Person looking through microscoPerson looking through microscope holding microchippe holding microchipSUNY Broome is seeking unemployed persons to enroll in the Manufacturing Basics Training Program.  A $75,000 New York State Department of Labor award granted to the college will enable more than 30 unemployed individuals to gain critical manufacturing skills wanted by local companies.

The application deadline for the program is Nov. 1, 2017.

“SUNY Broome has long played an essential role in the region’s workforce development, and our new Manufacturing Basics Training Program furthers this critical work,” said SUNY Broome President Kevin E. Drumm. “Area employers are hiring, but they need employees with the right skill sets. Programs such as this one play such an important role in boosting the local economy, and helping Southern Tier residents find rewarding careers.”

The 58-hour program begins Nov. 6 and runs through Nov. 17, 2017, and instills trainees with manufacturing skills needed for entry-level positions with many local and regional companies. Attendees will earn High Performance Manufacturing Certification, which has been approved by the Broome/Tioga Workforce Investment Board Operations Committee as a local certification of entry-level manufacturing skills.

Classroom training includes hand tool usage, shop floor math, reading measuring devices, assembly drawing interpretation, technical report writing, quality overview, computer basics and MS Excel.  Participants must score an average of 80 or better on the post-tests to be certified. Successful completion of the program guarantees interviews with participating companies.

Eligible candidates must be “dislocated workers” to participate in this skills training program. Candidates may be eligible as dislocated worker if they:

  • have been terminated or laid off, or received notice of termination or layoff, and are unlikely to return to a previous industry or occupation;
  • have been terminated or laid off, or received notice of termination or layoff, as a result of any permanent closure of or substantial layoff at a plant, facility or enterprise;
  • were self-employed, but are unemployed as a result of general economic conditions or because of natural disasters;
  • are displaced homemakers; or
  • are a spouse of a member of the Armed Forces on active duty and have experienced a loss of employment as a direct result of relocation to accommodate a permanent change in the service member’s duty station.

All candidates must be screened at the Broome Tioga Workforce NY offices located in Binghamton and Owego for eligibility determination.

“The value and benefits of this program are immeasurable,” said Janet Hertzog, director of SUNY Broome Continuing Education and Workforce Development.

For more information contact:  Janet Hertzog at 607-778-5203, or