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December 27, 2012

NECC starts machine tool training program

LAWRENCE — In response to a recent jobs report that projects the manufacturing sector will seek to fill 100,000 jobs over the next decade, Northern Essex Community College, in partnership with the Greater Lawrence Technical School, has developed a Machine Tool Training Program (MTTP) to educate and train area workers for those jobs.

The pilot program will be launched in late January, and will train 10 unemployed or underemployed individuals. Developed with input from local employers, the program will train people to operate computer numeric controlled (CNC) machines, which are used to produce metal parts with high precision.

Graduates of the program can expect to compete for jobs paying on average $22 an hour according to George Moriarty, director of NECC’s Workforce Development and Corporate Relations.

“After decades of decline, manufacturing is enjoying a significant rebound in Massachusetts and across the nation,” Moriarty says. “Low-paying factory jobs have been replaced by careers… careers with competitive wages in advanced manufacturing fields such as semi-conductors, aerospace, plastics production, and medical equipment.”

Those who complete the training will receive a certificate from Northern Essex Community College.

For more information contact Moriarty at gmoriarty@necc.mass.edu or call 978-659-1200 or visit online at www.necc.mass.edu/noncredit.

Learn about Year

of the Snake

PLAISTOW — Come to a Chinese New Year celebration at Plaistow Public Library on Monday from 1 to 2:15 p.m.

It’s the Year of the Snake. Learn about the tradition, use the Zodiac calendar to look up your birth year, and make a craft.

This program is for children ages 6 to 12. Registration is required.

Call 382-6011 or visit plaistowlibrary.com. The library is at 85 Main St.

Pancakes, story served at Kingston library on Jan. 4

KINGSTON — It’s a special story and pancakes at Kingston Community Library on Friday, Jan. 4, from 4 to 5 p.m.

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