Governor Patrick Announces Joint Manufacturing Training Program(SPRINGFIELD, Mass.) (WGGB)–Governor Patrick visited Springfield Technical Community College on Friday to announce a joint manufacturing training program between STCC and Holyoke Community College.
The governor had just come from Boston where he signed into law a $36.5 billion dollar state budget,”It continues a practice of ours of signing balanced budgets , slower growth, than the previous administration but still continued investment in education, innovation, and infrastructure because that grows jobs and opportunity,” says Governor Patrick.
Governor Patrick came to town to announce the launch of the joint manufacturing training program.
Students like Michael O’Malley will benefit from advanced manufacturing careers,”I’m looking forward to getting a job with a good manufacturing company, the skills they are teaching me now are preparing me for a career in manufacturing and hopefully going on to engineering and engineering design,” says O’Malley.
Right now, there are more jobs in precision manufacturing available than workers to fill them,”How can we train people and get people into the workforce at different levels as far as entry-level, more advanced skill set,” says STCC Professor John LaFrancis.
Massachusetts economic development officials say training programs like the one announced at STCC are the reason the state is leading the nation in growing a 21st century advanced manufacturing sector.
The joint training program is a public-private sector collaboration. A number of area businesses including MassMutual and Smith and Wesson for example have contributed to the partnership to try and fill the need for skilled workers in the region.