precision manufacturing

New England News
6:12 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Program Seeks To Fill Void In Manufacturing Workforce Training

Some of the machines used for training at the mechanical engineering center at Springfield Technical Community College.
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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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New England News
6:15 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Chinese Rail Car Maker Builds Support For Possible Springfield Factory

CNR-CRC President Lu Xiwei is flanked by Springfield Chief Development Officer Kevin Kennedy ( at right) and Putnam Vocational Technical High School Principal Gilbert Traverso. The school would be part of a program to train workers for the rail car factory Lu's company is considering building in Springfield
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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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New England News
6:14 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Gov. Patrick Promotes Manufacturing In Massachusetts

Mass. Gov. Deval Patrick toured Advance Manufacturing Co. of Westfield
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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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New England News
12:49 pm
Sun October 27, 2013

State's Top Economic Official Believes Manufacturing Will Grow In Massachusetts

Massachusetts Economic Development Secretary Greg Bialecki tours the Mechanical Engineering Technology center at Springfield Technical Community College. The state awarded a $1.2 million grant to rehab and expand the center to double the number of students enrolled for training to work in the precision manufacturing sector.
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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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New England News
12:43 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Gov. Patrick Promotes Plan To Increase Spending On Education

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick at the machinists training program at Springfield Technical Community College
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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.

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New England News
3:50 pm
Mon August 6, 2012

New Job Training Program For Precision Manufacturing Announced

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.

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