Bucks Graduates First Upper Bucks Class from Metalwork Training Program
Eight students are poised to be hired for well-paying manufacturing jobs after 12-week program
Bucks County Community College, whose Center for Workforce Development supports the economic development of both individuals and businesses, recognized eight students as the first class to graduate from the college’s expanded metalwork training program at the Upper Bucks Campus.
The graduation ceremony took place May 18 at the campus located in Perkasie. College President Stephanie Shanblatt was the featured speaker. Officials from the Bucks County Workforce Development Board, Upper Bucks County Technical School, Upper Bucks Chamber of Commerce, and manufacturing company partners also attended.
The training, which began in February, consisted of four days a week of classroom instruction and once-a-week visits to manufacturing facilities. The hands-on machining and welding training was provided in partnership with the Upper Bucks County Technical School.
The graduates have taken the National Institute of Metalworking Skills certification exam, and are qualified to be hired for well-paying manufacturing jobs. The college’s partnership with over 60 companies, coupled with individualized job placement assistance, has led to a very high job-placement rate.
The free training was funded through a federal grant from the U.S. Department of Labor Workforce Innovation Fund. The goal is to provide training to develop the necessary skills to pursue a successful career in our local manufacturing companies.
The next metalwork training program in Upper Bucks will begin in early fall. To learn more about the program, contact Susan Herring, Interim Executive Director of Workforce Development, at 215-968-8364 or Susan.Herring@bucks.edu.
Instructors pose with members of the first Metalwork Training Program held at the Upper Bucks Campus. They are (front row, left-right): Nicholas Krill of Ambler, Eric Garry of Quakertown, Thomas Neuman of Perkasie, and Brandon Tscheschlog of Ottsville; (back row, left-right): instructors Bill Kellerman, Michael O’Neill, and Fred Hashagen; graduates Alec Rea of Quakertown, Sheridan Schempp of Lansdale, and Donald Price of Telford. (Not pictured: Christopher Sine of Quakertown).