On August 9, Northampton Community College (NCC) held a graduation ceremony at the Fowler Family Southside Center for 12 successful precision machining training program students. This 250-hour training program was funded by the PA Department of Economic and Community Development (DCED). Training began in June and was conducted in the machining lab at the Career Institute of Technology (CIT) and NCC’s Fowler Family Southside Center.  

The jobs in this field are considered high priority occupations, and employees with these skills are in demand. “Starting wages are competitive and opportunities for job growth and various career paths in manufacturing are many,” says Lauren Loeffler, vice president of workforce development and community education at NCC. A customized curriculum prepared the students with accurate, high-quality resumes as well as interviewing skills to ensure employability. Loeffler said, “By choosing to take advantage of this training, generously funded by DCED, our graduates will help to keep our local economy strong and growing. They have all studied and worked hard over the 8-week program and owe much of their success to the wonderful instructors and support personnel who managed this grant program.” 

One graduate shaking hands with NCC President, David A. Ruth

Director of Workforce Development Initiatives for the DCED, Gwen Ross, attended the graduation. “The Wolf Administration is proud to support NCC’s precision machining training program through our manufacturing PA training-to-career program. Through this program, NCC has prepared a new group of well-trained, skilled candidates to enter the workforce quickly, helping to meet the region’s need for entry-level manufacturing workers. By earning three industry-recognized National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) credentials, the students graduating from this program are sure to find good, steady jobs,” Ross said with pride. 

The 2022 graduates

Deb Rumsey

Murray Moreno

Miguel Aquino

Scott Nocek Jr

Gage Shelly

Jack Baylis

Adan Guzman

Zeus Fuentes Beristain

Phoebe Ndege

Ted Kabuiku

Jacob Hanley

Cristian Batista


To learn more about the precision machining program, visit https://www.northampton.edu/machining.