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Advanced Manufacturing

Advanced manufacturing program seeking third class of students

Monday, June 9, 2014

GREENFIELD — Organizers of an advanced machining program designed to jump-start the area’s manufacturing industry are searching for their next group of students. The 12-week, 288-hour training program teaches unemployed and underemployed workers computer-aided manufacturing skills. This fall’s session, held in the revamped Franklin County Technical School machine shop, will be the third of four grant-funded training programs. Local employers have invested hundreds of thousands of dollars into the project … 0

New year, new gear

Thursday, January 2, 2014

GREENFIELD — Following a year that saw nearly $800,000 pour into Franklin County to jumpstart the area’s advanced machining industry, officials will dedicate 2014 to fine-tuning the “Middle Skills Academy” and to ensuring that companies receive the newly qualified machinists they were promised. Over the course of the coming year, about 30 people will take part in the Middle Skills Manufacturing Initiative — … 0

15 graduate in first class of advanced manufacturing training program

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

TURNERS FALLS — In his seven years working as a machinist for the Athol-based L.S. Starrett Co., 48-year-old Orange resident Robert Donnelly has witnessed a manufacturing industry that’s abandoning manual machines and relying more on computer programming to power production. Now, after completing the inaugural 11-week, 220-hour Middle Skills Manufacturing Initiative training program — a partnership between local manufacturing businesses, the Franklin County … 0

Manufacturers aim to retool Tech School machine shop

Thursday, February 14, 2013

TURNERS FALLS — When local manufacturing companies look at Franklin County Technical School, they see eager students who are not getting the proper training they need to enter today’s work force. Students in the machine technology program do … 0

Good or bad, technology changes county workplaces

Friday, January 25, 2013

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the last in a series on the effect on middle-class jobs in the wake of the Great Recession, and the role of technology. If technology is hurting employment in Franklin County, that’s news to … 0

Businesses have jobs, but no properly trained workers

Friday, January 25, 2013

GREENFIELD — Advanced manufacturing companies up and down the Pioneer Valley have job openings, but employers say that few here in Franklin County possess the necessary skills and training to qualify for the jobs. In an effort to jump-start the industry, a team of stakeholders has created an … 0