PITTSFIELD -- Berkshire Community College recently held a certificate ceremony for 12 students who completed BCC’s Level 2 Manufacturing Program at Taconic High School.
A partnership between BCC and Taconic, the program is funded by grants from the Massachusetts Community Colleges & Workforce Development Transformation Agenda (MCCWDTA) and the Department of Labor’s Rapid Response program.
The funding enabled the institutions to provide Level 1 and Level 2 manufacturing training that is aligned with the curriculum set by the Manufacturing Advancement Center Workforce Innovation Collaborative (MACWIC).
The 12 graduates are: Craig Caldera of Adams; Dwight Godley of Pittsfield; Dakota Ketchen of Lee; William Ketchen of Lee; David Lantz of Dalton; Joseph DiNicola of Pittsfield; Gregory Hanson of Pittsfield; David Robillard of Adams; George Saul of Pittsfield; Daniel Scorpa of Lanesborough; Kendell Thompson of Pittsfield and Kenneth Welch of Dalton.
Following the ceremony, a mini-career fair was held for the students who have completed the Level 2 program. The successful completion of this program gives students the ability to enter into the workforce with a strong knowledge of basic manufacturing concepts and skill sets.
"We are delighted to see our students complete the advanced manufacturing program and successfully pass the state-wide MACWIC certification exam. These graduates will help to ensure that our Berkshire workforce has the technically focused workers needed to thrive," said BCC’s Vice President of Community Education/Workforce Development Bill Mulholland.
The MMCWDTA funding allowed for the purchase of the equipment and curriculum for both Level 1 and Level 2 training. The instruction and supplies for the training programs was funded through the Department of Labor’s Rapid Response program.
Nine students who successfully completed the level 1 training program in January, continued with the 100-hour, noncredit, level 2 training which consisted of the following courses: Introduction to Lean Manufacturing and Problem Solving; Introduction to CNC Milling Concepts and Hands on Training; Introduction to CNC Turning Concepts and Hands on Training; and Introduction to Programming and GD&T.
Six of the 12 students completed an additional 15 hours of training with an Introduction to Paper Technology course.
Seven students who took the comprehensive MACWIC Level 2 credentialing exam passed with a score of 85 or higher.
Earlier this year, 20 students passed the MACWIC Level 1 credentialing exam.