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Bringing New Life to a Changing Industry
PHILADELPHIA, JAN. 9 – Community College of Philadelphia seeks to satisfy the demand for skilled workers while providing every neighborhood in the city access to highly-skilled technical careers with its new, conveniently located Advanced Manufacturing training programs.
This academic year, the College launched an historic partnership with the Philadelphia School District’s state-of-the-art Benjamin Franklin High School Center for Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering, which will allow it to offer technical courses at that location in the evenings and on Saturdays, when high school classes are not in session. The high school is located just blocks from the College’s Main Campus near Center City, and major public transportation hubs.
The first of three technical training programs begins Jan. 23 and classes continue throughout the spring semester: CNC Precision Machining Technology, Welding Technology, and Electro-Mechanical/Mechatronics Technology. All these courses provide a path to high-paying, entry-level careers. Labor data from EMSI for the greater Philadelphia region show entry-level salaries for CNC operators at $41,120; electro-mechanical technicians, $61,780; machinists, $43,820; and welders, $39,120.
Advanced manufacturing is a growing industry that uses technology to produce, improve, and design the products people use daily. According to a recent Philadelphia Works report, core industries in advanced manufacturing grew by 13 percent between 2007 and 2013.
The creation of the College’s program came out of a task force, cited in the city’s Office of Manufacturing & Industry 2016 Annual Report, which was charged to come up with ways to best serve the City’s workforce and employers city-wide. “Our Mission is tied to providing programs that can train our City's residents with the skills matched to the needs of our businesses. Through employer-focused partnerships, we contribute to the success of students and in the development of its businesses,” said Donald Guy Generals, president of Community College of Philadelphia.
All three advanced manufacturing programs have been approved for Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) funding. Prospective students can contact a local PA CareerLink office to determine if they are eligible to receive vouchers to cover the costs of the training programs. In addition, the College has partnered with the Wanamaker Institute of Industries to establish the Wanamaker Scholars Program that can provide partial financial support to Philadelphia residents who meet eligibility requirements. In addition, classes are currently open for registration for Welding and Precision Machining. The Electro-mechanical program will be offered at the College’s Center for Business and Industry. To learn more, visit their website.
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