A graduation ceremony and reception was held for the first graduating class of the Adult Machine Tool Technology Training Program. Graduates and their families were honored by the employers who helped craft the program, along with the directors and counselors of the Saratoga, Warren, Washington Counties Workforce Investment Board and the WSWHE BOCES.
Of the 15 students originally enrolled in the program, five have already secured employment as a result of this training.
The 500-hour program was developed to address the current and anticipated need for machinists in Advanced Manufacturing and in Specialty Machine Shops across the region. Classes began on November 4, 2013 and were conducted Monday through Thursday from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. as well as all day every other Saturday at the Southern Adirondack Education Center.
The customized training was funded in part through a $3 million federal Workforce Innovation Fund grant. The three-year WIF grant was awarded to a consortium of four Capital Region WIBs specifically to build awareness of careers offered in STEM occupations (science, technology, engineering and math) and to fund STEM training initiatives. These training initiatives are designed to meet the growing demand for skilled workers in STEM related industries including nanotechnology, energy, biotechnology, and advanced manufacturing.
Additional support for the training program was provided by the Workforce Development Institute, which is a statewide organization dedicated to developing and supporting regional solutions to the challenges posed by workforce, economic, and community development.
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