ROME, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) - You have a chance to land a paid apprenticeship with a new program aimed at supplying qualified candidates to manufacturers with open jobs in the area.
Onondaga Community College is teaming up with local employers to offer an Apprenticeship Accelerator Career Training Program.
During the 10-week-long program participants will be trained for positions including CNC Machinist, Machinist, Tool Maker and Maintenance Mechanic.
Students will be paid during the program. Anyone who successfully completes the coursework will enter into a 4-year apprenticeship in advanced manufacturing which includes benefits and built-in pay increases.
Students will complete their apprenticeships at one of the following employee partners: Bartell Machinery Systems in Rome, Kilian Manufacturing in Syracuse, Precision Systems Manufacturing in Liverpool and Stickley in Manlius and Selflock Screw Products in Syracuse.
The program was developed with local manufacturers struggling to find qualified candidates to fill their many open jobs.
Dan Drake, Production Floor Supervisor at Bartell Machinery, says, "There's not a whole lot out there, guys coming out of school they've got a little bit of knowledge but it's not really where we'd like it to be, this program I think is really going to help out."
"I've been doing workforce for close to two decades now and this is new to me and I believe it's the best model we've ever built," says Mike Metzgar, Associate Vice President of Economic and Workforce Development at OCC.
This program is built on the knowledge that manufacturers have jobs they need to fill, are willing to make a commitment to qualified people, and work with OCC to customize the curriculum for them.
Metzgar tells NewsChannel 9, "The employer is part of the selection process so someone's even thinking hey I want to train in this field, well people who hire in this field sit down and get a say, they sit down and get a vote so fundamentally the guy who's going to pay you someday kind of helps steer you into potentially going into this field."
Drake adds, "You come in here you're going to name your price by how hard you work, how quick you learn and how much you really want to do."
The 10-week-long program will be held on the Onondaga Community College campus.
Anyone interested in a career in manufacturing is encouraged to register for an information session on the program.
The information session will be held Tuesday, February 20 from 6-9 p.m. in Coulter Hall, room C116.
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