Education & Training
Monroe Community College Fall 2011 Update
MCCís Precision Machining Program started with a strong group of new full time students this fall.† Forty new full time people working towards Machining Certificates and A.A.S. degrees!† This is an excellent start for our program and one of the largest groups we have started in a few years.† We also have about 20 students in the second year of their A.A.S. degree that are hoping to graduate this coming May. Although these numbers are relatively small in the scope of the need in our local companies, we are optimistic that we will continue to attract strong students into this program.
While our day school is doing well, our night school is struggling.† We canceled a CNC programming class this fall for low enrollment and could have easily canceled several others.† Our night classes are filled predominantly by apprentices and incumbent workers increasing their skill or knowledge base.† We donít see many people taking these classes to do a career change.† For this reason it is very important that we get help filling these classes from the local machining industry.† We typically run classes in CNC programming, CNC mill set up, and MasterCam every semester.† We stagger the machine maths, print reading ,machine labs and theory classes, either as a fall or a spring only class.† This forces students to take specific classes in the correct order and helps us create a cohort of students, (typically apprentices,) to move together through the progression of courses needed for their apprenticeships.† If we did not do this, they would take courses out of order and many of the classes would be under enrolled.We are working hard to accommodate students but when classes are too small we have to regretfully cancel.
We typically send out two email reminders about class registrations each semester through the RTMAís email list.† If you are not seeing these or you believe the reminders are going to the wrong person in your company, please contact me and we can make the change.†† It is important to us that the correct person in each company that is responsible for employee training and skill enhancement is aware of our class offerings.† With the abundance of hiring currently taking place in this industry we hope you continue to use MCC as your training provider to continually improve the skills of your workforce.
MCC hosted a work readiness program this summer for basic machine skills.† This training was provided by a NYSTAR grant.† The students received 200 hours of manual machine skills on lathes and mills and very basic introduction into CNC machines.† They also learned math for machinists and print reading.† Eleven people graduated from this program at the end of August.† Most of the students are still looking for jobs.† If you are interested in speaking with any of them, please contact Ross Micali, 292-3726 or firstname.lastname@example.org.† He would be glad to talk to you.
High school level machine training continues to fall off. This year Edison Techís machining program is in transition with no students enrolled and BOCES 1 in Fairport will finish the senior class thatís currently in the program and then they will end the machining program at the end of this school year, 2011/12.† A little farther away, Erie 1 BOCES in Buffalo closed down their machining program this year.† Most of the BOCES programs in the Finger Lakes region struggle with low enrollment.† This is a very bad trend for the local companies that are starved for workers requiring these kinds of skills.† Also, about one half of MCCís fall precision machining classes come from the BOCES centers.† MCC is a very strong advocate of these programs and offers dual credit opportunities with most.† I have also heard of at least two large suburban schools that have cut Technical Education teachers from their schools.† Unfortunately, this runs exactly opposite to what should be occurring.† Without strong Tech Ed, (shop) classes in the schools kids never get exposed to building anything and often donít know they even have an aptitude for skilled careers.It is important for RTMA members to continue sending the message to parents, school counselors, and administrators that manufacturing is alive and well in the Finger Lakes region and that there are jobs for skilled workers.† We can do that by offering tours for parents and students and working with school career counselors to provide internships, coops or shadowing opportunities.
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