BCCE, Working Solutions partner for manufacturing industry training

The BOCES Consortium of Continuing Education (BCCE) and Working Solutions are partnering to offer a free 15-week training program for Madison County residents interested in working in the manufacturing industry.

The program, funded through the New York State Department of Labor, is aimed at unemployed residents of Madison County looking to expand the job opportunities available to them. It’s a program that manufacturing companies in the area say is greatly needed. James Dowd, vice president and general manager at Tronser, Inc., in Cazenovia said the program will help the company develop its own future workforce and ensure employees have the appropriate basic skills in blueprint reading, precision measurement equipment and applied math.

“Tronser, Inc. and I are extremely pleased that the state, the BOCES and the county have made this grant and program available,” Dowd said. “Tronser hopes to continue its growth but can only do so with qualified employees. We came to the conclusion long ago that we need to ‘grow’ our own employees.” Michael Reilly, Chief Operating Officer of Thermold Corporation in Canastota, and John DeRosier, Human Resources Manager of PPC in East Syracuse, both echoed Dowd’s comments.

“Thermold is extremely pleased this program has been established, as this type of training will enable us to build an entry-level career pipeline to fill our current and future employment requirements. As our company continues to grow and expand we are continually seeking entry level employees with good math, blueprint reading, and precision measuring abilities,” Reilly said. “Programs such as this will create a labor force that is better prepared to meet the challenges required by local manufacturers, thereby enabling the manufacturers to hire Madison County residents and expand their businesses locally.”

“PPC is always looking for talented CNC Machinists and Machine Operators,” DeRosier said. “We feel this training has the potential to develop a long line of potential candidates to help us build our future.”

Other area employers participating in the training program include: Canastota N/C, Hartman Enterprises, Lakeside Innovative Technologies, Manth Brownell, Marquardt Switches and Oneida Molded Plastics.

The free training program will run for 12 hours per week for 15 weeks. The first session begins April 16, and a second session will begin in August.

Training will include: career research; basic and industrial shop math; mechanical blueprint reading; measurement, geometric dimension and tolerance; basic computer operations; and OSHA training.

For more information, call Roy Augustine at the Madison County Career Center in Oneida at 363-2400.

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