Micro-credentials in Manufacturing

NCC offers free manufacturing certification course

Northampton Community College is offering an accelerated manufacturing training program for those who have struggled to attain consistent employment or education. Beginning in January 2017, the "Micro-credentials in Manufacturing" program will prepare successful completers for entry-level positions in the manufacturing industry, and will create a talent pipeline to help employers find qualified employees. 

This non-credit program, funded by a grant from the U.S. Dept. of Labor, ETA (Education Training Administration), features five courses in which a student can earn stackable credentials to transition directly to work or to continue learning in a credit program. The courses will cover multiple aspects of the manufacturing industry, and provide specific instruction for jobs in assembly and quality inspection as well as operator positions.               

The training is free to participants who meet eligibility requirements, including: must be able to work legally in the U.S., be 18 or older, and must have at least an 8th grade-level English and math ability. No high school diploma or GED is required for the program. 

Interested participants can attend an information session to learn more about the program. The sessions will be held every Wednesday throughout the month of January and February at Northampton's Fowler Family Center, 511 E. Third St. in Bethlehem, from noon to 1 p.m., and from 5-6 p.m. in room 423 on the 4th floor. No registration is required to attend the information sessions. Information sessions will also be held every Tuesday from 10-11 a.m. at PA Careerlink, 555 Union Blvd. in Allentown. 

For more information, contact Jason Haller at 610-861-5071 or jhaller@northampton.edu. For bilingual information, contact Rosa Gomez at 610-332-6317 or rgomez@northampton.edu. Program information can also be found on Facebook @micro.cred.1.