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Advanced Manufacturing Program Offered at CCC Fulton Campus

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People who are interested in building a career at a local manufacturing plant may apply for tuition assistance and admission in the Pre-Employment Advanced Manufacturing Certificate Program that begins Oct. 17 at Cayuga Community College's Fulton campus.

The 10-week course was developed by area manufacturers, the staff of Oswego County Workforce NY, and Cayuga Community College (CCC) to prepare job-seekers for jobs as entry level production workers at local industries. Classes are taught by industrial trainers who work for local industries.

The Oswego County Workforce New York office will hold an informational session for interested job seekers Tuesday, Oct. 4, from 3 to 7 p.m. at the One Stop Center located at 200 N. Second St., Fulton. Job seekers will be able to talk with One Stop staff about tuition assistance for the program, meet with representatives of local industries, and learn about funding and other training opportunities offered through Center for Career and Community Education (CCCE) and Oswego County Workforce NY.

"The development of the Pre-employment Advanced Manufacturing Program is a crucial step towards helping local manufacturers fill high demand jobs and providing Oswego County individuals the opportunity to build a career pathway in advanced manufacturing. This program is a great opportunity for an individual looking to enter a field that provides a good wage, benefits, and opportunity for advancement," said Carla DeShaw, Executive Dean of Community Education and Workforce Development, CCC.

The 10-week program that begins Oct. 17 is the third session of the Pre-Employment Advanced Manufacturing Certificate program offered at the CCC Fulton campus this year.

"This program is designed as an introduction to many aspects of the manufacturing industry," said Chad Whelsky, employment specialist for Oswego County Workforce NY. "Students learn technical skills -- like blueprint reading and OSHA safety rules, along with soft skills such as teamwork, dependability, and problem-solving. The class visits local manufacturing companies to learn about their business and meet management staff. Students who complete the course are prepared to start a career in entry level production positions such as production workers, machine operators and other entry level skilled positions with area companies."

So far 23 students have graduated from the first two 10-week sessions of the course. Many of them are now employed at local manufacturing companies such as Huhtamaki, Novelis and PaperWorks.

The course meets during the evening Monday through Thursday, allowing students and their instructors to work during the day. Tuition for the 180-hour certificate program is $2,500. Tuition assistance is available through the Work Force office in Fulton.

Priority for tuition assistance is given to low-income residents and people facing barriers to employment.

The Oswego County Workforce New York office also offers programs to help people assess their skills, look at a variety of training options, and determine if a career in the manufacturing field is a good fit.

"Applicants are evaluated on a case-by-case basis," said employment advisor Michelle Smith. "There are several other options and training opportunities available, including on-line courses, and people can learn about them at the informational session Oct. 4."

Job seekers who take the Pre-Employment Advanced Manufacturing Certificate program have the option of continuing in a career path in advanced manufacturing. CCC offers a one-year credit bearing certificate program; there are also opportunities for two-year degree programs at CCC and four-year degree programs at SUNY Oswego.

"The advanced manufacturing program has been a very important jumping off point to a good-paying career for several students who didn't feel very confident about their future," said Whelsky. "The jobs which these folks are training for will very often lead from reliance on social services to full self-sufficiency."

To find out more about the Pre-Employment Advanced Manufacturing Certificate Program and other career training opportunities, job seekers are encouraged to attend the Oct. 4 informational session from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Oswego County Workforce NY One Stop Center, 200 N. Second St., Fulton, or call the office at 591-9000. Refreshments will be served and special giveaways will be available to the first 50 attendees.

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