PLATTSBURGH — Beekmantown High School, Clinton Community College and several partners have started a new training program.
Joining the schools in the Innovative Manufacturing Partnerships Advancing Careers through Technical Training Program are ETS Inc., CITEC and the North Country Workforce Investment Board.
The purpose is to address the local manufacturing industry’s need for a skilled workforce and help high-school graduates find sustainable-wage jobs in Clinton County.
“We are trying to give students the opportunity for career exploration and alternative educational pathways after graduation,” Paul DeDominicas, CCC director of community and workforce development, said in a news release.
The Innovative Manufacturing Partnerships began in November and will run through this summer.
It gives Beekmantown High School students the opportunity to meet business professionals and educators to explore the manufacturing industry and options for employment after graduation.
In July, new Beekmantown graduates can participate in training to obtain the Manufacturing Skills Standard Council’s Certified Production Technician and National Work Readiness Credential.
The program will culminate with an employment event focused on job placement in local manufacturing companies.
“I’m pleased that we are moving away from discussing high-school students as either college bound or not college bound,” David Coryer, ETS director of staffing services, said in a news release.
“The IMPACTT Program is demonstrating that every student has the capacity to be career bound through innovative partnerships in manufacturing, education and employment.”
The program included two school-wide information sessions, giving all students the opportunity to meet with program partners and learn about the educational options.
March started with four activity days, when students participated in a morning team-building activity and toured Clinton Community College and a local manufacturing company to experience what it would be like to study, become certified and be employed in the manufacturing field.