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Free manufacturing skills training set

on October 27, 2016 10:44 AM
Indiana, PA

The Indiana County Technology Center (ICTC), which has provided quality technical training to the tri-county area for the past 35 years, has partnered with the Tri-County Workforce Investment Board and the West Central Job Partnership to offer Pre-Apprenticeship/Basic Manufacturing Skills Training.

This training is designed to equip participants with the basic skills needed to gain entry-level employment or enter an apprenticeship in the manufacturing field.

The training is offered at no cost to students through a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry. The 150-hour course will cover a variety of topics, including math, blueprint reading and manufacturing processes. Students will gain hands-on experience with basic shop equipment operation, such as use of lathes, drill presses, milling machines and surface grinders.

Classes will be taught by instructors who have considerable experience in the industry, many of whom also teach ICTC’s own trade programs. Those who complete the training will have the opportunity to earn their OSHA 10-hour General Industry and NIMS certifications, as well as several ToolingU Certificates of Completion and Forklift Classroom Certification.

The training will run simultaneously at two locations: the ICTC’s Main Campus at 441 Hamill Road in White Township and at the Lawrence County Career and Technical Center in New Castle.

The 10-week program will run three days a week, Monday through Wednesday, between 3:30 and 9 p.m.

Classes are scheduled to begin Nov. 14 and will run through Jan. 31. Each site will have a maximum capacity of 15 students.

Participants must have a high school diploma or GED, and be able to pass a drug screen.

Those interested in the training can contact the Indiana County Technology Center Adult Education office at (724) 349-6700, ext. 131, or email

Space is very limited — interested individuals are encouraged to register early.

ICTC’s own Machining Technology Program is the only Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) Prime School in the state. Prime Schools actively engage and build a collaborative network between students, educators and industry to grow and train the next generation workforce while, with the added benefit of driving awareness and interest in the manufacturing industry.

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