A new Jamestown Community College certificate program that will support the region's manufacturing base has been approved by the New York State Education Department and the State University of New York.
The 30-credit hour machine tool technology certificate will be offered on JCC's Jamestown Campus with core machine tool courses taking place at the Manufacturing Technology Institute (MTI).
According to Larry Straight, coordinator of technologies at JCC, the new certificate provides an excellent base for someone to enter a career in manufacturing as well as an opportunity for individuals who are currently employed to strengthen their skills.
"Students will become proficient in the operation of basic machine tools such as lathes, milling machines, grinders, drill presses, and precision measurement equipment," Straight said. "Courses in solid modeling and computer numerical-controlled (CNC) programming are included to provide an introduction to two specific areas that are important for overall understanding of the field. Students will also develop skills in basic mathematics and writing appropriate to a machinist position."
All credits earned in the new certificate program can be applied toward JCC's Associate in Applied Science degree in mechanical technology - machine tool specialization.
Todd Tranum, executive director of the Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier and MTI, noted that the certificate program fills a specific regional need. "Manufacturing is alive and well throughout the Southern Tier," he said, "and its future depends on men and women who are ready to join the workforce. Openings for individuals with the skills this certificate provides exist now and will continue well into the foreseeable future."
"Students who enroll in the machine tool technology certificate program may be eligible for JCC's National Science Foundation 21st Century Scholarship," said Jean Schrader, assistant dean of sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics. "The scholarship provides annual awards ranging from $500 to $3,125 to qualified students."
Applications for students interested in enrolling in the new machine tool technology certificate next fall are being accepted now in the college's admissions office. Students can also begin some of the program coursework during JCC's upcoming summer sessions.
"Students who want to be able to hit the ground running with this program next fall are encouraged to connect with us now so we can assess their readiness," Ms. Schrader said. "Math is one area where it might be particularly appropriate to prepare with summer courses."
For additional information, contact the JCC admissions office at 716.338.1001 or visit JCC at www.sunyjcc.edu.