Westchester Community College and the county’s economic development office announced their new advanced manufacturing skills training program on Tuesday, with the aim of building the skills of local workers.
“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 in-demand careers,” said Bridget Gibbons, director of Westchester County Economic Development and President. of the County Task Force on the Advanced Manufacturing Industry. âManufacturing 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. “
Through the program, people with little or no experience in the field or in any field of manufacturing can access the high-demand career field, with the trends in the Westchester area being no exception.
âWestchester County is home to a diverse, high-tech manufacturing industry that has a tremendous impact on our local economy,â said George Latimer, Westchester County Manager. âThis program will help equip the next generation of employees with valuable skills and ensure our businesses have access to the talent they need locally. “
Some high-tech manufacturing companies operating in Westchester and represented on the County Industry Working Group include Bantam Tools, Micromold, Magnetic Analysis Corp. and Packaging Technologies & Inspection. Students will be able to observe the manufacturing process at businesses like these in the county.
The program is not a degree program, but a certification program, upon completion of which students will hold Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC) CPT 4.0 certification and acquire the skills to manufacture products using technologies such as artificial intelligence, robotics and 3D. printing, while learning the basics or safety and quality.
It will be launched in January 2022.