CHICOPEE — Senator Eric P. Lesser toured the Advanced Manufacturing Training Program at Chicopee Comprehensive High School, which teaches unemployed adults new skills to enter the field of high-tech manufacturing, on Tuesday.
Sen. Lesser sponsored amendments increasing the program’s budget for several years, including highlighting the program in his maiden speech as Senator in 2015.
“Manufacturing may be changing, but it is here to stay. In Western Mass alone, there are thousands of jobs in high-tech manufacturing that go unfilled every year. To keep our manufacturing industry thriving, we have to invest in training programs that give people the skills to fill these jobs and take full advantage of these rewarding careers,” said Senator Lesser.
The program is administered by the Regional Employment Board of Hampden County in collaboration with the Western Massachusetts Chapter of the National Tooling and Machining Association. The program involves 230 hours of training classes over 15 weeks, taught by technical instructors from Chicopee Comprehensive High School and two rotating engineering technicians.
The program model is designed to provide participants with entry-level machining competencies focused primarily on the operation of Computer Numerical Control (CNC) equipment.