precision manufacturing

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The Patrick administration today announced more funding to help strengthen the advanced manufacturing industry in Massachusetts.

       Massachusetts will distribute $1.5 million to be shared by five regional workforce development agencies across the state to help recruit and train 280 unemployed or underemployed people for careers in precision manufacturing.    A vocational high school in western Massachusetts will get $400,000 to equip its machine shop with state of the art equipment.         

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Under a reorganization that started two years ago, the community colleges in Massachusetts are becoming regional workforce development centers.  Holyoke Community College is building a new facility to help meet the demand for skilled workers in the health care industry.

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Two top officials with the Obama administration visited western Massachusetts today to see the impact of federal dollars on workforce development.

U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez and U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan were briefed about the job training programs developed by Massachusetts community colleges since the schools were awarded $20 million by the Labor Department in 2011 to forge partnerships with employers.

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A new report says advanced manufacturing companies in western Massachusetts continue to struggle to hire production employees despite efforts over the last couple of years to close the skills gap and attract more people to careers in the field.  The state’s top economic official says the manufacturing sector in Massachusetts remains strong.

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With manufacturers in Massachusetts struggling to find trained people to hire, Governor Deval Patrick today announced a pilot program between two community colleges funded by a partnership that includes some of the state’s biggest companies.

The program run jointly by Springfield Technical Community College and Holyoke Community College aims to take unemployed and under-employed people and give them the skills needed to get an entry level job in manufacturing.  Governor Patrick, who announced the pilot program at STCC, called it vital to enhancing the state’s competitive edge.

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Top executives from a Chinese rail car company who are considering building a $30 million factory in Springfield, Massachusetts got a look today at where their future employees might come from.  Springfield Public School officials and workforce development specialists have proposed a program to train workers to meet the company’s needs.

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A day after a report said the Massachusetts economy grew solidly at the end of last year Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick came to western Massachusetts today to promote the state’s growing manufacturing sector.

Governor Patrick toured Advance Manufacturing Co. of Westfield -- a family- owned business that employs 200 people. The company makes precision parts that are used on submarines, fighter jets, helicopters and the International Space Station.

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The Massachusetts Economic Development Secretary Greg Bialecki says he is “bullish” on the future of precision manufacturing.  But the state faces a challenge to train a workforce for jobs in the manufacturing sector.  Bialecki, last week, visited a training center at Springfield Technical Community College where the state spent $1.2 million to expand and modernize the classrooms.   WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Bialecki

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Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick is campaigning for a big tax hike. Patrick is making the case that more revenue is needed to pay for things people say they want and need.

   Governor Deval Patrick, during a recent swing through western Massachusetts, pressed the case for raising  taxes to invest in education and transportation infrastructure.  Patrick met with students and faculty in a machinists training program at Springfield Technical Community College. The program prepares people to work in the precision manufacturing sector.

A jobs training program aimed at the so-called “skills gap” is being launched in western Massachusetts.  It’s a new effort to help the unemployed acquire the skills needed to land a job in the growing field of precision manufacturing.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.