Machinist training program honors individuals

Several individuals completed the inaugural Advanced Manufacturing Machinist Training Program at Jamestown Community College’s Jamestown Campus and North County Center.

Michael Brehm, Mary E. Canfield, Michael A. Garnett, Christopher A. McClaran, Oliver Nagel, Alison A. Smith, Ronny L. Travis, Jesse A. Vogt, and Wade K. Williams were honored for their achievements at a recent ceremony.

The program was created to provide training that is immediately applicable in a machining environment, and included skills in other areas such as drafting, computer numerical controls, and mechanical engineering. Based on an identified need for skilled, qualified machinists to fill vacancies in their organizations, various local manufacturers provided input into creating the program and agreed to consider successful machinist training program graduates for possible employment.

JCC’s Centers for Continuing Education at the Jamestown and Cattaraugus campuses and North County Center received a state Department of Labor grant through the Western New York Regional Economic Development Council’s Consolidated Funding Application to offer the machinist training program.

The program involves a total of 15 credit hour classes and 60 hours of non-credit classes. The training was spread over 11 months, and enrolled 27 students across JCC’s sites.

Organizations that provided input, feedback and support for the training included Chautauqua County Workforce Investment Board, Manufacturing Association of Southern Tier, Southern Tier Advanced Manufacturing Institute, Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce, Cummins JEP, Jamestown Metal Products, TitanX, Excelco/Newbrook Inc., Bailey Manufacturing Co. LLC, Ring Precision, Cattaraugus-Allegany Workforce Investment Board, Cattaraugus-Allegany One-Stop, Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce, Lufkin RMT, Dresser Rand, Napoleon Engineering Services, and Keystone Tool and Die.