LINCROFT, N.J., March 09, 2015 – New Jersey’s Fabricated Metal Product/CNC Manufacturing program graduated its newest class of trainees today during a ceremony held at Brookdale Community College in Lincroft. The Christie Administration launched the advanced manufacturing training initiative about three years ago in partnership with the New Jersey Community College Consortium and the New Jersey Business and Industry Association Manufacturers Network, which is led by LWD’s Advanced Manufacturing Talent Network.
“We are proud of this Fabricated Metal Product/CNC Manufacturing program,” said New Jersey Labor Commissioner Harold J. Wirths. “We changed our training model by aligning our training efforts with the needs of New Jersey employers, which give the participants in the program an opportunity for a real job that’s in demand while also offering a sustainable career.”
Today’s event marks the 11th class of graduates from the Metal Product/CNC Manufacturing program, and the second training class to use the mobile lab unveiled last summer. The mobile lab is a self-contained manufacturing learning workshop on wheels equipped with nearly 400 square feet of classroom space as well as computers and hands-on equipment to train individuals in the advanced manufacturing areas of CNC (Computer Numerical Control) metal fabrication and mechatronics.
Of the 11 students graduating, two are taking on full-time positions and two have job offers pending. Nearly 200 individuals have been trained in metal fabrication, CNC and certified production technicians with an 85 percent job placement rate.