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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