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Vermont Tech Receives More Than $12 Million in Grants and Donations to Launch Advanced Machinist Apprenticeship Program

Wednesday, January 2, 2013
An in-kind software donation worth more than $12 million from Siemens PLM Software, a world-leading provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software, and a $36,960 grant from the Vermont Department of Labor, are supporting a new, four-year registered certificate/apprenticeship program in advanced manufacturing at Vermont Tech. The program comes as the result of GW Plastics, North Hartland Tool Corporation, and Concepts NREC joining forces with the Green Mountain Economic Development Corporation and Vermont Technical College’s Office of Continuing Education and Workforce Development.
“We are extremely grateful to Siemens PLM Software and to our state and private industry partners,” said President Philip Conroy. “Continuing to build a highly skilled workforce is a priority, and we thrilled to be a leader in providing educational opportunities that lead to prosperity for our graduates and the Vermont economy.”
The Advanced Machinist Apprenticeship Program will allow individuals to take college courses at a convenient time and location while working full time. The program provides the opportunity for career advancement and it meets a growing workforce need for advanced manufacturers in Vermont.
“How difficult is it to recruit a skilled advance machinist in the state of Vermont? As a human resource manager, I can tell you it is next to impossible to do so,” said Lucy Lesperance, Human Resources Manager at North Hartland Tool Corporation, a leader in the design and manufacture of precision fixtures and gages, as well as precision machining and micro-hole drilling. “The apprenticeship program in Vermont will give us the advantage in years to come.”
Students in the program will study Design Communications, Manufacturing Processes, Metrology and Inspection, Tool Geometry and Metal Cutting, Computer-Aided Technology, and more.
“This certainly seems to indicate a more robust Vermont manufacturing industry than some people may be aware of,” said Jeff Higgins, Program Director for External Programs at Vermont Tech. “It also shows how highly regarded a Vermont Tech education is by manufacturers in the state.”
About Vermont Technical College – Vermont Technical College is the only public institution of higher learning in Vermont whose mission is applied education. One of the five Vermont State Colleges, Vermont Tech serves students from throughout Vermont, New England, and beyond at its two residential campuses in Williston and Randolph Center, regional campuses in Brattleboro and Bennington and at six other nursing campuses located throughout the state. Our academic programs encompass a wide range of engineering technology, agricultural, health, and business fields that are vital to producing the knowledge workers need most by employers in the state and in the region.