Greenfield Community College

GCC to host session for those seeking manufacturing jobs

GREENFIELD — Greenfield Community College will host an information session on Wednesday from 4 to 5 p.m. to provide details on two free training programs for job-seekers interested in preparing for careers in manufacturing. The information session will be held in the ground-floor meeting room of the GCC Downtown Center, 270 Main St., Room 120. The session is free and open to the public. Those who wish to attend can sign up online at

The introductory training that will run in May and June is called the Foundational Manufacturing Initiative. This 80-hour training focuses on five building blocks: manufacturing math, introduction to lean manufacturing, metrology, OSHA 10 safety and work readiness. The training can either prepare graduates to go directly to work in entry-level manufacturing positions such as assembly technicians, warehouse and production workers, and shipping and receiving clerks, or serve as preparation for advanced manufacturing training.

Also, Franklin Hampshire Regional Employment Board and GCC will be offering a third session of their successful advanced manufacturing training starting in September. This Middle Skills Manufacturing Initiative is a 12-week training that prepares participants to work on computer numerical controlled precision machining equipment as CNC operators. The curriculum includes blueprint reading, metrology and CAD/CAM for CNC mills and lathes, with a significant portion of the 220-hour training dedicated to hands-on project-based learning in the Franklin County Technical School’s new state-of-the-art advanced manufacturing lab.

“Our advanced manufacturing training is preparing job applicants for exciting and demanding work using precision equipment for medical devices, aerospace and other applications” says Alyce Stiles, GCC’s director of workforce development.

A graduate of the MSMI training and a local precision machining employer will also be on hand at the information session to talk about careers in the field. Graduates of the first MSMI training cohort are employed at local companies including Valley Steel Stamp, DuMont Corp., Bete Fog Nozzle and Quabbin Inc. in positions starting around $15 an hour.

The information session will outline the testing and other requirements applicants will need to meet in order to qualify for one or both of the free training programs. For more information, contact Alyce Stiles at 775-1607.

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