Bucks County Community College, whose Center for Workforce Development supports the economic development of both individuals and businesses, has recognized 11 students who graduated from the fourth session of its Industrial Maintenance Training Program.
The students were honored at a December 1, 2017 ceremony at the college’s Gene and Marlene Epstein Campus at Lower Bucks in Bristol Township. Since the program’s inception a year ago, all graduates have received offers for employment, according to Susan Herring, interim executive director of workforce development.
“Our job-training programs have been life-changing for so many people,” said Herring.
“For example, one of our students had recently been laid off after his position had become automated. After going through our grant-funded Industrial Maintenance Training Program, he was able to secure a new job, while maintaining his previous wage.”
Another success story is Kameron Edwards of Bristol, Pa., a former police officer from Arizona who had been working part-time as a security guard.
“Kameron has already accepted a position with a local employer,” said Herring. “He’s very excited about having a new career and the future he will now be able to provide for his young family.”
In addition to industrial maintenance training, the Center for Workforce Development offers metalwork training. With a 94% job-placement rate across both programs, graduates are qualified for well-paying entry-level jobs in manufacturing and maintenance.
Both programs were developed by the college in partnership with local manufacturers in an effort to address the shortage of skilled labor. The free training is provided by the college through a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration.
Bucks is now seeking students for the metalwork training program that begins February 5. Although the training is free, students must first meet certain criteria to qualify. To learn more about the program, contact Stephanie Wenger at 215-968-8478 or [email protected]
To learn more about Bucks County Community College’s Center for Workforce Development, visit www.bucks.edu/cwd.
Here’s a list of some local graduates from Industrial Maintenance Training:
- Sean Carroll, Levittown
- Kameron Edwards, Bristol
- Robert Hambrecht, Doylestown
- Ian Hill, Red Hill
- Kevin Howell, Bristol
- Sean Killeen, Warminster
- Sean Kurtz, Langhorne
- Joseph Martin, Langhorne
- David Neithercott, Churchville
- Tim Rosica, Doylestown
- Ajden Sina, Warminster
And some local companies that participated:
- ABB, Inc.
- Acme Corrugated Box
- Ball corporation
- Bromiley Machines
- IMET Corporation
- Mazza Iron and Steel/Resource Recycling Management
- The Rodon Group
- Specialty Ring Products
- Waste Gas Fabricating Inc.