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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

‘Amazing experience’

Friday, December 6, 2013

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Dana Graves was beaming as he headed to his last Middle Skills Academy metal-working class. He had just been offered a full-time job as a machinist at Valley Steel Stamp Co. “It’s been an amazing experience,” said Graves, one of five members of the first … 0

Sisson runs a specialized shop hidden in the woods

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

NORTHFIELD — Even in Franklin County, the last thing you’d expect to find in the middle of a wooded setting on top of a mountain is a factory that churns out thousands of parts for satellite telecommunication systems or for diagnostic medical equipment. But it’s all there at … 0

Tech School beefing up machinist instruction

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

TURNERS FALLS — Striking a balance between available tools and instruction, the Franklin County Technical School is hiring a third instructor for the newly modernized machine shop. The school, local businesses and the state invested in modern machine shop technology this year, renovating the space and equipping it … 0

Tech getting up to speed on new machines

Thursday, October 31, 2013

TURNERS FALLS — Wheeling the hulking but sophisticated machines into the Franklin County Technical School’s machine technology shop wasn’t the end of the effort to raise the program to the demands of modern machine shops, more than 10 … 0

VSS wins statewide workplace training award

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

GREENFIELD — With its president and CEO winning more than $700,000 to equip and help train a new workforce for the region’s manufacturers in the 21st century, Valley Steel Stamp Co. has now won recognition from a statewide … 0

Tech ed. retooled

Friday, September 13, 2013

TURNERS FALLS — It started months ago with an idea based on a simple fact: local manufacturing companies estimated they were turning down 90 percent of their potential work because they didn’t have enough qualified employees. Their only … 0

Big demand for new skills

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Before anyone had even formally announced the first in a series of 12-week training sessions in “advanced manufacturing” skills for local unemployed and under-employed workers, 43 people had applied for what will be at most 15 slots, according to Franklin Hampshire Regional Employment Board officials. The new two-year … 0

Tech School machines in line for $250,000 from state

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

TURNERS FALLS — Pending Gov. Deval Patrick’s approval, $250,000 is headed to Franklin County to buy 13 modern metal-working machines for Franklin County Technical School. Local manufacturing companies have already raised $215,000 for the project, and could see that number hit as high as $290,000 this summer, said … 0

Money for machines

Friday, May 17, 2013

TURNERS FALLS — Manufacturers’ effort to secure $500,000 for new metal-working machines at Franklin County Technical School — to help train 21st century metal workers for local industries desperate for such workers — won another victory Wednesday: a $250,000 proposed allocation from the state’s Senate Ways and Means … 0

Money for machine training rolling into place

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

TURNERS FALLS — Local manufacturers believe their goal to raise $500,000 for new metal-working machines at Franklin County Technical School — equipment that would be used to prepare both young and old for jobs in the changing industry … 0

New ‘tools’ needed to train new generation of machinists

Friday, February 22, 2013

GREENFIELD — Manufacturing is dead; long live manufacturing, say Franklin County economic leaders who led a “myth-busting” panel discussion Friday. “We turn away, right now, 80 percent of the work that’s offered to us,” said Valley Steel Stamp … 0

Modern equipment

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Education: it’s all about the future. As Nelson Mandela said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Let’s expand this thinking to say that education is the most powerful tool we have to keep pace with an ever-changing world. Keeping up … 0