Press-Republican

April 6, 2013

New program trains students for local industry


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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.

SUMMER TRAINING

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.

CAREER BOUND

“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.

INDUSTRY TOURS

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.

“The response from manufacturers has been great,” DeDomincas said. “Students have had the chance to tour two facilities so far.”

FOUR MODULES

The Standard Council will award certificates to individuals who pass any one of its four production modules: Safety; Quality Practices and Measurement; Manufacturing Processes and Production; and Maintenance Awareness.

Those who pass all four modules will receive a full Certified Production Technician Certification.

The partnership will focus on students’ attainment of the Maintenance Awareness Certification, a nationally recognized credential that can help them gain employment immediately.

The program will also offer them the option to take more sections of the certification training in the future.

GENERAL JOB SKILLS

In addition to the technical skills, students will participate in the National Work Readiness Credential, which teaches students about the soft skills they need in any job. That curriculum includes sections on financial literacy and math, situational judgment, active listening and reading comprehension.

The program helps train students to remain professional in the workplace at all times.

“Traditionally, we have talked to high-school students about career opportunities that develop after the completion of two-year or four-year college-degree programs,” Beekmantown High School Assistant Principal Joha Battin said in the news release.

“The IMPACTT Program offers a new way to approach career preparation by encouraging students to pursue college training that leads to career opportunities in less than two months, with encouragement to return for additional training when it is needed for career advancement.”

For more information, contact DeDominicas at 562-4144 or via email at paul.dedominicas@clinton.edu.