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Tuesday, November 1 • 2:55pm - 3:45pm
Advancing Career Pathways in Automation and Quality

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Mount Wachusett Community College will present examples of industry-education partnerships it has developed through its advanced manufacturing programs. This will include program and curriculum development and review as well as delivery of curriculum to incumbent workers as a means to improve employee skills. Examples of short-term non-credit training delivered to incumbent workers will be shared. A 40-hour Quality Systems Training Program and a 60-hour Automation Technician Training Program will be presented. The intended audience for this presentation includes educators and employers looking for models and lessons learned regarding industry-educator partnerships. The objective is to show how both partners can benefit and how unexpected outcomes can emerge. The result of the described efforts is a demonstration of how short-term training can help build a career pathway and provide an impetus for students/employees to improve their employment prospects. Results from the programs and its associated outcomes will be presented along with employer perspectives. Additionally, program revisions and enhancements made for subsequent trainings will be discussed.


John Henshaw

Dean, Workforce Development, Mount Wachusett Community College

Gretchen Ingvason

Senior Learning Specialist, Mount Wachusett Community College

Myrna Matos

Associate Quality Manager, SMC, Ltd.

Julie Rivera

Incoming Quality Inspector, SMC, Ltd.

Nathan Roberts

Tech Ops Admin/Calibration Tech, SMC, Ltd.

Jennifer Stephens

Senior Learning Specialist, Mount Wachusett Community College

Tuesday November 1, 2016 2:55pm - 3:45pm
Meeting Room C