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    Lackawanna CollegeCurrent NewsCampus NewsVeterans Graduate from Manufacturing Skills Training Program

    Veterans Graduate from Manufacturing Skills Training Program

    The Northeastern Pennsylvania Industrial Resource Center (NEPIRC), in partnership with Lackawanna College, graduated area veterans from its Accelerated Manufacturing Career Readiness Program on November 16th.

    This 3-week program prepared veterans for placement within high-demand, well-paying manufacturing jobs. The training was available free of charge to local military veterans.

    Officials from NEPIRC and Lackawanna College recognize veterans graduating from the Accelerated Manufacturing Career Readiness Program on Nov. 16, 2017. From left, front, NEPIRC President and CEO Eric Joseph Esoda, James Clark, Claudette Williams, Ray Walker, Alex Pummer, and Lackawanna College President Mark Volk. Back, Jason Cotter, Joseph Saporito, and Keith Dunmire.

    The curriculum was based upon input from more than 30 regional manufacturers seeking to add to their workforce. As a result, a mix of technical and interpersonal skills were covered in a blended adult-learner format of classroom time and application. The training also included manufacturing plant tours and supplemental online learning.

    “This was a great experience that upskilled our local veterans, got them ready for a new career in advanced manufacturing and resulted in on-the-spot interviews for many,” said NEPIRC President & CEO Eric Joseph Esoda.

    Training was provided by NEPIRC’s staff of experts, Lackawanna College faculty, and Tooling U-SME.

    “Lackawanna College was excited at the opportunity to partner with NEPIRC on this exceptional program. Providing pathways for local veterans to meaningful, family-sustainable wage positions in manufacturing not only helps them but our region as well. The program represents just one more way that Lackawanna College truly is life changing,” said Lackawanna College President Mark Volk.

    Other major sponsors of the program include the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, General Dynamics OTS, SIMONA America, CSS Industries, JAM Works, Quadrant Engineering Plastic Products, Weiler Corporation, and Lamar Advertising.