, workplace communication, computer applications and conventional machining.

If you have recent manufacturing experience

Students who have recent manufacturing experience may be able to move directly into more advanced coursework, including CNC programming and operation. To be eligible for this fast tracking, students must take appropriate assessments and demonstrate to the MCC manufacturing team a proficiency in all of the basic coursework. MCC manufacturing staff will help determine proper placement of students with experience.

If you are currently employed in manufacturing

Frequently, companies choose to invest in their employees by providing them with the scheduling flexibility – and sometimes the tuition reimbursement – necessary to pursue further education at MCC. As with all students who have recent manufacturing experience, MCC staff will help the student evaluate which series of courses best fits his or her goals.

If you are unemployed and looking for funding to cover tuition

You may be eligible for tuition assistance. All of MCC’s non-credit manufacturing programs are approved for WIA and TAA. Contact your local One Stop or the Department of Labor for more information. If you are a veteran, you may also be eligible for benefits that will cover tuition. You can contact Veterans specialists in MCC’s Financial Aid office for more information. Call 860-512-3362 or 860-512-3388.

Last Update: January 05 2012
For additional information, call 860-512-2813.