Courtesy of the Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development

Governor Tom Wolf today announced funding is being awarded to Northampton Community College (NCC), through the Manufacturing PA Training-to-Career (MTTC) Grant program, to develop a new Precision Machining program for low-income individuals, veterans, and others in the Lehigh Valley.

“I’m proud to support Northampton Community College’s Precision Machining program,” said Gov. Wolf. “This is one of many programs at the college that helps put well-trained, skilled candidates out in the workforce quickly and pairs good, steady jobs with those who need them.”

Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Acting Secretary, Neil Weaver, visited NCC’s Fowler Campus to discuss the funding and tour the facilities.

NCC was awarded $50,252 through the MTTC program to implement Precision Machining, an eight-week, 250-hour program that will teach the safe handling and operation of machining tools most used in the manufacturing industry. Recruitment will target individuals who are low-income, lack basic technology skills, or are unemployed due to the pandemic. Veterans, career changers, or out-of-school youth who have no post-graduation plans or have changed their plans due to the pandemic are also being recruited for the program.

“All of us at NCC are delighted with the ongoing support and interest shown by DCED in our Industrial Skills training programs,” said Lauren Loeffler, NCC vice president of Workforce Development and Community Education. “With the funding provided, we have been able to run several successful programs that address the needs of our citizens and local employers looking for well trained and vetted entry level employees.”

According to Loeffler, a number of NCC’s students face barriers to employment, and are unskilled, under-skilled, unemployed, or career changers who can take advantage of the Precision Machining Program.

“It’s wonderful to see NCC’s manufacturing training programs in action,” said Weaver. “These trainees are eager to enter Pennsylvania’s workforce and begin manufacturing careers, and it’s great to see first-hand the types of training they are receiving to be able to excel in the industry.”

For more information about the Precision Machining Program visit northampton.edu/machining, or contact Marsha Stiles at mstiles@northampton.edu or 610-332-6490.