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Partnering for Local IMPACTT

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

March 13, 2013 - Beekmantown High School and Clinton Community College have partnered with ETS, Inc., CITEC and The North Country Workforce Investment Board to pilot IMPACTT -the “Innovative Manufacturing Partnerships; Advancing Careers through Technical Training” program -to address the local manufacturing industry’s need for a skilled workforce, while also helping high school graduates find sustainable-wage jobs in Clinton County.

“We are trying to give students the opportunity for career exploration and alternative educational pathways after graduation,” said Paul DeDominicas, Director of Community and Workforce Development at CCC.

IMPACTT began in November and will run through this summer, giving BHS students the opportunity to meet business and industry professionals as well as educators, to explore the advanced manufacturing industry and options for entry-level employment after graduation. In July, new BHS graduates will participate in training to obtain the Manufacturing Skills Standard Council (MSSC) Certified Production Technician (CPT) and National Work Readiness Credential (NWRC). IMPACTT will culminate with an employment event focused on job placement in local manufacturing companies. “I'm pleased that we are moving away from discussing high school students as either college bound or not college bound. The IMPACTT program is demonstrating that every student has the capacity to be career bound through innovative partnerships in manufacturing, education and employment." said David Coryer, Director of Staffing services at ETS, Inc.

So far, the program has included two school-wide information sessions, giving all students the opportunity to meet with program partners and learn about the different educational options. March saw the first of 4 activity days, where students participate in a morning team-building activity, and then tour Clinton Community College and a local manufacturing company to experience what it would be like to study, become certified, and then employed in the manufacturing field. “The response from manufacturers has been great. Students have had the chance to tour two facilities so far,” says DeDomincas.

Technical training for the BHS graduates is scheduled to begin this summer. The MSSC CPT Certification addresses the core technical competencies of higher skilled production workers in all sectors of manufacturing. The MSSC awards certificates to individuals who pass any of its four Production Modules: Safety; Quality Practices & Measurement; Manufacturing Processes & Production; and Maintenance Awareness and a full CPT Certification to those who pass all four. IMPACTT will focus on students’ attainment of the Maintenance Awareness certification, which sets students up with a nationally recognized credential to help them gain employment immediately, while also offering them the option to take more sections of the certification training in the future.

In addition to the technical skills, students will participate in the National Work Readiness Credential (NWRC). The NWRC teaches students about the soft skills they need in any job. NWRC curriculum includes sections on financial literacy and math, situational judgment, active listening, and reading comprehension. The NWRC helps train students to remain professional in the workplace at all times.

"Traditionally, we have talked to high school students about career opportunities that develop after the completion of two year or four year college degree programs. The IMPACTT program offers a new way to approach career preparation by encouraging students to pursue college training that leads to career opportunities in less than two months, with encouragement to return for additional training when it is needed for career advancement," said Joha Battin, Assistant Principal at Beekmantown High School.

For more information contact Paul DeDominicas at (518) 562-4144 or via email, Paul DeDominicas