Westchester County Economic Development Office and Westchester Community College announce advanced vocational training program in manufacturing

Program to help people with no previous experience acquire skills for a career in demand

As part of the county’s commitment to develop the local advanced manufacturing industry and ensure businesses have access to skilled local talent, The Westchester County Economic Development Office and Westchester Community College announced a vocational training program for advanced manufacturing. The program, which will launch in January 2022, puts people with little or no prior manufacturing experience on the path to a highly skilled, well-paid and sought-after career.

Westchester County Executive Georges latimer said, “Westchester County is home to a diverse high-tech manufacturing industry that has a huge impact on our local economy. This program will help equip the next generation of employees with valuable skills and ensure our companies have access to the talent they need locally.

Bridget gibbonsWestchester County Economic Development Director said: “This program is a great opportunity for people interested in technology, open to learning new skills and looking for good, well-paying jobs to become candidates for jobs. careers in demand. Manufacturing processes have changed so much over the years – from the integration of robotics to artificial intelligence (AI) – and professional training provides an introduction to these exciting technologies as well as the basics of the industry.

President of Westchester Community College Dr Belinda Miles said: “The WCC has seen an increase in enrollments of those who have chosen to upgrade their skills and take professional training in areas that are and will be the engines of our economic re-emergence. A WCC training serves as a catalyst, preparing our students for the skills and certifications they need to move up the socio-economic ranks and support themselves and their families. This program illustrates how the COE partners with local industries to identify future labor needs and then prepare workers for these critical roles.

It is not necessary to have a college degree to begin a career in advanced manufacturing. The Westchester Community College program allows participants to achieve certification at their own pace and provides education and mentorship. Participants will learn skills to create products using computers, robotics, 3D printing and more, as well as master the basics of safety, quality, manufacturing processes and production. green. The program will also provide opportunities to see firsthand how things work at some of Westchester’s leading manufacturing companies. Upon completion, participants will hold a CPT 4.0 certification from the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC).

The Advanced Manufacturing Vocational Training Program will launch in January 2022 and those interested can visit: WestchesterCatalyst.com/SignMeUp to be notified when the registration period opens. Westchester County Economic Development Office will lend laptops free of charge to participants in need.

It should be noted that the National Association of Manufacturers’ nonprofit and workforce development partner, the Manufacturing Institute, predicts that there will be 2.4 million unfilled jobs in the industry. manufacturing industry by 2028. And, the Office of Advanced Manufacturing with the National Institute of Standards and Technology, an agency under the US Department of Commerce, recently noted that about 75 percent of manufacturing jobs do not do not require a four-year university degree.

Gibbons added, “The demand for skilled workers in advanced manufacturing is increasing. This program is a great way for people to learn about the opportunities that exist in the industry and to become the candidate that many companies are looking for. I encourage anyone who is tech-savvy, curious about how products are made, and looking to start their next chapter of work to apply for this program.