PLATTSBURGH — Beginning in January, a new micro-credential course in manufacturing skills will be available to participants in Coryer Staffing's RAMP program.
Advanced Manufacturing Essential Skills 1 is a self-paced, hybrid online/lab-based training offered through a partnership between the staffing agency and Clinton Community College.
“Offering micro-credentials through Clinton Community College as part of the RAMP program has the capacity to have a dramatic, demographic influence on our community and prove that with structure and support, local high school graduates can reliably and capably fill entry-level positions in a variety of industries,” Coryer Staffing CEO and co-founder Elizabeth Goerlitz-Coryer said in a statement.
CCC Vice President for Academic Affairs John Kowal added that micro-credentialing "is a great way to provide for partnerships and connections for students and companies in our region.
"I look forward to working with this program to better the training and education of our local youth."
The course combines 26 hours of online work with six hours in CCC's Institute for Advanced Manufacturing lab.
Skills covered will include safety fundamentals, Mathematics for Technicians 1, lock out/tag out, mechanical fasteners, hand tools, power tools and employability based on Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC) criteria, according to a press release.
CCC Dean of Enrollment Management Anna Miarka-Grzelak told the Press-Republican that students have four months to finish the course from the day they start.
"There is an instructor assigned to answer questions students may have while they are studying online and he'll be coordinating the required labs on campus," she explained.
Like many other courses, Advanced Manufacturing will have open labs.
"With the help of the instructor, students will individually schedule a time that works for them during the IAM open hours to come in and do the hands-on lab component," Miarka-Grzelak said.
Advanced Manufacturing Essential Skills I is the first prerequisite for the MSSC Certified Production Technician Credential, the press release said.
CCC developed the course just for RAMP participants, Coryer Staffing Director of Communications and Special Programs Meg LeFevre told the Press-Republican.
A North Country Workforce Development Board grant covers the cost, she added.
RAMP — which stands for "Ready, Able, Marketable, Proven" — "specifically engages high school graduates with little work history and sets them on an upward trajectory through structure and guidance, skill development and training, and diverse work experiences," the press release said.
As part of RAMP, participants rotate to three different industrial employers over the course of a year, the Press-Republican has reported.
The statewide unemployment rate for youth ages 16 to 19 is 20.7 percent, according to the New York Association of Training and Employment Professionals 2019 State of the Workforce Brief.
"Locally, high school guidance counselors estimate that 30 percent of seniors graduate with no plans for their future," the press release said.
Coryer Staffing COO and co-founder David Coryer said in a statement that one of RAMP's greatest strengths is its ability to connect with high school students and show them strong local employment and education opportunities.
"Our partnership with Clinton Community College brings industry and education together to serve this population in a way that has not been done before in our region."
CCC President Ray DiPasquale said in a statement that the program will provide an excellent opportunity for local students to gain skills needed for the workforce.
Both market demand and the value for CCC led to the course's creation, LeFevre said.
"The unemployment rate is really low, but along with that goes low enrollment at CCC and, I believe, community colleges all over the country," she added.
"We are exposing potentially non-college-bound high school graduates to what is offered at CCC with the hopes that after this year of work they’ll have a better idea of what they want to do and some of them probably will want to go to CCC to pursue their education."
CCC also offers Welding 1 and 2 micro-credential courses which have been designed to meet skills required by local industries, particularly those in transportation, Miarka-Grzelak said.
The next session begins in January and is open for registration.
"The college is developing more micro-credentials to offer next year including one in electrical competencies," Miarka-Grzelak said.
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An open house for those interested in the Advanced Manufacturing Essential Skills 1 micro-credential course will take place Saturday, Jan. 25.
For more information on the program, call 518-324-5678 and ask for Meg LeFevre or Sarah Brennan.